Make 2015 the year that you take on those nagging issues that, slowly but surely, are bogging down your business and stopping you from becoming the best you can be.
Without tackling small issues quickly you could find yourself buried in technical debt as a piece of bad coding needs to be fixed more and more frequently or if a lack of communication between departments leads to inefficiency: these things will grow exponentially, but by making some adjustments changes you could turn things around before they snowball out of control.
Our top 5 tips will help you identify some fundamental problems and figure out how best to tackle them.
1. Assess your business – make a list
Take a look at the way your business operates. Systemise your approach to assessment and make a checklist of all the things that you’d like to be doing better; this is a great way of getting organised and creating a tangible body of work to process.
Once you know what needs to change you can start to prioritise and tackle the problems head on. Check out Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto for more hints.
2. Do your research
Find out what your competitors are doing by looking at what they are putting out there. When you find things you like think about how you can apply them to your own business.
More importantly, however, examine the workings of your own business; do different departments communicate effectively? Could you do more to improve the efficacy of your software and website? Are you using all of your resources to drive your business and satisfy your customers?
3. Speak to your audience
Is your business responding effectively to your customer’s needs? Can you keep up with the rapid developments of a digital market? Are you equipped to monitor and analyse audience needs and respond quickly to market trends?
Take the time to get to know your audience; find out what they like, what they need and what they think of you.
4. Make technological and structural changes – now!
It might seem easier and more financially viable to muddle through using your existing systems and strategies, but the digital world is changing all the time; to compete in this busy market you need to stay ahead of the game and that means using the latest systems, techniques and technologies to meet the ever-changing needs of your customers
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If IT and development are not your forte there is plenty of help available to help you analyse your business requirements and to implement the changes you need. To find out more about what DevOpsGuys can do for your business, check out our website or visit us on Twitter @DevOpsGuys