I got asked this a while back – it was difficult to answer without making a direct comparison.
I thought a bit then came up with this:
- Fully engaged with the business, part of the business
- Respected by the business
- Delivers apps and systems as needed and of the right calibre
- Positive attitude
- Cost conscious and business case focussed
There are loads of benchmarks out there for more tangible metrics, look at the BCS for some examples, but these don’t give you a flavour of the team and often don’t really work for smaller teams anyway. Rather like average goals per match or number of aces hit per game, useful stuff but it doesn’t paint the full picture.
Taking a business focus in the development team can pay big dividends.