GoalGorilla applied this new working method a short time ago. Read more about why and what the benefits are for our (future) clients.
Why did GoalGorilla apply Multifunctional Fixed Teams?
Multifunctional Fixed Teams are an upcoming trend
Working with Multifunctional Fixed Teams is an upcoming trend. It was a hot topic during DrupalCon Barcelona. Innovational companies like Spotify use it (Tip: watch the YouTube video at the end). And still these are just a few examples of this upcoming trend. In the long run these teams can become self organising with more efficiency as a major beneficial result.
Growth means facing new challenges
GoalGorilla has grown rapidly over time. In 2014 we won a FD Gazellen Award for one of the fastest growing companies within the Netherlands. And while this is written we're still growing. We had to face the new challenges that come along with growth. One of these challenges is planning. Every new project requires at least two skilled developers. This to assure and maintain high quality development in the future. So with every new project two skilled developers must be available. Developers that aren’t allready scheduled for another project. While planning always has been a crucial aspect of our work, it has even become more important. With more new project requests coming in, we believe we serve our clients better with Multifunctional Fixed Teams.
5 (other) advantages of Multifunctional Fixed Teams
One dedicated team of developers and a projectmanager has multiple advantages. We highlight five of them:
- Less (introduction) time is needed with every future request
- Feelings of responsibility and commitment to the project increase
- One team to communicate with
- Knowledge sharing regarding one project is further improved
- Estimates about future requests become more reliable
All advantages mentioned above result in more efficiency. More efficiency makes it possible to deliver our clients more value for the same cost. We are used to work agile/scrum with product backlogs. So when time is left over, we continu to work on future features that were allready planned.
How do the Multifunctional Fixed Teams look alike or differ?
"A picture is worth a thousand words" that's why we included pictures of our (new) Multifunctional Fixed Teams. As you can see there are two teams with multidisciplinary strenghts. Each team consists out of one project manager and several back-end and front-end developers with different levels of expertise.
Depending on the project specifics other colleagues and specialisms (e.g. interaction design, design, support) are involved when necessary. Meet all of us at goalgorilla.com/team!
How did current clients react?
Our clients are positive about their first experiences with these new teams. At the same time the external impact is small on the short term. We are convinced they will experience big benefits in the long run, such as an increase in releases within less development time. If you got any questions about the new Multifunctional Fixed Teams, don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Watch the video beneath about the Engineering Culture at Spotify. We both work with the agile/scrum method. Our new Multifunctional Fixed Teams are inspired by the way Spotify works with Squads.
Video creation by Henrik Kniberg and shared by Matt Harasymczuk.
Last summer, our Projectmanager Evelien Schut attended DrupalCon Barcelona. Maybe you've read her earlier blog about multidisciplinary teams. If not, we recommend to do so by clicking here.