Choosing the right software development team can easily be one of the most important decisions that you will make while running your business–the team you assemble can determine your business’s success or failure.
Assembling the right software development team means more than having employees that will collaborate and develop your project. In choosing the right team members, you are choosing your business partners, who you'll be working closely with to bring your vision to life.
Make sure you understand the roles in software development team that you are hiring for. Who will be managing the team, how many developers will you have, do you need to hire a QA analyst? You can learn more about the role of QA analyst in "What is a QA Analyst, And What Do They Really Do?".
Software development and collaboration can last from a few months to several years, so it is crucial that the team you build is the right fit for both the project and your business.
Look for critical thinkers
You want to choose a partner that is able to provide you with the best solution and optimal way to reach it, even if sometimes it means disagreeing with your initial ideas. Saying “No” can often be more powerful than agreeing to everything, because it shows the ability to find the best possible solution rather than blindly follow the instructions.
Work with a software development team is trust-based: trust in their knowledge and expertise, trust that they’re committed to the project, and confidence that they have your business’s best interest in mind. Being able to say “no” indicates that they’re actually engaged in their work and are looking to provide you with solutions.
Every software development project is a complex process that involves more than just code writing. Pick a team that is not only able to provide you with the software based on your description, but that can develop it according to your business needs while keeping the final user in mind at all times.
Look experts with solid professional backgrounds that not only have worked on similar projects but can bring their background and knowledge to the table. It’s the relevant experience on other projects that are indicators of the quality of work that you can expect from the members of that team. You should consider the efficiency and productivity of the team as well as the set of their technical skills and the tools that they use when choosing a software development team to work with.
The prior projects that potential team members have executed are an indicator of the quality of their work. You can see what kind of clients the company worked with and how they managed to meet the project requirements and solve the given problem.
Your software development team should understand the challenges and goals that your business has, advise you from their technical point of view, and help to set the priorities during the software development process.
Don't forget to check the references of your potential partners. Experienced IT companies are happy to provide you with case studies, overviews of implemented projects and all the necessary information that can help you make a decision.
Don’t fall for the cheapest price
High-quality work comes at a price and grabbing for the cheapest offer may result in paying more at the end of the project for a number of reasons: poor communications, lack of experience, poorly written code, lack of tests, bad documentation, not owning the source code, and so on.
Software development projects are more expensive than off-the-shelf software solutions, but the benefits they create are worth the price. Always check carefully what is included in the price and what you are being charged for.
At Trio, we find these criteria important for choosing the right software development team for a project.
If you are looking for a reliable software development partner - consider Trio to provide with experience remote software development teams. We strive to help small and mid-sized businesses to develop custom software by allocating teams of experts that can provide them with excellent solutions. Would you like to know more? Visit our website or tell us about your project.