Selecting the right custom development team to create a personalized digital experience that sets your brand apart makes is vital. But hiring the right developers for your project can be a challenging experience.
This chapter breaks down the hiring process into logical steps. It addresses typical roadblocks and offers simple solutions to avoid those pitfalls. You can follow these steps to streamline your hiring approach.
To start, the developer’s job is to explain why they are the right team for your project. Their answer should, at the least, include these variables:
Most of these points summarize the previous chapters of this guide. But when choosing the right team for custom development, it is also important to consider company culture. You or a member of your team will be managing the development team you hire with relatively frequent communication. For this reason, regardless of any differences that may arise, it is essential that the team can respond to feedback appropriately.
It is ideal to build a bond with a company that you can continue to work with or return to for future work, rather than go through the vetting process all over again for a new partner. Therefore, it is important to try and find the best fit for your company based on both a solution and a relational basis.
If you are not clear on any aspect of your hiring priorities or parameters and need a hand with hiring the right team, consider booking Credo’s one-on-one Porter Service.
It goes without saying that choosing the right development team is probably the most important decision you will make throughout the entire building process.
With that in mind, you should have a predefined, consistent framework that maps out how you will assess each team. You can start by outlining the most important questions.
Here are 11 pre-hiring questions to ask potential development agencies:
We suggest bookmarking this guide and utilizing these questions. That way, when it comes time to interview and hire a development team, you already have your hiring framework prepared.
Going through this process with someone who has done it before can make all the difference. Having a trusted former colleague, mentor, or someone with experience in this process gives you clarity when it comes to hiring the right team.
Beyond having someone to consult with, keep these concepts in mind:
You can search on your own through a search engine and have conversations with agencies. Another option is to use the Credo Platform where you will find a list of qualified, pre-vetted development companies available to work on your project.
Have conversations with at least three providers (consider five or six agencies if you haven’t hired one previously)—especially if you are not quite sure what you are looking for initially.
This helps you understand what is available, as well as a consensus on pricing information. As an added benefit, you will also get introduced to the hiring process.
From those discussions, focus on these items:
After the initial contact, conduct follow-up or “strategy calls” with your top picks. Go deeper into your project goals and see how well you get along. It’s important to see how well you communicate and if there is any clash in company cultures or other red flags.
While this is not a full-blown strategy call, because you haven’t entered into a contract, see how they respond when talking together about your current brand challenges.
Rehashing some items from the previous step, cover the following items:
Bring everyone who will be involved in the project from your side to the call. Likewise, the development agency should also bring the initial point of contact, the project manager, and development leads who will manage your project from their end.
Now that you’ve had in-depth conversations, it is time to review proposals.
That begins by asking each prospective agency when you can expect their proposal. After all, if they promise you the proposal on a certain date and don’t deliver, how can you expect them to deliver work on schedule? Deadlines matter and they should set clear standards of excellence throughout the hiring process.
Every proposal should include:
Though many business owners may not be comfortable with the idea, you can negotiate on price. For instance, you may ask why an agency did not include something that the others did. Or why one broke down costs into more detailed line items than another.
Keep in mind that negotiation might result in changing the project scope or timeline. And while you can negotiate, be mindful that experienced development companies carefully define their pricing model and fee structure.
In any case, you should feel comfortable negotiating on pricing—within reason!
Finally, once you’re ready to make a decision, go ahead and commit to that web development agency or software development company. They went through the gauntlet with you and have proven they are the right team for your project.
This page last updated on March 15, 2023 by Credo Team
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