4 Tech Project Challenges and 1 Solution



4 Tech Project Challenges and 1 Solution

Frustrated businessman rubbing the bridge of his nose
Frustrated businessman rubbing the bridge of his nose

Over the past two years, technology has come to play an even bigger role for businesses the world over. As a result, companies are looking to hire technical talent to oversee and manage their new technological capabilities.

Unfortunately, with competition for talent at a fever pitch, the inability to find that talent has become a major cause of why some companies are holding off on fulfilling their technology agendas, putting themselves at a distinct competitive disadvantage.

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4 Common Tech Project Issues

While there are any number of potential issues that can negatively affect your technology projects, here are four common signs that your tech project might be in for a bumpy ride:

1. Your Product Roadmap Is Making Lousy Time

For CTOs and CIOs, their focus is on advancing their product or technical roadmap as quickly as possible and before the competition catches up. Unfortunately, the availability of internal resources and bandwidth limitations often create unavoidable roadblocks on that roadmap, forcing you to make significant trade-offs or concessions in new features, functionality, and design elements based on priorities.

2. Your Technical Teams Don't Speak the Same Language

As with any new team, it can take some time to learn how to communicate with each other. However, when the advancement of your product or technology project depends on technical teams working seamlessly together, any downtime or miscommunication can result in lost revenue, or worse, lost time that competitors can use to their advantage.

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3. Some People Are Busy, Some Aren't Busy Enough

While your project roadmap may require extensive work from a software engineer, for example, it might only require a limited amount of work from a UX designer or Q/A tester. In cases like this, companies end up having to make one of three difficult choices:

 Keep those resources on staff without other projects to work on

 Let them go and sacrifice their role altogether

 Let them go and try to hire someone part-time when that role is needed

Needless to say, all of these choices are highly inefficient, resulting in a financial drain on your company.  

4. Your Previous System Integrator Wasn't Great at Integrating

Even with the very best of intentions and due diligence, sometimes, your technology project results in a flawed outcome. There can be lots of reasons for this, such as an unseen misalignment in your strategic roadmap, failure to get buy-in from all stakeholders, skill gaps in your technical resources, or simply costly miscommunication between teams. Regardless of the cause, the result is that a fix is needed ASAP. 

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The Solution to Your Technical Challenges

If you happen to find yourself in any of the above scenarios, the best solution is to work with a proven partner with the experience to ensure that your technical project doesn’t just end successfully, but starts that way as well. That could mean providing you with technical leadership to oversee technology strategy, develop an execution roadmap, anticipate potential issues, and provide solutions when they are needed. It could mean identifying and hiring more skilled software engineers to fill in the gaps on your team and work on your behalf to get your project up and running like a well-oiled machine. 

Regardless of what kind of assistance you end up needing, be sure to keep the following points in mind when you’re looking for an external partner to help ensure success.

 Sync on Strategy - Discuss your vision and ensure the strategy is clear and well thought out. If not, ask for help developing that strategic vision, as well as a roadmap to guide the execution. You’ll find that taking the time to develop a solid roadmap is quite possibly the best investment of your time in the entire project.

 Talk About Talent - If you don’t have the talent that’s necessary to bring your project vision to fruition, then, what’s the point? Ask your external vendor if they can not only assess the skills you already have on your team and identify the critical gaps but also fill them quickly based on your project needs.

 Comment on Chemistry - To a large degree, technical projects succeed or fail based not just on the talents but the temperaments of the teams working on them. Ideally, your team has worked together previously, can communicate with each other easily, and fits in well with your company culture.

 Demand Diversity - You’ll want a team that compliments each other in areas like location, hours, and skill set. For example, you may need some local developers as well as off-shore ones in order to keep the project moving. You also want technical talent who have worked on a variety of projects so they know how to react if something unplanned comes up.

A Talent for Technology 

An experienced partner can help you bring together the right mix of technical talent that best suits your specific needs, and PeakActivity can be that partner. Whether it’s long or short term, onsite or remote, PeakActivity can take finding and hiring technical talent off your plate, so you can focus on what matters most—growing your business.  

Learn more about PeakActivity’s Engineering Services to see if they’re right for you.

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