Probably, one of the biggest challenges that modern startups undergo is to hire a team of dedicated developers to execute their very first MVP. Past the last few years, it is hard to name a startup that managed to launch successfully without developing a Minimum Viable Product. Many pitfalls may be faced during just the phase of planning — some of them may be even lethal for the project, so knowing your staffing ABCs is a must for a successful project launch.
Establish strict goals and milestones
Among the first tasks, you should do before you start looking for your dedicated software development team is self-explanatory enough, however, some startups still manage to end up with a completely different product than was expected initially, all because of incorrectly established goals and project requirements.
Properly projecting and planning your product is vital in order to get what you want, and should be done even before reaching out to hire a team of developers. A good plan and set of desired features is a way you translate your needs to your tech team, so putting maximum effort here is a key to establish a strong mutual understanding.
Know where to find your developers
There are dozens of ways you could find a dedicated development team that fits your needs. While the internet may seem as the most obvious place to look for the needed skills, consider talking to your real-life local contacts, some of them may share some information on local developers in need of work and they may have the required skills just at hand, so you could start iterating right away, however, this scenario is barely real.
On the web, your choice is wider than ever and places to look for developers are more than enough — getting lost among them is also more than easy.
So how should you know where, and more importantly, who should you look for? Focusing on a particular source is the best way available — among the places you can find a dedicated project team are:
Google — while parsing the search results you may stumble upon company with well-optimised website and a strong marketing support — that’s how they have ended up on the top-five results — but this doesn’t promise they have the required staff resources for your project, your budget and rates would match or that you will communicate well. Finding the right developer this way is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Freelance portals like Upwork, Freelancer or Toptal are good only if you need that one particular developer with some specific knowledge, finding a full development team is almost impossible. However, some situations simply predispose to this — for example, augmenting an already hired dedicated team with a developer handy in particular technology, if they don’t have one.
Company catalogs (like Clutch.co) are a much better option if you are looking for an already set-up team, as it is providing detailed information on the dealer, such as reviews, contacts, ratings, and references.
LinkedIn — a network of professionals, allowing to easily search for hundreds of companies with required expertise seems like the
best option to find a suitable and trustworthy team ready to execute your first project’s requirements. It is easier to find and build a communication with developers from or close to your location on LinkedIn than anywhere else.
Developer-specific portals and communities like StackOverflow or GitHub might be a good place to find professionals, mostly with higher skills than those on freelance websites, but it might be a serious piece of effort to find the suiting one, not even to mention a team that’s already used to each other — mostly single developers are found here.
Sort out valid candidates
Having all of the sources researched and parsed, you should have came up with a set of suitable dedicated software developers offering an MVP development for a startup, based on different factors, such as their profile, experience, location, references and rates, and that’s when it is time to make a final decision.
Don’t forget to keep in mind factors like vendor’s website performance (if there is one), their social media presence and background — everything performing well indicates a good developer. Also ask them for a set of references or testimonials and previous client’s contacts, if they are able and willing to share them, of course.
This is much easier if you have all your options segmented properly — evaluate all of the factors that are significant to you but always keep in mind that comfortable and fast communication with your remote team is one of the most vital points for startups.
Building an MVP is always about talking out requirements and features and iterating. The easiest and only way to build a perfect one is maintaining a good communication. Imagine building a product with in-house developers and do your best to establish your communication with dedicated project team as close as possible to that of with in-house developers.