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10 Mistakes Businesses Make When Hiring a Product Development Tech Team

Business.com / Computers / Last Modified: May 25, 2018
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Hiring the wrong software development firm can literally propel your business to success or doom it to failure. Following these tips in your search process will help you hire the right team and deliver a quality product to your customers.

Hiring the right people for your product development tech team can make or break your business. Avoiding these 10 mistakes when hiring a tech team will put you on the right path to building high-quality products that your customers will love and that deliver a high ROI.

1. Failure to identify the right technology stack for the product

A technology stack is a combination of frameworks, programming languages and software products for creating web and mobile apps. The main components of a tech stack are client-side (front-end) and server-side (back-end).

Choosing the right tech stack will determine how your product works and scales over time. To make the right decision, consider the type of your project, your time to market, scalability, maintainability and the overall cost of development. Professional software developers can help you make the right choice, especially if you're not tech-savvy. 

2. The tech team lacks experience building user-centered products

Relying on a user-centered design approach when building your products will lead to a higher user satisfaction rating. To build user-centered products, you must understand your users: who they are, what they will use your products for and in what situations.

Only when you know customers' expectations about your products can you create solutions that solve their pain points and lead to excellent user experiences. Therefore, find tech professionals who know how to build user-centered products and provide them with the necessary customer information to help them create products your users will love. 

3. Not verifying that the team follows best development practices

Hiring a tech team before gathering enough information about the development practices each team member follows can result in a low-velocity team that spends most of its time fixing bugs. You need to build a tech team with high velocity and minimal regression.

Therefore, make sure that your hired developers always build products from the core out, that they branch every piece of work in order for potential regressions to be easily identified and fixed, that they always apply automated testing, and that they always perform consistent code reviews. 

4. Compromising quality for cost

Don't let costs influence your decision; invariably, you'll end up with poor-quality products. If you need, let's say, five developers for your project, don't hire four simply because that will reduce costs. Every new project requires an investment. When building your tech team, if you focus on quality, your investments and efforts will pay off in the long run. 

5. Not understanding each member's role within the team and the overall team structure

Apart from understanding your project's team structure, you need to understand all of the roles within your tech team if you are to hire the right people for those roles. Your technology team must comprise software developers, software designers, software engineers, QA (quality assurance) engineers, software testers and a project manager. Depending on your project, you can also hire software architects, business analysts and a product manager. 

6. Limiting your search to local teams

A lot of businesses make this mistake when hiring a tech team when it shouldn't even be an issue. Why limit your selection to local developers when there's a huge talent pool located all over the world that can work remotely?

You may find experts locally, which would be amazing, but you never know what talent you can work with if you don't expand your horizons. Your top priority is building high-quality products, so focus on finding people who can help you realize your vision, no matter where they are located. 

7. Not verifying the team's credentials

Verifying the credentials of your tech team is crucial for hiring the right team for your project. You need to ensure that the candidate team has the right experience and expertise to ensure they truly contribute to your organization and build excellent products.

Investigate how many apps they've previously built and how they work. How long did it take for them to deliver the final product? How satisfied were other companies and users? Check with the candidate's previous clients and sift through customer reviews as well. 

8. Not testing candidates on their technical expertise

Run candidates through technical review tests or conduct pair testing so you hire the best possible tech experts for your project. This is a very important part of the hiring process – you should put two people together to test the same feature at the same time. This will give you clear insight into who's better at their job. 

9. Hiring too quickly

If you hire too quickly, you may end up dealing with bad hires and, consequently, wasted time and money. Instead, take your time to ensure you hire the right people. 

10. Hiring a team that doesn't understand your business

If your team doesn't understand your business, you're left with products that don't provide value to your customers. It's imperative that your tech team fully understands your vision, your key goals and objectives, your industry and niche, and your target audience. That's the only way they'll craft products that help you achieve your goals and satisfy your customers.

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