Last week, we looked at how big organizations need to adopt an engineering mindset and learn to think and act with the speed and agility of digital natives. A key challenge for leaders who want to adopt this approach is to create the right culture within their teams in order to foster autonomy and shared consciousness.
Here are five qualities of successful engineering teams observed across a wide variety of organizations:
1. Innovate and experiment
Teams don’t always have to stick to the plan. Yesterday’s engineering solutions are history with how quickly digital is moving. The ability of smaller organizations to move from concept to product in a matter of weeks has changed the game. Innovation must be at the heart of the team’s mission. Not as a one off, but all the time.
2. Don’t ignore a changing environment
Respond rapidly. The future is becoming harder to predict and control, so responsiveness and agility is now paramount. Market conditions are changing constantly, and teams must be prepared to operate in an environment of continuous disruption, monitoring developments closely and repositioning as required.