2020 was the year where CIOs and their IT teams were pushed to their limits to keep the business running. Now since the business is running at a steady pace, it has become important for CIOs to keep the momentum going and build high-performance IT teams that are ready for new challenges that lie ahead.
The responsibilities of the CIOs have drastically changed and evolved since the advent of the pandemic. It forced them to create products and services at extremely short deadlines so that they could help their organizations survive the negative effects of COVID-19 and keep business operations intact.
With the effects of the pandemic receding, enterprises now have stable running operations, and it is time for them to implement new strategies or re-assess old ones so that they can achieve their short and long-term goals. And a good place for them to start is to analyze the strategies and decisions that successful enterprises executed last year to build high-performance IT teams.
CIOs must take the necessary steps to reinvent themselves and their team for achieving the performance improvements that were needed during the turmoil.
Strategies to build IT Teams
Shorter chain of command
According to experts, shorter chains of command are likely to stay after CIOs witnessed its benefits during the crisis. Instead of involving all the stakeholders just for the sake of it, CIOs must create smaller teams and empower them to make their own decisions. By creating smaller, decentralized teams, CIOs can ensure that they seamlessly achieve their goals within a given time frame.
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CIOs must embrace and integrate collaboration tools in their daily operations. This eliminates the need for IT teams to involve in long discussions that may hamper their productivity. Not only that, but collaboration tools also enable the IT teams to quickly communicate their ideas and problems and this helps accelerate projects along the way.
Fostering the culture of adaptability
Creating a high-performing IT team requires CIOs to have individuals that are flexible to the growing and evolving needs of the customers.
CIOs must foster a culture where the IT teams can broaden their knowledge of the business. By continuously training their IT teams and cultivating a culture of problem-solving, CIOs can not only deepen their understanding of a particular topic but will also empower them to connect the dots even outside their field.
Embracing an entrepreneurial mindset
Today’s high-performance teams need to have an entrepreneurial mindset. They need to be willing to experiment like entrepreneurs and create new solutions with affordability and durability in mind.
Also, CIOs must teach their team the art of storytelling – it will help them communicate as effectively as business leaders. It will also empower them to express their views and opinions with simplicity and also ensure that it aligns with the overall goals of their enterprise.
Building a high-performance IT team has become more of a necessity than just an option. While the IT challenges will continue to evolve due to the dynamic demands of customers, CIOs can prepare high-performance IT teams that are not only willing to take on new challenges but also resolve them with innovative approaches to provide exceptional customer experience.