3 Reasons Managers Struggle to Build Compatible Tech Teams
All global projects that have gained worldwide fame were created by teams that had to work together. A compatible team is the key to the success of any startup, corporate product, or technology.
“Compatibility” is the keyword in this formulation. Team managers should try not only to find specialists with the right technical skills, but also to select candidates who will ideally complement each other and be able to collaborate. But that’s frequently not easy.
Here are three main aspects managers struggle with when building compatible tech teams, so you can try to mitigate them
Efficiency is the first and most obvious reason all team members should be compatible. And here we are talking about not only complementary technical skills, but also soft skills and personal qualities.
The process of hiring a compatible team can be compared to the process of putting together a puzzle: You will never get the perfect picture if any of the parts is out of place. Effective teamwork is possible only when we have the required stack of technical skills, a combination of personalities with diverse qualities, and strong soft skills for each member of the team.
Yes, eventual conflicts are inevitable. But a manager who knows the basics of psychology knows a lot about personality types and can put together a team that will suit each other according to the principle of “how people fit people.” It’s about combining a set of personality characteristics that form one whole together.
For example, if we assemble a team of leaders only, we’ll get an ongoing struggle for the most authoritative place in the team and for recognition. Of course, efficiency will suffer in this case. Ideally combined teams should consist of people of different psychological designs.
Each member of a perfect team should share the values of the company and of the product that is being created. This is what used to be called “corporate spirit.” Only a sincere understanding and sharing of company values can help team members move forward and work for the overall good.
Therefore, compliance with these values is the only requirement that should be the same for each team member. In other words, team members can (and should) have different levels of emotional intelligence, have different personality types, and respond to different situations in different ways, but in order for each trait of an individual team member to be complemented by a trait of another person, everyone must equally believe in the same values.