Business and tech leaders know about the pressure to deliver. It's never ending. Nobody knows this better than slashBlue CEO Tom Dodds, who appeared on The Frontier Podcast to chat about building technology aligned with the people, process, and purpose of the organization.
There are several things to take into account when thinking about implementing a more efficient workflow that works for everyone:
Does it help people do their jobs better?
Is it impacting the company positively?
Is it helping the company with its lasting purpose?
The answers to these questions contribute to a holistic view of technology implementation that honors the role of the developer and the client simultaneously.
What To Consider Before Building a New Technology
Before building new technology, it’s vital to keep in mind the impact you’re hoping to achieve. Dodds suggests breaking your technology buying process into three perspectives:
Does it draw a profit for the organization in their business model?
Is it helping the people in the company to do their jobs better and fulfill their promise?
Does it provide value and is it helping that company with their lasting purpose, the impact that they want to make in the world?
Dodds: "Looking at those three perspectives, we have to be able to hold them and say, “Is it going to make a durable impact?” as you've said. And we call that “meaningful momentum.”
The danger of only considering the technology solution is that you’re going to miss a broader perspective of what’s going on in the organization as a whole. This then impacts your decisions to build something from scratch, or buy off the shelf.
Start with the end in mind, and then work backward so that you can honor your organization. These things don’t need to be done for the sake of it.
Keep Your Users Top of Mind
The importance of your technology is that it should solve a real problem in the business - and this involves keeping your users top of mind.
If you’re using technology without the right people in place, or you don’t understand the process in terms of how it’s going to help your company, it’s not worth putting it out there.
Dodds: "Is it a technology problem that can be solved or, better yet, can technology help you leapfrog and avoid some of the processor people issues?"
It’s vital to keep in mind the new ways that people are working and how they may be getting ahead of the curve. So if you can leapfrog from an old green screen into a mobile setting, all the better to take advantage of that.
Choosing the right developer
Dodds highlights that there are three main things he looks for in the right developer:
The right level of work
The character of the person
Dodds: "-you have to ask this of every technologist you're looking to employ or get on.." with "...primarily comes down [to the question].."What is the level of work that they can do?"
It comes down to finding people who have both the ability for the level of work you need, and a character that is willing to work for the benefit of other people. You can train somebody to focus, to measure the right result, to go after it, and to get predictable results day after day. When you're busy shipping product, finding the time to source, vet, and hire the right engineer for your team can be impossible. Services like Gun.io can do this legwork for you - in fact, hiring a triple-vetted engineer with Gun.io takes less than 48 hours.