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September 26, 2014

Increase Developer Velocity with Mindfulness

Agile development is often necessary for a software development team to meet its goals and help a company maintain its profitability.

The Sapience Mindfulness Suite not only helps teams increase their productivity, but can also help teams reach “velocity”, which basically means reaching a point where developers are becoming exponentially faster at tasks.

Here are some ways Sapience is designed for agile teams to meet their project goals.

How Sapience Guides Teams and Individuals

With Sapience, you have better visibility about what each team is doing. Without Sapience, it is usually possible to see that a team has increased their output by a certain percentage. However, you will likely have no idea why that is or what individual members of a team are contributing the most or the least.

Sapience gives you reports that examine a number of different development activities, allowing you to better analyze all aspects of your team’s output. If you have a long design cycle in place, you may not have any idea at the end of why a particular project didn’t perform. Sapience allows you to monitor the quality and specifics of each development cycle, offering an inside look into the development process.

Sapience does this by allowing you to pinpoint the elements of your most successful projects. Sometimes it’s one unique element that’s driving one team, and other times there are a set of factors that account for why one project is successful. Sapience allows you to separate these different factors into easy to under reports, and also development an assortment of best practices.

Improving Velocity

For agile software or web development projects, it’s always important to improve your team’s velocity. There’s an idea that programmers and developers will eventually become more familiar with an application, which will naturally increase their velocity over time. While this is generally true, Sapience allows for a more personal development approach.

After using Sapience, you can go to each programmer and point out how they’re spending their time, helping them see how they can become more efficient. By improving individual productivity, it will help contribute to the velocity of a project.

Sapience also allows managers to show average team outputs and the output of the top 20 percent of developers, showing how both teams and individual developers can do better. This becomes especially important when working on “waterfall” projects, which tend to have a fixed-price bid. It’s then up to the service provider to meet the goal to maintain deadlines and profit objectives.

Ultimately, Sapience helps you build an agile team by spotting trends and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. If you want your company to increase its productivity, Sapience is an important building block for any software or web development company.


Andy Hilliard

As CEO, Andy leads and advocates for the globalization and collaboration of great software teams with companies in search of talent, innovation and a globally-distributed extension of their engineering function and culture. Andy founded the ground-breaking nearshore software development services company, Isthmus Costa...

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