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5 Best Practices Managing Remote Software Developers

Having the thought of doing remote work can receive mixed reactions. A recent 2020 study on the productivity, perception, and perks of remote employees conducted by the folks at RecruitingDaily revealed some mixed statistics.

Remote work can be challenging for individuals, especially for those accustomed to an office-based work environment. What’s even more challenging is when you try to manage a team. Studies also show that more companies are adapting to remote work and work-from-home options. 

On this rundown, here are some tips and tricks on managing remote software developers.

 

1.) Minimize Change

Have a Break

 

It is no secret that humans are reluctant to change. With the current pandemic, the shock can be as huge as reporting to the office one day to having to set up a home office the next. The environment might have changed, but not everything else has to.

Try to break-in the change slowly. Retain as much of your team’s habits as possible. For example, keep your schedule. If scrum meetings happen at 9 AM, keep them at 9 AM! If your team used to have a scheduled coffee break, remind your team of that break and hangout through Hangouts.

2.) Communication is Key

Connect with Team

 

 

Building on the last one, maintain an open communication line with everyone, now more than ever! It’s easy to check on your developers when they’re just a cubicle glance, few steps, a whisper or holler away, not so when you’re in different cities. This is when open communication channels are ever important. Channels such as Slack, Skype, MS Teams are more important than ever.

Encourage your team to act as they would in the office. Setup groups and encourage everyone to use them as much as possible and only use DMs for personal or confidential concerns.

 

3.) Make Yourself and Work Available

 

Available

Communicate your schedule to everyone, especially for full flex teams. Don’t just decide what time to check in to work on the same day.

Encourage everyone to use that status indicator VERBOSELY. It’s much more encouraging to see a “back in 15” status than an indefinite “offline”, “away” or worse, “online” but not responding for an hour.

Create a virtual desk and leave your team-owned resources there. This could be as easy as sharing a Google Drive folder for everyone. Leave end-of-day commits and notes.

 

4.) Create A Virtual Office Space

Virtual Office

 

If you want to take it a step further, set up a virtual office space where everyone can be with everyone else though miles apart. Use teleconferencing software to create a virtual presence for everyone.  Apps such as Google Hangouts, Whereby, and 8×8 can be great for this purpose.

Going back into the statistics from the RecruitingDaily study, the top two things people miss from being in the office are PEOPLE

“Being around other people” and “office camaraderie” accounted 38% and 35.2% respectively for “What remote employees miss most…”, outdoing “Free coffee” which only landed third place – who would have thought that?

 

5.) Check on Your People

 

Check on People

Remember that your people are PEOPLE.  Work may not be the biggest burden on your people’s back (or yours), it could very well be the “other things” around.

Take time to connect with your team, not as a manager, not even as colleagues, but just as human beings. Schedule a meeting with your team where you can have some casual and real face time. As much as possible avoid work-related topics and just do catch up and casual talk. This could be as short as 15 minutes per week for a team of four or an hour or two every month for a whole department or small firm.

These are the ways LANEXUS keeps its remote team during this pandemic secured and mentally healthy.  We hope that  these practices help you to keep your team productive and active while working remotely.

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How to Work with Remote Developers in A Post-COVID World

Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over, many companies including LANEXUS are already looking forward to adopting the practice of remote work in the post-COVID scenario. The abundance of remote work is already a trend that is amplified due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. For many businesses, the enforced move to do remote work over the past few months has presented overwhelming challenges. 

Adapting to the current working situation, most tech companies rely on third-party applications to communicate and collaborate with their team to support their work and make them more productive. This setup helps businesses to manage every team and will make everyone’s work efficient. 

*0% of Developers WFH

Doing remote work, somehow helped employees determine the benefits of the setup. Many developers that are having this setup during this crisis said that most of them are more productive than working at the office. The current crisis may be a critical moment in the occurrence of a new normal for software development practices. Some would say that social distancing spares developers from wasting their time in meetings and can make them even more effective multi-taskers. 

Most of these developers working from home are as effective as they were in shared office spaces with the aid of collaboration tools.

There are hundreds of tools that fit perfectly in a remote work environment. Here’s a shortlist of popular tools that everyone should consider using in their companies:

Tools

 

Team communication: Slack, Zoom, Google Meet, Skype

Documents: Google Docs, Confluence, Grammarly.

