Choosing a Software Developer for Your Small to Medium Sized Business

Apr 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

choosing a software developerOnce you decide to build a custom software, you need to determine how you’re going to build it. Hiring a software development team is your best bet, especially if you’re a small to medium sized business.

But, how do you go about picking the right one for your project?


Asking the Right Questions

It’s essential during the initial meeting to ask the right questions in order to determine if the team has exactly what you’re looking for and what you need.

“One question I ask the outsource team is how they review and test the code. You want to make sure new features not only work from the user perspective, but that the code is well structured and easy to read and maintain.” - Dan Zhou, Co-founder/CTO of CloserIQ

“Before outsourcing to anyone, make sure you have a clear cut understanding of what your goal. That said, knowing exactly how your teams works (i.e. what development tools, bug trackers and such) in advance will allow you to become familiarized on their process.” - Justin Esgar Autriv Software Development

Asking the right questions to give you an understanding of how they work and what to expect out of them is a crucial step in choosing a software developer.


Determining Responsibilities

In order to get you and your potential team on the same page you need to determine who will handle what tasks throughout the project.

“The software team should be responsible for everything product related. Bugs, issues, fixes, launch dates, deadlines. These are things that I want them to have ownership of.” -Sean Si is the CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker

Once you do decide who will be responsible for key aspects of the project, you need to keep your team on track with communication.

“When you DO choose a partner, communication is everything. Especially when outsourcing externally, nuance is can become your worst enemy.” - Mike Stratta and I'm the Founder/CEO of Arcalea

Having open communication allows for you to continue and move your project towards launch on time and within budget.

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Topics: Custom Software

Brian Geary

Written by Brian Geary

Brian is a true believer in the Agile process. He often assists the development process by performing the product owner role. In addition to his technical background, he is an experienced account manager with a background in design and marketing.

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