How to choose a quality software development partner
Software Development has come a long way from being an obscure discipline only practised by a few. These days technology, and therefore software development, is a crucial element for businesses to stay competitive. The demand has resulted in millions more developers being added to the available pool.
Are they all capable of meeting your requirements or expectations?
The lure of a big pay check has attracted many software developers who don’t have the necessary experience, skills and emotional intelligence. Many companies started to realise this a long time ago and have been trying to solve it in a couple of ways. The most prominent being an investment in their recruitment capabilities and processes, or when skills are not readily available in the area, to work with a software development partner.
There are other reasons for working with a partner, irrespective of whether they are onshore or offshore. Some of the most compelling being:
- Tight deadlines creating the need to scale up
- Valuable permanent resources need to focus on product development
- Increase competitiveness by reducing development costs
- Flexibility to scale up or down at short notice
Finding the right partner
We’ve all heard of (or even experienced) horror stories when working with an offshore developer or team. But there are just as many success stories which are not as publicised. So how does one go about in assuring success and the quality of development you expect? Here are some pointers for achieving it:
- References – success breeds success, so speak to previous clients to confirm their credentials.
- Communication is one of the most crucial aspects for a good relationship and increasing the chances of success. This applies to both parties. Not understanding or being clear on the requirements or what needs to be achieved will surely lead to failure.
- Capacity – always insist on having at least 1 or more very senior developers. If the partner only puts forward junior or mid-level resources, it is a clear sign of capacity problems. You need to insist on getting the best developers right from the start.
- Culture will have an impact on effective communication and what is perceived to be good quality. It is not something that can be taught, so make sure the development partner shares your values.
It is a time-consuming process to find the right partner. In addition, the more options you have upfront, the more likely you are to choose the most suitable partner. Very few businesses can afford to allocate their best resources to this process, generally resulting in sub-optimal results.
getDeveloper was created to fill this gap. We’ve been involved in the software development industry for decades, not just in administrative roles, but responsible for building and delivering projects ourselves. This means that we are an extension of your business, rather than just a service provider.
We make sure we understand your requirements before starting the process of matching you with the most suitable development partner. We look at the various aspects mentioned above, but also consider budgetary requirements. To show our commitment, we stay involved to make sure everything goes according to plan, and if there are any issues, address them immediately.
Delivering a quality and trusted service is a crucial aspect of our business, so we go out of our way to make sure each engagement is a success.
By Leon Coetzer, Co-Founder getDeveloper
Leon has more than 20 years in the software development industry, successfully delivering both enterprise and greenfield software projects. Responsible for strategy and operations, Leon brings a unique blend of technical and business knowledge to getDeveloper. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.