From Ideation to Deployment: Managing Feature and Process Changes Easily

by | Knowledge Management, People & Processes

High-growth make rapid changes to features and processes to stay competitive. However, these changes can create problems when it comes to sharing them with other team members.

Successful team leaders love change. But we all know that change doesn’t just happen – people are used to doing things a certain way. This is doubly true for people supporting distributed, remote, and hybrid teams.

But, if your team doesn’t adopt the latest change, your work was wasted.

Three Reasons Feature and Process Changes Are Hard

1. Communication issues

It can be difficult to ensure everyone is on the same page, especially with remote teams. The change has to be documented, shared, and adopted as fast as it happens.

2. Documentation and version control

Keeping track of changes is important to avoid delays and errors. But team members can easily become confused while they manage their own backlogs, learn the new feature or process, and accidentally reference the wrong update document.

3. Testing and deployment

Life would be a lot easier if the next feature or process was perfect. Too often, they have little mistakes that delay adoption. Testing and deployment has to be fast, consistent, and self-correcting.

The good news? There’s a formula for solving this problem.

Three Ways To Make Feature and Process Change Easy

1. Create one easy communication

Tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, and finally, tell them what you told them. Tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams create channels for the first communication and all the follow-up questions. Use templates and tools to create consistency.

2. Use standard tools and templates

Inconsistent communication is often worse than no communication. Use standard tools like Google Doc or Extelli to create standard templates that present the information in an expected format. This makes it easy for your team to compare the old feature or process with the new one.

3. Use continuous deployment and improvement tools

Testing pipelines make testing and deployment a continuous process. The best pipelines give team members one-click methods for asking questions, providing feedback, and correcting errors.

Follow these practices and faster than you thought possible, sharing feature and process updates will transform from a tedious backlog item to your team’s secret superpower.

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