Finding the Best Project Workflow for Your Tech Team

I've seen my fair share of project management approaches. From Agile to Kanban, these methods have become the norm in the tech industry. But what if I told you that there's a better way? A way that can evolve with your team's operations and education level?

Let me share a story with you.

A few years ago, my team was tasked with developing a new product for our company. We initially started with the Agile methodology, but we quickly realized that it wasn't the best fit for our team's skillset and the project's needs. We had team members who were more experienced in a traditional waterfall approach, and others who preferred a more iterative approach.

Instead of forcing everyone to adhere to the same approach, we decided to customize our project management methodology. We took the best parts of Agile, Waterfall, and other methods, and created a hybrid approach that worked for us.

We divided the project into several phases, with each phase having a different approach. For example, the planning phase was more traditional waterfall, while the development phase was more Agile.

The result? We were able to deliver the project on time and within budget, and the product was a huge success. Our team members were also more engaged, as they were able to work in a way that suited their strengths.

So, why is customizing your project management approach so important? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Flexibility: Not every project is the same, and not every team is the same. By customizing your approach, you can adapt to the unique needs of each project and team.
  2. Engagement: When team members are able to work in a way that suits their strengths, they are more engaged and motivated. This can lead to better outcomes and higher quality work.
  3. Innovation: By taking the best parts of different methodologies, you can create something new and innovative that works for your team.

In conclusion, don't be afraid to break the mold and customize your project management approach. Speak to your team members about their preferred way of working, and be open to trying something new. You never know, it could lead to your next big success story.