Choosing an appropriate team or experts for your project is a crucial decision that needs to be taken carefully. Whether you are a startup or an expanding business, the team you are going to build would be the architect of your project’s success.
Outsourcing and finding the right team for your business needs may seem difficult; however, there are certain things you should know beforehand, that would help you make a decision of hiring an appropriate outsourced tech team for your business.
History of Business
Well, start with a thorough research about the company’s background. It would help you to have a fair idea of their products & services, the way they work, how satisfied their clients are, technologies they use, employee strength, technology certifications, industry recognition, physical locations and more. If you have information related to their former projects and the companies that they have connections with, you can easily estimate their reputation.
Go through their previous projects and try to find out if there is anything similar to your needs. For example, if you want to design a website for your business then search the areas of their expertise related to web designing, some case studies and portfolio of projects successfully commenced.
The Tech They Use
Find out the technologies that they use while they work different projects. Your needs may be of some updated or new version, instead of the older one that maximum outsourcing agencies still use. For example – if you want to build a web application, then check if they use the old technologies like .PHP and .NET or have other options like Meteor, Magento, Ruby on Rails and Python to meet your requirements and future customization needs.
Communication is one of the most significant factors for a successful outsourcing venture. Look for ways you can communicate with your team whenever you want through Phone, Emails, VoIP, Skype, and more. Make sure that you and your expected team members understand each other’s plans and goals without any language barrier. The ideas like designs, workflows, images etc. that you have in your mind, convey them properly. It is good to have adequate documentations for this. It is also required to stay in touch with your team to get status on a regular basis. For project management, you would feel the need to know their development methodology and process of working. So, comprehend it properly.
The Price and the Budget
Most of the time it varies with different companies that usually charge according to a flat per hour rate. The calculations are made according to the time required to work on the project, number of resources and team members involved, delivery deadline, complexity of the project and some other factors. Hence, it is important to know the standard hourly prices in the market and an estimated timeline of your project before making a budget and choosing an agency.
The Dream Team
When you have a team to work on your product, it is important to know about the capabilities of your team in terms of strength, efficiency, availability, experience and knowledge to benefit your product in numerous ways. Outsourcing companies that are developing and getting incoming projects regularly are considered to be good and indicate their high proficiency in the market. Interact with the team you are going to work with before making a decision. You must feel comfortable and easy to work with the developers, project managers, and a technical lead. Try to fix a stable time according to the time zone of your country and personal needs.
Delivery of Project
Fix a deadline for your project and make sure that every person involved in the project does his part on a timely basis. Talk about the different strategic approaches with the team to deal with the factors for unexpected delays, before starting a business. There is a possibility of technical discrepancies any time, so make sure their availability and support in the future. Apart from these things, it is also good to have a contract mentioning all the guidelines, rules, and costs, etc., signed beforehand with the company.
I hope that the information shared with you here related to outsourcing the project and things to consider while selecting an appropriate team for your product, would prove helpful for you. If you still have questions that are not answered here, I am just a call away.