How to Avoid Impacting Your Developers’ Productivity

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When it comes to productivity, most advice focuses solely on how you can increase it. However, if you don’t look at the activities that are harming your developers’ abilities to complete their work quickly and efficiently, you are missing a critical part of the productivity puzzle.

While examining the impact of your actions can be difficult, it’s vital if you want to create an ideal environment where your team can thrive. With that in mind, here are a few ways you may be contributing to your developers’ lack of productivity.

Too Many Meetings

Excessive meetings can be a killer if your team is rolling in a productive mindset. While some may be necessary to keep the team on track, frequent meetings, especially when they aren’t planned, function as little more than interruptions, preventing your developers from getting into the zone. Even the hour leading up to the meeting is less productive than it could be as your team is usually preparing for the interruption, so they don’t get to concentrate on the task at hand.

If you simply must have a meeting, make sure it is scheduled in advance and well timed. Embrace morning standup meetings to get status updates before anyone dives into their work and schedule longer ones immediately before or after lunch, as these times feel less like interruptions.

Micromanaging

Constantly interjecting while a developer works or standing over their proverbial shoulder are damaging to productivity. Not only can chiming in interrupt their thought process, it is harmful to morale, as constantly judging their choices demonstrates a lack of trust in the abilities.

Usually, micromanaging destroys a developer’s motivation, as they are certain their efforts will be undermined. Along with productivity dips, micromanaging can cause a skilled developer to seek out job opportunities elsewhere, something that can leave you shorthanded and without top-tier talent.

Allowing Scope Creep

Managers often have the final say regarding a project’s goals and objectives. While being a bit flexible is often necessary, allowing scope creep to constantly alter what the project entails is horrible for productivity.

Often, scope creep occurs when a project wasn’t well-defined initially or when the proper controls weren’t put in place. This allows seemingly small requests to pile on, leading a project to become increasingly complex and time-consuming, especially when a new addition means previous work must be redone.

Ultimately, all the points above are ways management may contribute to a lack of productivity as they hinder a developer’s ability to focus and do great work. By ensuring these situations don’t occur, your team can be more efficient and effective, allowing more tasks to be completed in less time and to a higher level of quality.

If you are interested in learning more about keeping your developers productive, the professionals at VB can help. Contact us to discuss your questions and concerns with one of our skilled team members today and see how our workplace expertise can benefit you.

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