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How to build a software development team for your own project

Published by Paul Matthews, 3 years ago • 2 minutes to read

So, you have a brilliant project idea and want to leave the usual world of 5/2 work for the challenging world of startups. Now, you need to do 3 important things:

a) to plan a budget;
b) to prepare to spend sleepless nights coding;
c) to build a software development team.

In this post, we’ll concentrate on the latter. Here are some points you need to consider before searching for a perfect team of programmers for your project.

1. Choose the right languages

The rule to properly set up a development team should rely on differentiating which languages experts are doing which. For example, if you’re going to build a React application, the team should be predominant with Javascript professionals, but at the same time should rely on Objective-C expert(s) who are willing to put their final words to the project. A net separation for what concerns the architecture of the development team, based on their languages and expertise, is the most important part when planning how they will operate.

2. Understand trends, don’t live for them

Understanding programming trends is something extremely important, but not all of them should be the basis of your project. The bright example is related to data science and, in particular, its warehousing applications: in a recent study, it has been pointed out how “young” entrepreneurs within the tech sphere have embraced (constantly) new development trends without tangible proofs of how they would have been applied to their product. This so-called “hype train” is the main reason why newborn development teams fail miserably. It’s important to understand trends, especially within the saturated areas, (such as front end development), but they shouldn’t be approached as a “must have/do” for your product sometimes.

3. Gain some experience with mobile

Mobile development teams are the ones who fall down massively when run by inexperienced entrepreneurs. Mobile has become an extremely delicate software and web development realm, given how fast both the smartphones’ architecture and, most importantly, their behavior online are changing. However, the industry is impossible to ignore, as 58% of the entire internet’s traffic comes from mobile devices. So, beginning entrepreneurs have been struggling in staying up to date with the latest pieces of technology required for competitive fields such as eCommerce, Finance and Games.

Many app developers in the UK, which has been recently elected as the European powerhouse for what concerns all things mobile, have stated how impactful being an experienced manager is when it comes to creating a software product for an enterprise client. Experienced managers, software lead supervisors, and strategists are, in fact, aware of every major technology update, (whether if code related or architecture-based), and are actively and constantly looking to find relevant places where to put such features. In conclusion, an expert figure with a deep knowledge of the market will highly benefit the newborn project.

How Should An Entrepreneur Tackle The Software Development World?

Diversification, humbleness, creativity, and thinking outside the box are qualities which are required in order for the software development entrepreneur to succeed. In order to successfully approach the world of software development as an entrepreneur, ahead of competitors, you should adapt to what more experienced teams are doing, to build a software development team that will definitely succeed. Moreover, don’t neglect any possible “trendy” routes which could be taken into consideration.

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Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews is a Manchester based business and tech writer who writes in order to better inform business owners on how to run a successful business. You can usually find him at the local library or browsing Forbes' latest pieces.
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