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Improving Team Focus Through Quality Task Delegation: Leapwise’s Number 1 Rule

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In the modern world, there’s plenty of advice on improving team focus and quality task delegation in the workplace, but it all means nothing if the nature of a job is such that makes focus impossible or difficult to achieve. Although our job at Leapwise is not mass production of software, we can make some fairly interesting comparisons with the said example.

Back in 1912, Henry Ford, a well-known American industrialist, introduced the assembly line to increase employees’ productivity and to enable mass production of automobiles as well as the quality task delegation – each worker spent their shift working exclusively on their own specific task.

Task delegation in software development

A variety of projects with dedication to one project at a time

Leapwise development team is divided into three smaller teams: the IoT team that works on projects in the field of the Internet of Things, the Cybersecurity team that works on cybernetic security projects and the BSS/OSS team that deals with business support systems and operations support. 

Each team focuses on one project for a certain period of time, and each development engineer remains part of the same team for an extended period. Each engineer, and often even the whole team, is dedicated to only one project from its beginning till the end.

Improving team focus

This type of work organization yields various benefits for improving team focus. For example; better focus, in-depth knowledge of the domain currently worked on, and familiarity with all project details.

Also, there are no unnecessary interruptions (context switching), stress levels decrease, project management is simplified, and progress tracking becomes more accurate. Furthermore, an engineer focused on one project can recognize all its possible shortcomings and implement adequate improvements. This results in better quality of the final solution and it is most likely completed before the due date. And all of that while improving team focus.

Therefore, after we have spent enough time in one team and finished our part of the work on a specific project, we have the opportunity to transfer to another team, which is excellent for team cooperation because, eventually, we will have worked, at a certain point, with every person in the company. Besides that, the possibility of switching teams encourages job diversity and prevents monotony in the workplace, from which we are additionally ‘safeguarded’ because we work in three interesting industries and with clients from all over the world. 

Improving team focus with devotion to professional development

Although we work on dynamic projects and have the option of transferring to other teams, this does not mean that we neglect the specialization and professional development of each member of the team. 

Software development is one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing industries of today. In such an industry, a good development engineer, as one of its key participants, should always be acquainted with the newest concepts and technologies, and through exposure to ideas and problems of a certain domain, over an extended period of time, become an expert in that specific field.

At Leapwise, while our benefits list goes a long way, the greatest emphasis is set on professional development. That is why we create a dedicated development plan for each team member, and it is created according to each individual’s professional aspirations. We all go through in-house and external education, the world’s best conferences, and much more, which helps us keep up with said latest trends within the software development industry.

For example, JavaChampion trainings, JNation, GitNation, or GrowthTribe trainings, as well as OCA, OCP, Scrum Master, or Prince 2 certificates, are some of the ways in which we improve our theoretical knowledge, while through everyday work on specific projects, we implement said theory into practice.