We all fret over building the best products and delivering amazing experiences. Although, good products make good companies, such products are not possible without an awesome team to work with.
Great products are a result of the efforts of dedicated teams; teams that distinguish themselves as exemplary, with the potential to become indispensable assets over time for any organization. Products evolve and change over time, they might not even exist after a few years. However, if the focus has been on creating a well-knit, dedicated team, you’ll always be in a position to take advantage of new opportunities.
The best teams prioritize and create a positive, healthy, internal culture because they know how important it is to the overall success of an organization. In changing entrepreneurial dynamics, it is very important to highlight the value of collective responsibility and empathy. Simple adaptability won’t do. The atmosphere should carry a shared understanding of what teamwork stands for and how a culture of positivity evolves. The creative capacity of the team should be tangible in a manner that arouses a sense of belongingness in everyone.
So, what exactly is required to make a great team?
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
We believe that there are 10 traits of any team that make it great and enable it to deliver amazing products.
1. Higher levels of mutual trust.
Members trust each other and are comfortable with other team members owning the process and product. If there is mistrust between the team members, it will prevent them from sharing their responsibilities.
2. Differing POVs, debates and disagreements.
Teams that don’t argue are not really teams. Arguments and disagreements for the sake of productivity come from a place of trust. Bringing new ideas to the table, when debating, is in the best interest of the product.
3. Cooperation between senior and junior members.
Direct interaction between senior and junior members provides a fluent flow of information and makes it easier for the juniors to learn about all those aspects that can come only from experiences. Fantastic teams are a blend of expertise and vigor, which sustain themselves in an environment of teaching and learning. Having an “all senior” or “all junior” team is a mistake.
4. The company’s trust.
No team can fully function unless the company trusts it, no matter how good it is. Teams are assigned goals and they need support and autonomy to meet them. Micromanaging teamwork would restrict their ability to function and impede them from achieving optimal results.
5. Unpredictability is a Virtue.
It’s hard to predict group behavior when forming a new team or readjusting the organization. Any assumption about how well people gel together can be wrong. Sometimes one person becomes that missing puzzle piece and takes things to the next level, or the one that drags it all down.
At workplaces, people should be allowed to experiment working with different teams. For example, a designer from one team should be free to work with another team. The rotation often helps people adjust better; some might want to go back to their original teams while others might prefer to stick with their newfound co-workers. When such an opportunity is provided, where people are able to discover newer domains and reorganize themselves, the odds of building a tremendous team increase.
6. Mistaken Vibes Shouldn’t Be an Issue
Putting together an ideal team is easier said than done. Team members might appear to get along along very well and give you the impression of a really amazing team. But later on, you might realize that they deliver minimum or below par productivity, or the Web or mobile app development are low in quality. While you may not be impressed with the results, the team itself might think things are running smoothly; they might enjoy working together, they might be good friends and they might see no problems at all. This can happen when the link between managers and team workers is missing – a lack of information sharing.
Great teams are bound to deliver extraordinary products. You can count on them, for that is what they are known to do best. They’re best because they are efficient, work tightly together and come up with brilliant products.
7. The Best Teams Can Cope With Anything
The best thing about having a vibrant team at hand is that you can pitch almost anything at them and they’ll find a solution. Most companies mess things up by bringing together their ‘best performers’ and catapult them at the problem. Working on strategic initiatives or larger projects requires dedicated co-operation; in such a situation ‘best performers’ fail to deliver because they have trouble working together. So why not hand over the project to a well-knit team that is already comfortable working together and concentrates on executing solutions as soon as possible?
8. Sticks in a Bundle are Stronger
Breaking up an efficient team by shifting a few successful workers to other teams so as to improve the other teams’ functionality is a bad, bad idea. Teams operating at higher ends have learnt the art of working together and have realized its value. Breaking up a highly efficient team is the same as losing it, because their new teams might not inspire them in the same way as their previous team did – challenging and supporting at the same time, providing the impetus towards success.
Instead of breaking them up, such teams can be made examples of teamwork for everyone. Other teams could take a leaf from the success stories and try mixing it up to create opportunities for members to work in new combinations.
9. Call a Spade a Spade
It is common practice to refer to people as ‘valuable resources’ or merely ‘resources’. The referral can be totally innocent and not harsh at all. Yet, organizations need to be more people-focused, beyond resource management, to build great teams and deliver amazing products. It requires a lot more from us on humanistic grounds.
People are not pawns who can be deliberately moved around. Workplace environments need to change to facilitate, encourage and empower people to find their best co-workers. Let’s form new groups, allow people to adjust themselves and, if they begin weaving magic, support them. Building an exceptional team is a culture; let it evolve into a greater one and you’ll sense that your company, your product and all of your employees are benefiting from the change.
10. Professionalism — A Core Value
Last but not least, adjusting, creating space for others and learning how to work alongside each other is very important. The success of a team lies in collaboration. A team is comprised of individuals possessing different skill levels. It is very important for individuals to realize the value of being able to work together, with each other.
People should be professionals. Being professional doesn’t necessarily mean giving your best and producing the most, no! Well, it does in a way, but greater results are achieved by helping people adjust with a team they can really enjoy being with.
Sometimes things can go wrong and interpersonal problems might arise, but they need to be resolved as quickly and as effectively as possible. Teammates need to embrace the differences in the way others work and communicate. There’s no guiding spirit to achieving better results, but they are obtained as a result of varying team perspectives – by being flexible and capable of repeating a process, to consistently modify and improve. This gives confidence to all team members that the end product will be highly refined and desirable, even if it doesn’t work out well initially.
Coming up with great products and a greater team is a blend of art with a lot of genius, mostly unscientific. Build yourself a team that is dedicated, highly collaborative and completely professional. Having a positive internal culture will nurture and nourish your employees, and boost productivity. It is imperative to value your teams and allow them creative freedom so that they feel motivated to come up with incredible products. If you get off on the right foot, chances are that you’ll succeed in the future and face fewer risks.
TkXel is home to a team of die-hard technology enthusiasts, remarkably talented and hard-working people. Good is the enemy of great — so why settle for anything less than the best. Our teams are dedicated to deliver awesomeness, and will keep their sleeves rolled up to maintain high standards of quality, commitment and integrity.
Get in touch if you’re looking to build your next amazing product.