How To Control When The Team Is On Fire?

Mykhailo Glodian Mykhailo Glodian / 15 October 2020 5 min read

How To Control When The Team Is On Fire?

This world is highly unpredictable. No matter how well-managed and organized an event or process is, there are still chances that an unforeseen problem may occur. In the world of software development, these unforeseen events and problems are narrated as “being on fire”.

For example, if a C-level manager quotes that “his team is on fire” it means an unforeseen problem has occurred that can cause him and his team some serious consequences. Similarly, the process of allocating resources in order to tackle these unforeseen problems is called firefighting. The word fire is specifically used to orient such conditions in the software development world because fire reflects the unpredictable nature of these problematic events.

A software development team is on fire is clearly the most undesirable condition to face as a C-level manager. In the worst conditions, being on fire can result in not just a flopped project but it can also harm the reputation of the company as well. This emergency condition can occur in different forms depending on the project as well as circumstances.

How To Control My Team?

For example, you are a COO of a company and you’ve reached the release date of a very important software development project. You and your team have invested a lot of resources on this project and suddenly you find that your team is on fire. You figured out that one of your newly joined team-member ignored a small bug in a module of the project that is now creating a negative impact on the end-results of the project output.

Any delay in the delivery may cost you a cancellation of this project you have been working on for the last month. This is surely a situation you do not want to be in as a COO. The condition gets even more complex when you are a non-coder COO. Though it is not a compulsion that you must be a coder to become a better C-level manager of a software development company, it can make things even worse under such firefighting situations.

In the modern business world, especially in the software development paradigm where budgets are fixed and deadlines are sharp, the margin of error is too small. It is better to adopt a proactive approach instead of reacting to such fire spread conditions.

in the software development paradigm where budgets are fixed and deadlines are sharp, the margin of error is too small

How Duecode can help C-level managers when a team is on fire?

Duecode with its highly accurate and multi-dimensional analytical abilities can help C-level managers. It can serve as a technical lens even for the C-level managers with non-coding backgrounds. With Duecode’s code tracking tools, you can get clear and accurate insights about what is happening with the code and the product anytime in the software development process.

Duecode with its technical insights can help C-level managers in firefighting conditions and can offer great control. For example, let's take the same scenario discussed earlier when the team is on fire near to the release date of a very important software development project. How Duecode can help C-level managers to a firefight in such emergency conditions?

Duecode offers COO with accurate analytical insights about activities, milestones, and individual performances ranked on the basis of multiple code quality ranking factors.

Duecode offers COO with accurate analytical insights about activities, milestones, and individual performances ranked on the basis of multiple code quality ranking factors

In such emergency conditions, one of the major concerns of any C-level manager is to immediately diagnose and figure out the actual cause of the problem. Diagnosis of the root cause of a problem is extremely important in firefighting as it saves a lot of time, effort, and resources.

Now I control my team

Using Duecode COO can easily diagnose and identify the actual cause of a problem and without wasting any time he can allocate all the required resources to resolve the root cause of the problem. COO can easily track the lagging factor in the team and the project by using activity metrics and quality metrics on individual assignment level and the initiator of the bug can be easily spotted.

Code Quality Rank

The quality ratings and risk reports can easily point towards the weakest and the doubtful link of the project. After a timely and accurate diagnosis of the bug, the COO will now be able to move forward to the next step of the firefighting plan that is finding a solution.

COO can also predict the amount of effort and abilities needed to resolve the issue with assistance from Duecode’s code quality analysis tools. In fire spread conditions it is extremely important to make the right decisions immediately in order to prevent any further loss.

With the help of Duecode’s analysis and reports from activity metrics, the COO of the company or any other C-level manager can immediately assign the emergency and crashing tasks to the developers with the right abilities. In the worst cases, the COO can outsource the problematic activity or module to the developers outside the company as well.

Remote control software team

With the unambiguous and accurate insights provided by Duecode’s code review service, things are much easier to control when a team is on fire. C-level managers feel more in control and aware of what is happening with code at any moment or phase of the project. This control and awareness offered by Duecode’s code quality analyzers prove to be even vital when a team is on fire.

Using Duecode, C-level managers can be on the proactive side as well and can use Duecode as a disaster management plan as well. Duecode can help C-level managers by giving them full access and control over their individual, team, and module-based activities.

Duecode offers special modules to ensure that the code your development team is writing meets the international development standards. This module uses some specially designed code quality assurance approaches like code quality analysis and code quality assurance.

Duecode offers Code Quality Ratings of specific activities as well as milestones based on your preferences. These code quality ratings are generated using a code quality analyzer after a comparison of a number of code quality factors with international standards. The code quality rating lets even the non-developer managers get a clear idea about the quality of the product. Alongside overall code quality rating, you as a manager can view separate code quality factors as well.