reshaping software development teams

How the pandemic is reshaping software development teams

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has caused a huge disruption in society around the world. Companies enacted social distancing measures, medical leaders curtailed social activities, and "lockdown" orders prevented the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic, but work still needs to be done. Some employees are choosing to continue remote work, and companies in the software industry have found that a remote workforce can be very productive. Here's how software development teams were impacted by the pandemic and how the industry has changed during the global pandemic. 

COVID Work and Employee Impact

The average work environment has changed significantly as a result of COVID. When employees work from home, there have to be improvements in communication, technology, and expectations as a result. According to the Pew Research Center, only 20% of employees worked from home before the pandemic. As of December last year, that number rose to over 70%. Additionally, half of those employees wanted to continue remote work from home. Most organizations have utilized a variety of productivity and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack and other video call conference services in order to stay connected. Some companies needed to implement more mental health awareness for those working remotely. Others found not much had changed in the aftermath of Covid 19.

Software Development Teams' 2021 Changes

The overall impact of COVID on software development teams is constantly in flux as uncertainty about the pandemic continues. While some businesses are pushing a return to the office, others are letting employees continue remote work.  Some of the changes in software teams included increased productivity, increased digital spending, and evolving consumer demands. Despite predictions otherwise, most workers in the unique circumstances of working from home actually reported improved progress on DevOps initiatives. Other sectors reported similar results, such as an increase in CRM activity.  [caption id="attachment_104642" align="aligncenter" width="300"]software engineer using remote collaboration tools during remote work software engineer using remote collaboration tools during remote work[/caption] As more organizations shifted toward digital usage, there was an increase in digital spending. Even though software spending slightly lowered, there was an increase in the overall budget. Since workers were affected by COVID restrictions, so too were their consumer behaviors. Groceries could be ordered online and delivered the same day. Retailers had to adapt new technologies to meet their customer needs if they wanted to thrive. The success of these digital transformation projects shows the power of focus and the ability to deliver software with a remote workforce. One of the biggest software development changes was the increased need for traditional developers and software engineers. Software experts delivered quick solutions for new problems.   Easy-to-navigate software and low code tools may give many businesses more control of modernization efforts. There's also more awareness of employees outside of the local area. Since many companies are allowing more remote working opportunities, it isn't necessary for a new employee to live nearby. The remote environment is now characterized by the ease of communication and increased access to critical tools for success.

The Future of the Software Development Team

A lesson everyone has learned throughout the pandemic is that an employee doesn't need to be at a physical workplace to get a job done. The same goes for software teams and other cross-functional teams. In some cases, it's more efficient and affordable to outsource your work. Number8 provides cost-efficient access to skilled software developers from Latin America. Number8 team members attend your daily stand-up meetings, pull from your same queue, work on the same schedule, and deliver work no differently than any other team member would.  Contact us for more information about how we can help your business.   Related Article: Value Stream Management for the Software Industry  

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