In last year’s Stack Overflow developer survey, more than 44% of respondents said that having control over product decisions is a major contributing factor to job satisfaction. That’s easy enough when projects are humming along. But when your team hits a roadblock, you might have the impulse to micromanage..
Instead, establish high-level parameters and give your developers the freedom to attack projects in their own way. Sometimes they’ll fail. When that happens, resist the urge to add more process and control. Instead, build a team of developers you can trust and give them the freedom to contribute to your success.
Your team needs to know that their inputs lead to outcomes. It gives their work meaning and purpose. More than 58% of developers say one of the most satisfying aspects their job is getting to see real customers use what they build.
If your current team complains about barriers to building new features or products, think about how you can create opportunities for your team to ship more code.