11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team’s Productivity (hint: it’s all about agility!)

One of the constant challenges faced by CIOs and other IT executives is how to increase the productivity of their teams.

According to Andi Gutmans, Zend CEO and co-founder, a key productivity driver is the proper set of tools and and infrastructure. “Implement a structure that gives shared visibility and metrics to development and IT teams, so the health of an application [or project] is easily viewed by both teams once operational, and issues can be resolved more rapidly.”

CIO.com surveyed industry leading CIOs and IT leaders to get insights from experts on how to get the most out of your IT teams. Here are the top 11 tips:

  1. Set goals — and be “Agile.”
  2. Communicate goals, expectations and roles from the get-go.
  3. Provide tools and and infrastructure that promote collaboration and efficiency.
  4. Streamline workflow — and reduce unnecessary tasks.
  5. Hold regular team meetings — but beware the excessive meeting trap.
  6. Reduce reporting and don’t micromanage.
  7. Provide real-time feedback — both positive and negative.
  8. Turn off distractions.
  9. Implement a smart pay-for-performance program.
  10. Offer development opportunities.
  11. Nourish them. Literally.

Read the full article at at CIO.com