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Agile Development Teams: Working in Squads

One of the most essential tasks for technology development is to structure and organize teams to achieve the expected results. This must be undertaken from the beginning. Tech companies staffed by highly experienced professionals understand this. They rely on an organizational method referred to as Squads.

Squads are cells that can adapt quickly to changes while maintaining the expected quality of a project. They are made up of small, multidisciplinary, self-organized teams that work towards a shared goal and are dedicated to different areas during the development of digital products and solutions.

One of the most significant benefits that this form of organization brings to companies is that it facilitates working in teams with clients, promoting a cultural change within the organizations of these clients, even when dealing with large corporations. This is because Squads are a highly effective in transferring the skills and knowledge needed to adopt new ways of creating agile technology with a “cloud first” and “customer centric” approach.

A Squad is composed of professionals from different fields with a deep understanding of usability and design. The most common positions that we find in a Squad include: a frontend developer, a quality control specialist (QA), a backend developer, a UX / UI designer, and a Product Owner who will oversee the functional aspects. And, they are consolidated as a small start-up that works on a specific part of the development of a product.

Since teams organized within Squads remain together over time, and have few members, they generate synergy naturally. They come to understand each other more easily, resulting in an acceleration in the development of work and a decrease in time to market.

In addition, a Squad has the authority and autonomy to launch its product updates directly to the market. They can learn more quickly what works and what does not work in order to implement the improvements that will reach users in a shorter time.

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