A startup, especially in its early stages, is characterized in most cases by:
- Shortage of economic resources.
- Unhistorical in the market where it operates.
- Some team “full-time” not yet working on the project.
- The entryways are not yet fully validated.
Therefore, productivity in a startup is absolutely necessary to avoid wasting the few resources available to a young company.
If your concerns are aimed to make the most of existing resources you can note the following:
- Common tools in the cloud: It is very possible that at first ye may not all is together in the same office, so picking good working tools is important. Besides they are the same to avoid duplication of work. In this area I recommend 3: Google drive (for sharing documents), Evernote (to annotate and tracking meetings) and Skype (to make video calls in groups).Simple and easy to use.
- Optimize face meetings: To get this you do three very simple recommendations. The first is that the meetings are absolutely necessary (to want to make fixed periodic meetings are risks that some are unproductive) is called. Second, make a dash of previous form, so quick is achieved to enter the field. Finally, such meetings have a fixed term.
- Delimit the operational functions within the working group: To make the distribution of the basic functions within the daily life of a startup must take into account factors such as the level of involvement of each employee or partner, personal skills and priorities within the overall strategy of the startup.
- Resolve issues related to leadership: Here say that there are two clear paths and are often viable within a productive startup. The first is to appoint a CEO, whose main functions in this area will unclog situations of internal conflict and make the final decision on the stage where there could be a preliminary consensus. The second way could be the appointment of “strategic” responsible for each of the important areas of startup: CTO (chief technology officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer) CMO (chief marketing officer) and COO (COO) for example. These people will take the appropriate decisions in their respective areas.
- Meet the “deadlines” at all costs: A startup company is a new technological immersed in a race to achieve viability of the business itself and finally become profitable. As such, delivery and deadlines are as “the holy grail” to productivity. There must be an unwavering commitment by the members of the company to avoid unnecessary delays.
- Vs time work by objectives: It is very healthy to be clear that the time spent on a project in real time is not a variable to take it into account if you are not working by objectives. Achieving objectives or not is the only thing that determines whether the time has been well spent. The hours spent are no guarantee of anything.
The common thread of these 6 key points is motivation. Hence the figure of a motivator is indispensable. In successful companies there is always someone (one of the founding members or in default a CEO) who takes this motivating role looking out the best in each member of a team that if you work as such will be 100% productive.
What is important to you in a productive startup?