Maintaining Development Team Motivation in the New Normal
July 09, 2020

Nitin Bhatia
Anexinet

Keeping the motivation of your remote development team motivated is a challenge enough, let alone having to do that with the current reality of COVID-19. Here are a few ways to keep the team's spirit high:

Meaningful and challenging work

First and foremost, have meaningful and challenging work. Talk to each of the team members to understand what drives/motivates/excites them. Having this understanding helps make better decisions on assignments and projects. And while it not always possible to get 100% alignment between what team members would like to work on and what they are currently working on, being transparent about the decision making will establish trust with them.

Input/feedback

Take the opportunity to provide input/feedback. Having a platform or avenue for team members to voice their feedback is a great way to embrace the "one team" spirit. These sessions can be extremely insightful in understanding the challenges faced by team members and collaborating on possible solution as a team. In the agile world, these sessions are referred to as "retrospectives."

Reward and Recognition

Defining goals as a team not only helps strengthened the "one team" spirit but also allows the team to celebrate when these milestones are achieved. This is an opportunity to recognize the team and even individual team members who went above and beyond. One crucial aspect of recognition is to know what the team values, both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Experimentation

Allowing team members to set aside some of their time to work on a project/technology that they are passionate about is essential to keeping them engaged. Having this autonomy, comes with defining the scope of their project, establishing timelines, and demoing to the team — all great skills for their personal and career growth.

Flexibility

The COVID-19 pandemic has turn everyone's lives upside down, so it is important now more than ever to give team members the flexibility they need to get their work done. As long as there is clear communication of expectations and deadlines, team members should be given the flexibility to work their activities based on their schedule and working styles. This allows team members to be in control of their work, keeping them engaged and motivated.

It is important to remember that team members come from a variety of backgrounds, so an approach that might motivate one team member, may not work for the other. It is key to keep the lines of communication open with your team members to gain an appreciation for what they value. When working with remote development team, keep in mind:

■ It is better to over-communicate

■ Be transparent

■ Provide a non-confrontational space to collaborate

■ Allow for autonomy and flexibility

Nitin Bhatia is Director, Digital Strategy Services, at Anexinet
Share this

Industry News

August 12, 2020

Datadog announced the general availability of Continuous Profiler, a low-overhead 24x7 code profiler that measures the performance of code in production.

August 12, 2020

Pulumi announced significant new capabilities for Kubernetes, including cloud native deployment automation options, ecosystem integrations and migration tools.

August 12, 2020

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the availability of a new training course, LFS268 - CI/CD with Jenkins X.

August 11, 2020

Datadog announced the launch of Incident Management.

August 11, 2020

Progress announced the latest release of Progress® Test Studio®, the automated UI load and performance testing tool.

August 11, 2020

Symmetry Systems emerged from stealth a year after raising $3 million in seed funding.

August 10, 2020

Red Hat announced the launch of Red Hat remote certification exams.

August 10, 2020

Signal Sciences announced an integration with Microsoft Azure App Service for the Signal Sciences next-gen Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) solution.

August 10, 2020

Copado announced Copado Government Cloud to help government agencies accelerate the time-to-value of Salesforce digital transformation projects.

August 06, 2020

Push Technology announced the launch of a new Kafka Adapter for their Diffusion Intelligent Data Mesh.

August 06, 2020

Appvia announced the launch of its Cost Prediction and Visibility tool, integrated within the latest version of its Kore platform.

August 06, 2020

LogiGear announced the newest addition to the TestArchitect™ family, TestArchitect Gondola.

August 05, 2020

Logz.io announced a partnership with HashiCorp, a provider in multi-cloud infrastructure automation software.

August 05, 2020

Digitate, a software venture of Tata Consultancy Services, announced the release of ignio™ AI.Assurance, an autonomous assurance product that enables enterprises to deliver better software faster, enhancing their business performance.

August 05, 2020

Harness acquired self-service Continuous Integration firm Drone.io, the creator of the open-source project Drone.