I have been in the IT industry for nearly 20 years now and over the last few years there has been more and more of a tendency to view technical staffing in terms of 'resource' and not 'people'. This shift is important. It represents an extremely negative dehumanisation of the staff that make up the components of any team.
It doesn't matter whether you are recruiting a team of freelancers, using external suppliers or building a dedicated in-house product team, in order to get the best productivity from your team you need to ensure that they are invested in what they are doing. In an industry that thrives on passion and creativity it is important to understand that it is these very qualities that can ensure that we build best of breed products. By referring to people simply as resources to be counted and billed for blunts that passion and creativity and prevents your products from being great.
At The Ministry of Technology we believe that a project doesn't need 'resources' to work well, it needs 'experts', it needs 'people' and we pride ourselves on being able to provide the expertise that our clients need.
How do you view your staff? Do you employ 'resources' or 'people'?
Perhaps you can achieve better results if you look at how to engage your staff with our Horsepower programme.