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Apr 5, 2023

Four Ways Video Improves Collaboration on Engineering Teams

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Your engineering team is non-stop: not only do they work across and touch just about every department in your organization, they’re often juggling multiple projects at once. Slowing down isn’t an option, and neither is the flexibility needed to stay on track and keep projects running efficiently. 

Video can be an asset to any engineering team, providing adaptability and capability to your engineering team’s toolkit. Let’s look at how.

It’s all in the details

When there are multiple efforts and projects going on at the same time, it’s all too easy for critical details to get missed, overlooked, or simply forgotten. With asynchronous video, engineering team members can record updates big or small to projects and share them with their team members from just about anywhere.

Team members can then refer back to the update as many times as needed to ensure that they haven’t missed critical information that could impact the outcome of the project. Using asynchronous video in this way can help improve engineering collaboration. 

What’s more, asynchronous video shows an understanding that your engineering team’s time is valuable. With the ability to create and deliver updates and announcements at any time, without having to scramble to schedule a meeting across timetables and time zones, you can respect the team’s time, and allow them to process the information you’ve shared in a way and at a time that works best for them. 

Get personal

In a similar vein of respecting employees’ time, asynchronous video allows your engineering team to personalize and edit the updates they share, and share those updates with the people who truly need the information. 

What do we mean by that? Let’s say your engineering team has four different projects in the works. The head of the team has updates on Project A, which Employee 1 and Employee 2 are working on, while the rest of the team members are on Projects B, C, and D. 

Rather than schedule a meeting for all team members to attend where all four projects are being updated, the head of the team can use asynchronous video to record the updates specific to Project A, and then share those updates with Employee 1 and Employee 2, saving time for all employees, as well as allowing Employee 1 and Employee 2 to stay focused on their project — and not be distracted by the updates for the other projects. 

Taking it a step further, the head of the team could also use asynchronous video to record separate feedback for Employee 1 or Employee 2, such as things that are going well with the project or an area that might need improvement. Employees can digest that information, and even respond to feedback with their own asynchronous video.

Get on board with the team

When a new employee joins your engineering team, you want to arm them with the most and best information possible so they can have a starting line of success from day one. But let’s face it — the amount of knowledge needed for a person just starting with an engineering team can be incredibly overwhelming. 

Let asynchronous video do the heavy lifting. 

Screen recording and screencasting allows a team to easily record and edit asynchronous video and share it with new team members to get them up to speed faster. Whether you’re recording videos running down current and future projects, or producing training videos so new team members have a base of reference when they’re starting out, asynchronous video is flexible and efficient for onboarding. 

Connect with others while easily eliminating bugs 

One challenge that many engineering teams face is efficiently handling requests coming in from across multiple departments within an organization. Asynchronous video can help simplify the process. 

Take bug reports, for example. Rather than have an employee from an outside department submit a written bug report—perhaps with a few vague screenshots thrown in—engineering teams can request video bug reports that enable people to record their issue on screen. In doing so, engineering teams can not only quickly understand the issue, but work more efficiently to resolve it. 

They can also use asynchronous video to respond to employees’ reports, updating them on the resolution or providing useful information that could be helpful in avoiding a similar issue in the future, and ultimately fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration across the organization.

Asynchronous video strengthens engineering teams

With asynchronous video, your engineering team can work smarter, not harder. From streamlining processes to keeping team members moving forward on multiple projects, asynchronous video can revitalize and revolutionize how you do what you do — best. 

Curious about how it can work in your own organization? Screencastify can show you. Contact us today and step into a new world of possibilities.

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