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Topcoder 2019 Predictions: Communities stay HOT in the COLD

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Jessie D'Amato Ford, Topcoder Open Manager, Senior Topcoder Community Lead, Topcoder Inc.

Communities stay HOT in the COLD

Communities are critical to digital transformation. Both business and IT sides of the house need platform and process input from experienced technologists who eat, sleep and breathe their craft. Communities not only build, design and manage, but they have a range of backgrounds that make them invaluable to a project. 

In 2019, companies can increase efficiency and productivity by figuring out how to infuse top designers, developers and data scientists into their teams, regardless of where they are on the planet. Recruitment and retention strategies matter here, too (not just for those that put in face-time at the office).

Community communication will be of utmost importance, as this skilled workforce liaises between product teams, sales staff, users, other community members, etc. Schedules can be flexible, but to effectively manage the virtual team, project managers must clearly articulate the problem being solved, establish a project roadmap, demand high quality content/specs/code and hold all (whether on line or in person) accountable. Disorganization results in a lack of community engagement. 

The crowd is also an excellent sounding board for customers. Use the community as a focus group/test case for ideas and it'll respond with honest, innovative feedback. Tapping into global technology communities worldwide will be viewed as a competitive advantage. 

"Win the crowd." - Gladiator, 2000.

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About the Author

 

Topcoder is a division of Wipro, a leading global IT, consulting and business process services company. As the world's largest community of designers, developers and data scientists (1.4+ million in 190+ countries), Topcoder has cornered the market on crowdsourced software development.

Jessie D'Amato Ford manages its annual programming competition Topcoder Open (TCO) and works closely with its global community of technologists.

Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:39 AM by David Marshall
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