Tips for IT/engineering leaders on how to meet business expectations, speed, and deliver as quickly as possible?

Top Answer : Keeping pace is particularly challenging when you have a small team. What I’ve done that I’ve found success with is applying gamification.  Before, my team suffered from a lot of delays, which affected the business.  Now I have a leaderboard for every task in the sprint planning, where performing a task accrues you points.  There are some other rules and details, but essentially, what this does is motivate and incentivize individuals on my team to not only come to work to get paid but also to feel a healthy amount of competitiveness amongst themselves and want to strive to do more in less time.  I’ve witnessed amazing results.  This has significantly increased my team’s productivity and our performance.   We’ve been able to deploy rapidly and complete a lot more tasks than ever before, even more than the tasks we had originally planned!  This kind of motivation ignites people. Before, when I ask my team who wants to own a task, no one would fight for it.  Now, they show so much interest.  “Robert, I want to do it!” “Robert, I could do it better!”  “Roberto, I can do it faster!”

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Keeping pace is particularly challenging when you have a small team. What I’ve done that I’ve found success with is applying gamification.  Before, my team suffered from a lot of delays, which affected the business.  Now I have a leaderboard for every task in the sprint planning, where performing a task accrues you points.  There are some other rules and details, but essentially, what this does is motivate and incentivize individuals on my team to not only come to work to get paid but also to feel a healthy amount of competitiveness amongst themselves and want to strive to do more in less time.  I’ve witnessed amazing results.  This has significantly increased my team’s productivity and our performance.   We’ve been able to deploy rapidly and complete a lot more tasks than ever before, even more than the tasks we had originally planned!  This kind of motivation ignites people. Before, when I ask my team who wants to own a task, no one would fight for it.  Now, they show so much interest.  “Robert, I want to do it!” “Robert, I could do it better!”  “Roberto, I can do it faster!”
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