How to Manage Dedicated Android App Development Team?

Assuming you have already gone through the challenging process of finding and hiring an expert Android development team, managing the team is the next big challenge. But if carried out properly, it can reap extensive results because having dedicated developers to work for you is an added bonanza with all the skills & expertise they bring with them. 

If you have ended up here, you’re probably looking for tips and tricks to effectively forming an application development organizational structure. And manage them efficiently & leveraging all the benefits of remote development. As an Android app development agency, we talked with some of our project managers with significant experience who specialize in managing an offshore Android team. Here is what they recommended to help you manage things well. Let’s dive in. 

Tips and Tricks to effectively manage a dedicated app development team

1)Put forward clear expectations.

If your expectations are set and clear, it would be easier for your team to collaborate and achieve your expectations and even exceed them. But more importantly, you must have real achievable expectations because opaque expectations are bound to confuse your dedicated Android developers and create understanding issues. In that case, you also risk quality development for your project. Thus, be sure to put forward clear expectations. Here’s how you can achieve it: 

Even before you put forward your expectations, pen them down, share them with your close-knit, and ask for suggestions. Writing it down will help you review it sometime later, make revisions, and analyze it in the background. Here are some examples of the expectations you can put forth; this has been suggested by the project managers at our Android studio. 

  • Work should be according to the timelines.

  • Reporting before the start & end of the day along with the task list for the day

  • Code-pushing every three days. 

  • Update the team if there are any discrepancies in work. 

Explain your expectations to your team in detail, and ensure they understand them. Even share the scope of work of your project and ask them to make considerable efforts to accomplish these goals in the set timeline. 

2)Adopt openness & honesty 

Create an environment where honesty and openness are valued. Some organizations consider it unacceptable to go against the upper management even if they are wrong in some aspects; thankfully, at Cerdonis, we have an open culture, where everyone is encouraged to speak for the right and get solutions to an outright problem. 

Adopt openness & honesty, make constructive criticism a part of the app development approach, and make sure to build a safe, solution-based environment. 

3)Schedule meetings

Remember everyone is working remotely, so be considerate about your developer’s timings and schedule meetings beforehand. Don’t force your developers to attend quick meetings, which usually could turn into more long meetings. 

Once a week, make sure to schedule a meeting with your whole dedicated software development team. This will help you and your team bond over and sync with the entire project’s progress.  

4)Communicate right

No matter how the big problem is, communicating and communicating right is the key. Besides, in remote associations, communication is the only powering force; there are no informal chats to gauge the stress levels nor lunch time just to know what’s going on, let’s say, on the designing level. Therefore, a virtual space where your app development team can discuss things is necessary. 

Try using effective communication and project management tools to make their job easier. Remember, there are plenty of tools available in the market; your job is the pick the right one for your team and do a favor to them. 

Also, make sure your instructions are received as you had expected. For example, important instructions about Android frameworks to be used and the APIs to be incorporated. Repeat important instructions, ask your dedicated Android programmers to confirm by explaining what they understood, and be doubly sure of whether your team has received the message in the right way or not.  

Not to forget, have frequent one-to-one communications, whether it is with your dedicated UI/UX designer or dedicated Android app developer, and ask them what they feel about the progress or if they have any suggestions. Making them feel included will motivate them to achieve their goals on a higher level.   

5)Foster feedback culture

A culture based on feedback will help you go a long way. Give feedback to your team regularly and vice versa. This will help you create an environment that is purposeful and outcome-based. Feedback given in the smallest of things will make them feel that there is someone who checks on them and will keep them goal-oriented. 

Also, it is best advisable to give feedback face to face rather than via text messages, as text messages sometimes leave room for doubts and misunderstandings. Avoid it as much as you can. 

6)Enable a disciplined reporting structure

Team control and a disciplined reporting structure work simultaneously. Ask your team to report to you at the start and end of the day. Moreover, ask your team to send a task list of the tasks they will do on that day.

This will also help them prioritize their task and be clear about what they must accomplish. Moreover, as an Android app development team, we ask our developers to send a report at the start & end of the day. 

Additionally, our Android team of developers even sends a comparative report at the end of the day stating whether they completed all the tasks they planned to do in the morning or information about any other task they took up in the day. 

7)Appreciate them

That’s not it; once they send you the details of their work and report at the end of the day, check it, and appreciate them if they have accomplished everything in their task list or they took up an urgent task and gave their day for it. 

A positive acknowledgment and appreciation culture will encourage them to work advantageously for you and get the best results in your Android solution. Indeed awards & appreciation will truly inspire them even to work harder.  

8)Be the backbone of your team - support in & out. 

You are the backbone of your dedicated app development team, supporting them in all aspects. You should know that there will be times when your Android app development journey will be like a roller coaster idea, there will be lows and highs, and that is part of the journey.  

When it's raining success for you, celebrate your achievement with your team. 

And when times are stressful, handle it well. 

The way you govern those happy/sad hours will determine how good you are as a leader!

9) Fixing each & every developer's roles and responsibilities in the project. 

Last but not least, even before you commence your Android app development journey, think from a company’s perspective and fix your mobile app company organization structure. Have a hierarchy of who will report to whom. 

On top of that, while forming the scope of work itself, fix the roles & responsibilities of each & every developer in your project. For example, assign the most talented and experienced developers in your team the complex modules of your Android app; segregating the work based on the developer’s level will make things clear and straightforward for your team.  

When it comes to reporting, it should be like junior designers reporting to senior UI/UX designers and senior UI/UX designers reporting to the team lead. This way, everyone will feel valued and carry out their duty well, supporting your end goal to the fullest. 

Final word

As an android app development company leading with a team of 30+ Android developers, what we do is — for every Android project, we assign a Project manager that will take care of the workflow of that project. The project manager’s role is to strategize the entire product development journey beforehand, assign tasks and inspect if everything is going well. 

Moreover, our approach to managing a dedicated team also involves supporting the need of our programmers and designers, fostering an environment of work-life balance, and incorporating team-building events along with HR guidance. 

At the same time, at Cerdonis, we ensure there is professional growth. We believe that not only change should be the only constant, but even growth should be constant. Establishing a good rapport, communicating right with the app development team, and having an excellent one-on-one bond is a way to go a long way. Do connect with us to know more about managing a dedicated team or hiring a dedicated team. 

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