Finding a software development company for your organization/project in a specific region is a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips that you can utilize to hire the right company and people.
The ultimate goal of finding a software development team or company is to get the right people on board. They should deliver on time, communicate well, and follow the project scope. Isn’t it?
If the goal is so clear, then why is the selection this difficult?
Businesses find it hard to hire a software development company because they often lack proper research or poor project scope understanding.
So, in this article, we will address these issues and understand the process of selecting the right company or partner for your business in a specific region.
Tips To Hire The Best Software Development Team
You can hire a perfect software development team anywhere. Just follow the below tips.
One thing that you should remember while reading the following is that although we have intentionally placed pointers in this order, you should find your own sync based on your company’s requirements.
1. Know Project Scope
Do you have details about the project you are going to develop?
Have you defined features on a high level and know what will be the expected outcome?
Do you know about any challenges in the requirements? Technical or non-technical
Do you have a timeframe in mind?
Do you have any tools/project methodologies preference?
Understanding and defining the project scope helps you clarify your message, helps you better understand the project, and equips you with the right questions to ask to the hiring company in your region.
When we fail to define the scope, we are actually asking the company to create a website or app that seems attractive. It is similar to going to a restaurant and asking for something savoury. You are not offering any more information. The chances of the waiter getting you something that you would not like is high.
Although the rest of the points can be considered in any order, defining the project scope is the first thing you should do. If you do not know what the project is all about, it will be difficult to communicate to the developers.
The traditional waterfall software development model strictly separates the project requirement stage and does not start the development before the project scope/requirement is defined. But in today’s world, Agile methodology is a more popular method of building software, which embraces change and allows the requirements to change throughout the software development lifecycle. Having said that, defining scope on a higher level is still more important to keep the initial goal in sync and also select the right company for the right project.
Hence, scope your project! This will help you analyze whether you can find a relevant software development company in a specific region or not. Knowing the scope and requirements helps you move in the right direction.
2. Check The Right Places
Outsourcing software development is now an acceptable business condition globally. This means that you can easily find various software development companies or teams in any region. To get the edge in the competition, you just have to do the right Hiring. Since there are many options, it is even more challenging to find an outsourcing provider to assist you constructively.
So, here’s what you can do:
- Search for technology research papers, blogs, and podcasts specific to one region. People who are good at what they do also deliver advanced knowledge on their content channels.
- Another great method is to check case studies. Some case studies deliver information about the client and explain the work done by the software development company in one region. This can help you make a decision.
You can scout for various software development companies on different social media platforms, like LinkedIn. This will help in building B2B connections. Besides, search engines and other digital platforms can also be explored.
3. Consider The Pricing
Once you have shortlisted a few companies, evaluate your pricing.
- Check the industry pricing range of software development in the region.
- Based on this, identify the pricing you can adjust in the budget.
- Now, take this forward and eliminate companies that don’t fit your budget range.
However, remember to evaluate pricing based on factors like the project scope, services, experience in developing similar projects, technology choices available, the development model, the culture, quality standards, region, etc. These factors increase or decrease the pricing, so you have to calculate the cost relatively.
For example, you can easily get lower software development pricing in specific regions because of low hiring and resource costs.
Price should not be the single factor in selecting the company though, especially in the long run. Be aware of going too low or too high on the pricing, as both of them can result in either low quality or increased budget.
4. Ensure Experience and Skills
Till the above step, you may have already eliminated a few options. Now, from the options you have, start digging in deeper. It is necessary to understand the skills and experience of people working on your project. In fact, it is important to see the skills and experience of the company itself.
- Analyze their portfolio.
- Evaluate their industry experience since its inception.
- Check their current clients or companies they have partnered with.
All these factors will help you understand more about the software development company.
If we talk about the software development team, there’s only one way: talk to the people. Simply speak with the team lead or the person heading this division or the person who would be assisting you in software development.
Have a long conversation about their skills, technology they will use, their plan to execute your project, etc.
5. Evaluate Communication
The next step is to ensure communication. One thing that becomes a major bottleneck in outsourcing software development is communication. Someone in the team should be great at communicating things to you.
Simply because the software development company has four or five or multiple subject matter experts in the team, it doesn’t indicate they know management and communication. These people may be good at development, but they might not be effective communicators.
So, here’s what you can do:
- Make a schedule
- Track progress – regularly
- Stick to the action plan, but be Agile in adjusting the plan.
- Document the most important decisions, features.
- Don’t forget reporting
You need to create a balance in your communications. It is not okay to communicate once a month, nor is it okay to communicate every hour. Find a balance, create short-term deadlines, and follow them.
Further, depending upon the timezone of the region of your software development team, you may need to adjust communication. If the time zone varies, then you may have to find sync and timing that works for you as well as them.
6. Check their online presence
You may already have a software development company in mind till this point. Check their client’s testimonials and Google Rating. Actually, read what people have to say about them.
Check their online presence. See if they are contributing and helping others by the knowledge they have in developing software. Especially check if they are active in posting blogs and sharing knowledge with the community. This will give you additional know-how about the internals of the company.
Every company today has a presence on LinkedIn. You should open their LinkedIn page and check mentions, ratings, and comments. Although Facebook is not really a B2B platform, today everyone is on Facebook. Check their presence on Facebook also. This will help you understand their services better.
7. Get a Quote
The final step is to get a quote from the shortlisted software development companies. Spend some time and check the proposal, compare it, and don’t settle for anything less.
What should your quote include?
- Software development scope
- Platform, UX and UI
- Time of development – efforts of the team
- Cost of physical resources
- Software licensing costs
You can create a quote for Time and Material or Fixed Price. The Time and Material model will include a scope that is dynamic. This means depending on the time and material spent on the project, costing will be calculated. You can give an estimate of hourly/monthly pricing or other pricing for individual elements, which will be later collated.
The Fixed Price model has a specific quote and scope, which is bounded. This means that the software development company will work on this scope and follow it exactly. Any additional requirement will incur additional charges.
We have tried finding a solution to common challenges experienced by businesses when finding a software development company. If you are still finding it hard to hire a team, then you can reach out to Desuvit. We are a software development company serving multiple businesses across the globe. We have the experience and skills to help you according to your project scope. Contact us to discuss the intricacies of the project. Let us help you grow your business.
Desuvit is a Norway-born software development company delivering Custom Software Development, Mobile Apps, and Web Applications Development for various verticals and business domains. We offer end-to-end solutions for companies with no software or IT division, Startups, and companies that need to scale their software development efforts but lack the expertise required. We help our clients in growing their businesses so we can grow with them. Some of the technologies we work with: .Net, Azure, Microservices, Azure functions(Serverless computing), React Native, Flutter, React JS, TypeScript, Angular, NServiceBus, Azure Service Bus, Azure Queues, SQL Service, MySQL, Cosmos DB, etc.
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