Collaboration: Google Drive, Dropbox

Project management: Atlassian JIRA, Trello

We have recommended some of these collaboration and project management tools in our previous blogs here: Top 5 Best Apps for Working Remotely and 5 Best Collaboration Platforms for Developers

Remote work will always be a choice but because of this pandemic, it has now become a primary choice and a critical business environment. If the same level of productivity and collaboration on office work is met while working remotely, it might be the only option for almost everyone.

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6 Reasons Why Software Projects Fail

There are various reasons why software projects fail. Even small projects with highly skilled and experienced developers and testers are prone to failure. Here are the possible reasons that will affect the success rate of the project.

1. Not investing enough time and money in your team
Insufficient Time and MoneyDeveloping a software program or application is costly. Lack of budget is one of the primary reasons why software projects fail. After the software has been implemented and tested, maintaining it, in the long run, is another financial burden. This includes fixing bugs/issues, server, domain, and website hosting fee. Maintenance is included in the software development cycle.

2. Inaccurate estimates and bad planning

Inaccurate estimates and bad planningInaccurate estimates and bad planningMiscalculation of time also has a huge impact on the success rate of ta project. If the target release date of the project is too early, then quality would be affected because developers will have to rush on their code work. Some great features of the software might be skipped. Testers will also have a limited time, major bugs and issues might be ignored.

If the target date is too long or delayed, then sponsors might stop funding the project. Proper scheduling is a crucial method.

3. Unqualified resources (Substandard engineers)

Inexperienced Software Engineers

Lack of experience and skill is a major factor. Developers who lack skill will most likely take a long time to implement a feature or implement a feature successfully, but with poor quality and it doesn’t fit to the standards of the client.

4. No acknowledgment from user feedback means ignoring opportunities for improvement.

Lack of client feedback

Constructive criticisms, user feedback and suggestions from other people will enlighten more ideas on how to improve the overall usage of the software by adding more features or enhancing the existing ones. There will always be imperfections, even if the testing team gives a green light to publish the software. With the help of other people, even those who are not part of the development, we can detect more quality issues.

5. Unclear requirements

Unclear requirements

The software has too many excessive features. These are features and functionality that is not really needed or not part of the project. This will make the software less visual appealing to the clients and users. It might also affect the performance of the software because more features will require more computing power. Most users will prefer straight-to-the-point usability.

6. Poor communications

Poor communications

Poor or lack of communication also has an impact on the success rate of the project. The language barrier and cultural diversity affects communication between developers, testers, designers and other people who are involved in the project. Some projects are handled remotely. People in this kind of projects usually communicate using voice and video chat applications. There are some factors that are beyond control, such as loss of electricity and internet instability. Communication is always better when it is being utilized in actual face-to-face talking.

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Top 5 Best Apps for Working Remotely

In these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have been forced to start working from home. It is a fact that working from home isn’t for everyone, however with the right equipment and following the advice of those who have been doing it for years, it can be as productive or more than from the office.

Our team is not exempted but we are adapting to this new normal they called teleworking. Here are the top 5 applications that will help you with your teleworking, from well-known applications to applications you may not have known you needed.

These applications will help you manage your work from home more easily and be more productive

 

#‍1 Zoom (For Meetings)

Zoom

Zoom is one of the best applications to make meetings either with your team or with your customers and besides standard features for video meetings and presentations, it offers real-time chat, video recording, screen sharing, calendar integrations, and even virtual background and “touch-ups”.

It’s a classic that couldn’t be missing from this list.

 

#2 Google Drive (For document creation, cloud storage, file sharing, and collaboration)Google Drive

Google Drive makes the creation and sharing of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files an easy and effective way to collaborate with others remotely. It also gives you fine-tuned control over who can see your files and what they can do with them.

The no-frills cloud storage encompasses a suite of online office apps that are comparable with Microsoft Office. Google Docs (the word processor), Google Sheets (the spreadsheet app), and Google Slides (the presentation app) can import, export, or natively edit Microsoft Office files, and you can use them to work together with colleagues on a document, spreadsheet or presentation, in real-time if you wish.

