Growing the team is one of the most challenging tasks for the business owners and top management. Most companies are often unsure about when and how to scale up their software product development team and come across questions like “When is the right time to expand the team? How to do it? What are the objectives of growing the team?”
This blog posts discusses the answers to these questions and possible scenarios where you might be able to decide that this is time to hire new resources.
Your Startup is Growing:
When the customer base of the company is growing, you constantly need to come up with new upgrades and features. This is the time you need to scale up and bring new team members on board. The companies who fail to scale their product team at the right time lose their competitive advantage in the market. So it is vital that you hire new developers to match the required development pace for frequent updates and new releases of your product.
Your Product line is increasing:
If you are planning to increase your product line from one single product to multiple products. An elementary example of this can be Skype. Skype has introduced multiple horizontal products i.e. Skype for Individuals, Skype for Businesses, Skype for Enterprise. All these apps belong to a single product but are supported by different teams. So if you are a company adopting the same approach, you should expand your team.
Mismanagement of Projects:
When you are handed over many projects but lack the resources to give attention to each project in the pipeline. Moreover, the nature of projects is diverse, and your current team lacks the expertise and skills, then this is the time companies ought to scale the product team.
Passing Deadlines Often:
If the company is failing to meet deadlines often, that means that there is poor project management and not enough resources to complete all the tasks. So you have to scale up and after creating more teams assign tasks accordingly.
1. Firstly, the company has to be clear on the objectives it wants to achieve after hiring employees. Objectives such as speed up the development time, extend the product line, solve particular issues at the internal level, etc. After clearly defining the objectives, you can portray your need for new resources.
2. The company should pay more attention to the product development process, the product manager should have complete technical understanding in order to keep a close check, keep things align, and ensure completion of project tasks within the expected timeline. Each team member should pay attention to his/her responsibility and proper reporting measures should be in place to track the progress of the project.
3. The communication gap between new and old team members should not be a barrier to achieving goals. They should engage with each other and ensure maximum teamwork.