At the end of the day, software development is a highly people-centric activity. Ultimately, the software being developed is designed to enable the goals of people and individual engineers are designing the software. The people component of software development therefore is inescapable.
CTOs and managers who invest time in getting to know their team members usually obtain the best results. They:
- Understand their teams and the individuals who comprise the team
- Foster transparency and communicate effectively
- Inspire a culture that shares and acts on feedback
By knowing how each person works, understanding his/her preferences and aspirations, you can ensure individuals are motivated and committed, and ultimately produce better results.