I am a new manager in charge of a very small team of engineers. My bosses do not have an engineering background but they have expectations about the productivity of my engineers. I believe my bosses expect a higher velocity than my engineers are capable of. What are some strategies for managing this deficit of expectations versus what I feel is realistic to expect of my team?
- Make your teams Progress visible. Make sure to keep your stakeholders up to date.
- Provide realistic estimates based on your current velocity.
- If you see any conflict between deadlines and your (teams) estimates, get it sorted out immediately.
You can, within limits:
- improve velocity
- add resources
- move deadlines
- save on features
Discuss with your Boss, what you did, what you may need and how it´s going to be with the current course of action. If neither of you has any ideas left on how to improve these factors, and you are still behind on the deadline, better manage the damage now then later!