Top Mistakes while taking charge of an Existing Team

If you’ve constantly worked in bootstrap or greenfield projects, you develop an intuition for partnering with the customer and assembling a sharp team that will build out the product. Bootstrap projects come with their own challenges but everyone is new on the team and goes through the team journey together. However, entering an existing long-standing team as the Development Manager is a different ball game altogether. Like a movie director, every manager has his or her way of leading a team. That is great, but there are a few things that put you on the wrong side of the road. Here are the nominees, for top performances on the wrong side, in no particular order. Continue reading

Creating daily status updates email from JIRA

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My client has always preferred reading an email at the start of his day that summarizes all the work his dev team was up to the night before. We call it the status mail. It usually contains the list of tasks we have worked on, containing its full description along with our comments/status on that day. Such reports are favorites among clients who are non-technical or who cannot afford to spend time in JIRA, as they get all updates in one go. But, of course, this is beneficial only for a team size of 5-20 members. Any more than that, the mail itself becomes too long to read. Continue reading