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#DSBreakdown: What makes a winning tech team?

It’s not always the best technology that ensures your brand is a success —  building a strong tech team is just as important when it comes to improving processes and performance across the organisation. A strong tech team requires a recruiting effort that skillfully sources people with a range of talents and skills. While it’s natural to lean towards new hires who bring broad technical skills, candidates with nontraditional backgrounds also contribute to the diversity of thought and ability on your team.  Here’s our take on the skills you should consider when building your tech team. Dive in!

  1. Hire passionate people 

According to our consultants – if your new hire isn’t passionate and intrinsically motivated, no amount of technical (and non-technical) training will make them an invested employee. An intrinsically motivated team member is at the core of a well-defined organisational culture; performing better, developing themselves on the job and adding to the positive atmosphere in the organisation. They will continue to learn and share, actively contributing to the community and industry. 

  1. Incorporate a mix of business and technical skills

It’s no secret that both business and technical skills are a winning combination when it comes to getting your IT strategy off the ground. A few years ago, techies were never encouraged to polish their business skills, staying at the forefront of tech was what it was all about. In recent years, this has changed – staying in tune with the behaviour of the team and incorporating human skills, is a core ingredient when it comes to running a successful tech team. 

“Staying in tune with the behaviour of the team and incorporating human skills, is a core ingredient when it comes to running a successful tech team.”
  1. Develop a culture of quality 

Your tech team should come into work every day wanting to do the best job possible. With this in mind, you need to provide them with an environment that allows them to do that. Building a workplace where employees feel like they’re provided with the right support and technology to achieve success will allow both their work and contribution as an individual to feel valued. Measure people by the quality of work they produce, not the amount of time they sit at their desk. 

  1. Include multidisciplinary engineering backgrounds

In the tech industry, professional engineers not only have to work frequently with colleagues from different professions and disciplines, but also have to develop additional working skills and knowledge beyond their original discipline. The advantages of hiring a candidate with these qualities, offers your team a strong architect with the skills necessary to work with a cross-functional team. 

“Professional engineers also have to develop additional working skills and knowledge beyond their original discipline.”
  1. Give people space. Lots of it

When it comes to keeping your developers, engineers and rest of your team happy, make sure to keep this one in mind. Being able to innovate and invent without pressure allows employees to see their work as meaningful, while simultaneously developing closer relationships with each other. Don’t forget — providing space comes in many different forms (some of which include time space, learning space, space to fail and space to scale). 

With today’s tech landscape, there’s no one-size-fits-all team anymore. Think carefully, about what you want your tech team to do, and then trust them to carry this out. The rest will fall into place. 

“Being able to innovate and invent without pressure allows employees to see their work as meaningful, while simultaneously developing closer relationships with each other.”

Looking to build your tech team?

Here at Digital Source, we focus on building transparent relationships between candidates, roles and employers. Our customer base is stacked with household names and some of the most exciting startups in Europe. You can normally find us supporting the biggest and most up and coming organisations within Ecommerce & FinTech.

If you’re looking to build your tech team, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re always up for a chat! To read more articles from our #DSBreakdown series, click here or follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest team updates and news from technology recruitment.

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