 

‍#3 Google Calendar (To get organized with all your tasks)

Google Calendar

You don’t need any complicated calendar application when you have one with everything you need from Google. Google Calendar is a great time management tool for keeping your schedule straight and coordinating with teams and customers for meetings, work sessions, vacations, etc.

 

#‍4 Slack (To communicate with your team)

Slack

It’s one of the most popular team communication tools nowadays, and it also has video calling, file sharing, and integrations with other remote working tools like Google Calendar and Jira.

 

#‍5 Trello (Collaborative Task Manager‍)

Trello

Trello is a visual collaboration tool that creates a shared perspective on any project. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your tasks and projects and share them with all the members of your team.

We know it can be a challenge when you’re not used to it but in the end, it’s all about productivity, once you start being productive in a place outside your office, everything starts to fall into place and you start realizing the benefits of working remotely.  

‍All the applications on the list have free versions, which means you won’t need to pay anything!

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What are PWAs and why do we need them?

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) exist as a middle ground between your normal responsive website and a native app. these are fast, cost-effective, and are easily discoverable. They should be leveraged as part of any new and existing mobile strategy.

It works like a regular website but can offer user functionality that are only available in native apps.

Why do we need them?

They are relentlessly fast

They quickly respond to user experience and you can smoothly scroll through pages without being interrupted.

High on reliability

Users’ content loads instantly even when the connection is poor and it becomes a reliable source of information. Therefore the users are likely to visit more often.

Highly engaging

PWA utilizes a full screen to work with, similar to a native application, This makes them highly engaging and usable.

Cheaper than Native apps

Since they are only web pages, they’re much more economical and do not use the device storage.

Below are some of the best PWAs of 2019 platform to build a  progressive web app:PWAs Logo

Among other reasons, React let’s you port applications to native apps easily.

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Top 3 Frontend Frameworks in 2020

To start, let’s take a look at the most in-demand frontend development frameworks based on factors such as awareness, overall happiness, usage by company size and salary range, a show of interest, ease of use, and reach.

React

ReactReact is designed to build component-centric applications. Built by Facebook, this framework makes it easy to create simple yet interactive user interfaces.

Famous products built with React:

React Apps

VueJS

Vue.JS

Vue.js consists of approachable and an adoptable ecosystem that scales between a library and a full-featured framework. This helps tackle the complexity of SPAs.

Famous products built with VueJS:

Vue Apps

AngularJS

Angu;ar JS

AngularJS is a structural framework that empowers developers to build dynamic web apps. Its data-binding and dependency injection eliminate much of the code you have to write.

Famous products built with AngularJS:

Angul;ar JS AppsHave you used any of these frameworks?

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5 Best Collaboration Platforms for Developers

The most effective way to maximize the productivity of your development team is to use collaboration tools. To help you in picking out the right choice, LANEXUS has selected 5 best collaboration tools for you to check out.

Tool#1 Trello

Trello, undoubtedly, is one of the most popular tools being used by several Fortune-500 companies for project management and collaboration.

Trello

Trello offers integration with several other platforms including, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, Slack and the list goes on.

Tool#2 Slack

Next in the list, is none other than the mighty Slack!

 

Slack

Slack also supports voice and video calling as well. You can utilize these features to talk to your team members about the latest developments underway. Although it cannot be considered as an alternative to the cloud storage services because it comes with a limit, it is absolutely compatible with Google Drive, Trello, OneDrive, and the like.

Tool#3 GitHub

A purely cloud-based collaboration tool for developers.

GitHub

GitHub is a web application which and a cloud-based service which allows software developers to store, manage, and reuse their code. The way it has managed to serve the development teams located remotely is quite miraculous

Tool#4 JIRA

One of the best software development tools for project management & task delegation for all agile teams out there.

 

JIRA

Initially, JIRA was developed to cater to the needs of businesses of all kinds. Slowly and gradually, it evolved into a complete and full-fledged project management tool with tons of features to offer. Now, JIRA employs feature-rich solutions based on Hybrid Scrumban Approach.

Tool#5 CloudSourcer.io

A state-of-the-art collaboration platform that enables software developers to contribute to a project and get paid.

CloudSourcer.io

CrowdSourcer.io is a web-based contributor platform that contains, almost all the qualities of the best collaboration platforms in the market. It is a perfect blend of contribution platforms and collaboration platforms alike.

Which among these tools best suits your needs?

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