Quality Assurance and Project Management

Dec 17 2008   10:08AM GMT

When your development team is at job – don’t interrupt

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

When a new project lands into the hands of a project manager for development, he converts the whole project into smaller units and allocates it to different developers. Developers are divided into the groups based on the work allocated. These teams prepare their plan to develop and start working accordingly. Once the development plan is with the project manager, and the developers are tuned into development, the project manager should make least interruptions in their schedule (none unscheduled) thereby helping them in meeting their targets. Different ways in which a project manager can interrupt (which he can and should avoid) can be listed below. These are not in any hierarchy and all lines carry equal importance. The interruption points are:
1. Unscheduled review of the progress of development
2. Discussion related to any past project
3. Discussion related to any future project
4. Allocation of any other task other can the ongoing one
5. Shuffling of developers from one team to another
6. Re-allocating a developer to another project
7. Inviting a new member in a team for development load sharing
8. Approving leave to developer (unless it is too urgent or critical)
9. De-motivating even a single team member of different development team (remember – it spreads like a virus among other members)
10. Don’t forget to appreciate them at each small achievement

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