Hiring a Mobile Development Team: What To Expect And How To Manage The Workflow?

Finally, you have a vision of your future project and feel ready to rock the market! But there’s still a challenge to overcome — decide on who will work on your app development.

Usually, CTOs and startup owners have too many questions on this stage. Should you hire individual freelancers? Or is it better to cooperate with a whole mobile development team provided by an outsourcing vendor? How can you avoid failure? How can you not screw up establishing a smooth development process?

Calm down; we have all the answers you need!

For sure, when you hire a mobile development team, it’s always risky that you might not get what you’ve ordered.

Expectation vs reality

But if you strive to make DevOps function properly, ensure quicker time-to-market, build a flexible architecture for flawless delivery and create a clean, bug-free code, check this blog post. We uncover here the most important aspects you should consider when outsourcing your app development.

Choosing between individual developers and “all-inclusive” teams There are many roles in tech: business analysts, front-end/back-end/full-stack developers, graphic/UI/UX designers, DevOps engineers, project managers and testers. To create a perfect app, you need all of these people to work on it. Imagine if you hire geographically dispersed freelancers that work on their own, how would you coordinate their cooperation?

It is more difficult to map and set up processes with such a remote communication between the team members. So you’ll spend more time keeping everyone on the same page regardless the tools you use. We suggest you consider a settled outsourced team that already include every mentioned role and work harmoniously as a whole. Thus, you will only have to arrange contact between your company and the dedicated team.

Moreover, when you already have all of the requirements validated, it’s time to develop a minimum viable product (MVP), a proof-of-concept (POC) or a prototype. And usually, software outsourcing providers have a solid background in doing that, which will reduce your time and money spendings.

Also, when shortlisting outsourcing vendors, learn everything about their standard processes to make sure they are agile, focused on DevOps, stick to the highest development standards and leverage only forefront technologies. Having these insights, you will be able to conduct a rigorous candidate selection and pick a partner that will aim at the quality of your product.

How to form the proper workflow and control if everything goes right?

Whole teams do have an established workflow, and it is their greatest advantage. You have to know all the stages of an app development lifecycle to control if the process goes right.

For a startup, it’s critical to focus on requirements and business specifications. So first should come the discovery phase, which will bring to work business analysts, designers and R&D specialists. They will collect details of your project, refine requirements and come up with a clear vision of a product. However, CTOs usually neglect this stage in terms of a tight budget and a rush for quicker time-to-market, which can be deadly for a startup.

Simplified development workflow

App Development Workflow Simplified

The discovery phase will provide valuable insights to make it easier to agree on the project’s time estimations and set milestones for the final scope of work. Then developers come into play and take care of the app functionality. Finally, when your application is ready, quality assurance engineers make sure it is bug-free and eliminate security glitches.

During the development stage, we recommend you to cooperate tightly with a project manager. A PM can take over the organisational tasks, so you will be able to focus only on the technical scope of work. It will make processes more efficient and transparent, letting you prevent potential errors and risks.

How to manage processes in the remote team?

Many tools can help you cooperate with your dedicated team. The perfect fit for communication is Slack, which enables various chat channels and rooms to hit separate projects or development stages.

Pick Trello or Jira to coordinate the workflow and organize agile processes. These project management apps have similar functions and will help you create time estimates, plan an upcoming work, control a backlog and stick to deadlines.

Trello allows you to initiate different boards and arrange tasks into a card system. Keep track of every team member’s to-do lists, check their loads and amend the work status if necessary.

Jira can also perform such activities within its kanban board, but it also offers the agile board. This board will let you drive a SCRUM project, control sprints, conduct regular (in most cases, daily) standup meetings and hold sprint retrospectives to check if everything was done as expected.

Think about the right place to build and store a code — many companies use GitHub for this purpose. Moreover, GitHub connects its Pull Requests with Trello and offers a plugin for Jira integration.

All-in-all, the primary factor in choosing management/communication/software development platforms is security, so, adopt only reliable and world-trusted resources.

Are there any pitfalls?

Yes, be mindful of the type of your collaboration with the mobile development team. There are several possible scenarios:

  • Transfer the whole process to a vendor, including design and the development of a product strategy. In the end, the company have to deliver a top-notch and ready-to-market product.
  • Transfer all activities to a service provider but control the general workflow.
  • Be fully involved in the project lifecycle, planning sprints, actualizing tasks and visiting daily standups and retrospective meetings.

The last two variants are most reasonable but require great managing skills. Make sure you have, or you are an expert CTO who will handle all the cooperation. By the way, a coding CTO will also add value to the project and establish high coding standards. Be sure to facilitate the quality of your product with regular code reviews, run mentoring sessions to pass best programming practices and share your experience with a new team.

Managers that lack technical expertise can make wrong and harmful decisions. They won’t succeed in choosing appropriate technologies. There was even one case of a CTO creating a custom framework instead of relying on a proven one, which led to the complete waste of time writing codes using unproven technology. Don’t forget about strategic thinking; you must focus on the big picture as well.

Making your final decision

Choosing the right mobile development team is not an easy task, especially if you strive to build an app that functions flawlessly. If you are ready to move on with your app idea and vision, contact us. We have everything you need: qualified specialists, established workflow and the possibility to create a right product strategy. Don’t hesitate for too long, as the competition never sleeps.

16 May 2018
Olya Bohun / Tech Enthusiast
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