Are you looking for developers right now? If so, you’re in the same boat as many other companies. There’s an uptrend in demand for developers, whether it’s from technology companies developing products to sell, or companies that want to build cloud-based applications in-house rather than buying in.
So what this means for you is that you will have huge competition for top talent. You’ll need to plan strategically and carefully if you want to find developers who are good at their jobs and a good fit for your organization.
Below, we’ve put together five tips on how to find the best agile team of developers; let’s go for it!
Starting with the basic question, what skills should a developer have?
To find the right developers for your project, it is important to understand what skills you should look for.
There is a wide field of developers: you will find frontend developers, backend developers, artificial intelligence/machine learning specialists, people who want to be the sole developer on a shiny new startup project, people who prefer to integrate into an established team, and more.
That said, there are some skills that all developers need regardless of how they work and what they are working on: Your developers should be logical, technically-minded problem solvers and proficient in the coding languages you need.
Stating the obvious, your developers must be able to code if you want your project to be a success!
If you need a full product build, you should look for Full Stack developers who can offer both frontend and backend experience, and perhaps product design experience as well!
The developers you choose must be approachable, interested in others, and communicative.
Teamwork is non-negotiable in a developer, whether they are the sole technical person in your startup, outsourced experts, or part of a large internal team. Creating a great product requires input and collaboration from a wide range of stakeholders. If your developers can’t work with them or remain empathetic to their needs, your project will not be a success.
3. Problem Solving
When your project hits a roadblock, you will need people on your side who take a logical and collected approach to problem-solving.
This is as vital for debugging and resolving day-to-day coding errors as it is for more structural problems. Logical problem solving helps your development team juggle numerous requirements and find a solution that everyone can get behind.
4. Adapt your budget to your organization’s needs.
As much as idyllic as it sounds, you will need to be realistic about what you can accomplish within a given period with a given budget. Finding developers who will work sustainably with the budget you have is essential to the success of your project.
On the other hand, finding experienced software engineers will likely provide you with a high-quality, market-ready application relatively quickly, but if the cost is not sustainable for your business, you will run into major problems down the road.
5. Find developers that fit your team structure
The structure of your development team should affect the type of project developers you are looking for.
An important point here is the methodology: if you are an avid, 100% agile team, look for developers who share that enthusiasm. If you rely on rapid project development to launch quickly and regularly, make sure the developers you use embrace it.
Hiring, building, and maintaining a full-time development team requires a significant amount of time and money. That’s why in today’s market there are several options.
Alternative 1: offshoring
If you are comfortable working in different locations, offshoring could give you access to a worldwide market of high-quality developers and save you some money at the same time.
Hiring developers is expensive. One option to reduce costs is to offshore your development function. This means that you hire developers who work for your company, but you do so in a market that is cheaper than your home country.
The main benefit here is that you still get an in-house development team, but you pay less for it.
You may be interested to read: How effective is offshore software development?
Alternative 2: outsourcing
Another good alternative to hiring your developers is to outsource to a development company. Development companies tap into worldwide development and product design talent networks to create software that exactly meets your requirements.
You may also choose to outsource if you need to temporarily expand your development team during busy periods or need expertise for a specific project that you won’t need 24/7.
You can find out the main advantages of outsourcing here.
If you think outsourcing software development is the way to go, we can help. At Clarika, we deliver the perfect team, suited to your project and business. Contact us.