How do you select an outsourced development team? How do you choose which team from the many available to use for your specific project?
Technical ability is of course a main asset to look for. Fortunately, this is quite easy to check and confirm. You can ask the prospective development to provide CVs of the team members that they would potentially use for your project. You can ask how long they have been with the development company. In addition, you can ask the company to produce details of projects that they have completed in the past.
Once you have confirmed the technical prowess of the potential firm, a highly important feature should be their success at relationship building and communication.
Depending on the size of the project, you will inevitably be building a relationship with the team management, if not with the team itself. This is a vital aspect of any successful project. The better the relationship your liaison has with the development team, the better the result will be.
As a small and somewhat trite example – if there is a good relationship with the team or its project manager, it will be possible to have small additional developments added to the project during the development phase, even if they weren’t clearly specified in the initial specification document.
Communication is absolutely vital. The closer and more open the channels of communication between the development team and yourselves are, the better the outcome of the project will be, in direct or even geometric proportion.
This is perfectly logical. When points need clarification or issues arise, the only way to properly deal with them is via communication.
At Point100, we have a specific senior management team whose only task is to manage the relationships and communication channels between the important stakeholders and people that are involved in the project. To find out more about working with an outsourced development team at Point100, contact us.