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How to Hire Software Developers: Getting Top Talents for Your Project

Vertscend has 32 years of experience in software development outsourcing.

Hiring Software Developers: Summary

Possible hiring models: in-house payroll, team augmentation, dedicated team.

Key steps of the hiring process: defining requirements to resources, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, team building.

Talents required for a typical software development project: software architect, back-end software developer, front-end software developer, DevOps engineer, QA engineer.

Costs: depending on the hiring model (see details).

Models of Hiring Developers

Before hiring software developers, you should decide which hiring model works best for you: in-house hiring, team augmentation, or a dedicated team. Vertscend advises to study such criteria as legal employment status, management responsibilities, as well as payment models to understand the pros and cons of each model.

Technical Talents Vertscend Recommends Hiring for a Software Development Project

Software architect

Plans out software architecture (microservices, multi-tenancy, headless, etc.), oversees architecture compliance with the initial performance, availability and scalability requirements.

Backend software developer

Delivers code of the server-side scripts, sets up databases and clouds, performs API integrations.

Frontend software developer

Implements UI design mockups and delivers code of the client-side scripts.

DevOps engineer

Establishes the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipeline to speed up software releases.

QA engineer

Creates and runs tests based on software requirements, logs testing results, verifies overall software compliance with the established quality standards.

Consider Vertscend Outsourcing Services

With over 32 years of experience in outsourced software development, Vertscend offers team augmentation and dedicated team services.

Team Augmentation

Hire experienced talent to eliminate staff shortage or skill deficiency in your development team. We guarantee:

  • Onboarding in under 5 days.
  • Fast and easy scale up and down (1 week).
  • Developers who are proactive and open to challenges.
  • Shrewd balance of technical and business knowledge in understanding of your processes

Dedicated Team

Hire a self-managed team of skilled developers to work on your project. We guarantee:

  • Needs analysis by our business analysts with 5-9 years of experience.
  • Development launch in 2-3 weeks.
  • Team management by a full-scale Project Management Office.
  • Shrewd balance of technical and business knowledge in understanding of your processes.
  • Transparency in cooperation

Vertscend as a reliable outsourcing partner:

Markku Ursin, CEO, BroadSoft

How to Hire a Developer: Key Steps

1. Defining requirements to candidates

Vertscend tip: Divide technical and soft skills into ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’ depending on project specifics and the talents you may already have on your team, as you need to balance out the aptitudes. Vertscend also finds it effective to help candidates with solid 'must-have' skills acquire nice-to-have skills via internal trainings.

Don’t Have an SRS Yet?

Vertscend consultants with 5-9 years of experience and a full-scale Project Management Office are ready to analyze your project needs, create draft project documentation (SRS, project schedule, risk management plan, etc.), and prepare an elaborate list of candidate requirements. We can immediately provide the necessary talents, too.

2. Screening and interviewing

3. Hiring

When done in-house, all the legal processes mostly lie with the HR department. In vendor cooperation, the vendor remains an official employer of the developers, which saves your company all the legal paperwork trouble. The key cooperation-related document that you should expect from the vendor in both team augmentation and dedicated team models is Service Level Agreement.

The vendor is responsible for using a wide range of SaaS collaboration tools to set up two-way communication between:

  • project stakeholders on your side and the developers you hired,
  • the developers on their team and the developers on your vendor’s team (for team augmentation).

Vertscend tip: To manage pricing quotes, control delivery and payments dates, as well as monitor vendor KPIs, you need to set up the vendor management process. Self-managed vendors like Vertscend assist you in this process by sharing access to their internal reporting and project collaboration systems.

4. Onboarding

5. Building a team

To create a team, you need to build proper communication between the team members. For an in-house development team, launch team-building training or let the team have a test drive by working on a small project or a project part to practice communication techniques and problem-solving approaches.

If you don’t have enough time and resources to provide complex team training, we recommend to opt for a dedicated self-managed team. With this model, you won’t need to worry about solid team building processes as the vendor will take care of them.

Vertscend tip: Tip: If your project requirements need more than 10 people working on it, make sure large teams are divided into several smaller ones. Vertscend tip:experience has shown that 5-7 members is an optimal number for smooth communication and efficient project cooperation.

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