Everyone gets pleasure from ticking tasks off of the todo-list, right? At least, I do. But it’s no longer fun when you feel like you’re drowning in work with too many things to do, or feel like you’re trying to juggle too many balls at once. That’s what kills motivation and creates unhappy employees. But it doesn’t have to be that way – more often than not, situations like this can be avoided! In this post, I will introduce five simple things that can bring a bit of happiness into your workday, while also helping your product development process to become more efficient, and your team to get more things done.
Improving your work process doesn’t have to be a huge operation if you start with small, incremental improvements. These don’t require everyone in your team to read a textbook about a new methodology, or even learn new skills. These are quick improvements, which you can implement right away.
1 – Create a workflow
This may sound straightforward, even trivial, but I’ve seen so many teams who haven’t really thought out their basic workflow. In the most general terms, a workflow is the process that a company uses to get things done. The life and state of a task is often more complicated than simply done or not done. Usually, your tasks go through multiple stages before being completed and, in software development, there are typically phases such as planning, doing, reviewing, and deployment.