How to Build the Perfect Software Development Team?
By: Citlalli Campos
Everyone is looking to have a successful software development team but creating the “dream team” takes careful planning and time. It doesn’t matter what methodology you use, software teams always struggle to keep projects on time and within scope.
But, what are the important factors to consider when building a software development team? First and foremost, you need to have a clear understanding of what you are going to build. Define the solution architecture, the features to be included, and the time frame the team will have to build it. Once you have defined the specifications and scope of the project then you can begin designing the team that will bring the project to life.
Before we begin with the technical requirements for building the perfect team, let’s discuss some important points that tend to be overlooked. Sometimes the high emphasis on technical skills tends to overshadow soft skills that are cornerstones of team synergy. Here are some points to consider:
- Consider their personality, not just their skills.
- Build a diverse team, when possible hire both men and women.
- Trust your team coding expertise.
- Provide the tools that your team will need.
- Create a reasonable working schedule.
- Help your developers grow professionally.
Now, what kind of developers should your perfect team contain?
As we mentioned before, you need to have a clear plan? That plan will dictate what specialist you will need? How many? And, what skill sets they will need. Once you define these important questions, you need to start thinking about your project methodology to start assigning roles. We tend to use agile methodologies as a default due to their increased flexibility and ability to adapt to change. This methodology suggests three important roles:
- Product Owner the “key stakeholder”
- Scrum Master the “facilitator or coordinator”
- Development Team the “workforce”
For example and a point of reference we have itemized the typical roles a team working on a Python project would have:
- Team Lead.
This role is a senior role that requires many skill sets, in order to overcome all the challenges that come with developing a product, leading a team, and managing expectations. But, prior experience in the role is probably at the top of the list of requirements. Nothing like having lived through a previous launch from start to finish to lead the team to new heights. They will be the ones responsible for leading the team, inspiring them to get things done, within the time frame, and at the highest standards.
- Solution Architect.
This also is a senior role, their main objective is to design and create the solution architecture that will dictate the way the system interacts with users, stores and retrieves data, and overall user scalability. They usually carry a heavy tool belt filled with many programming languages, a strong understanding of solution infrastructure, and prior experience solving complex data issues. They should have a track record involving large-scale solutions and rapid growth.
- Front-end Middle.
Are the ones that combine the art of design with the art of programming. They count with the knowledge and ability to translate the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that will produce visual elements of the application. A Front-end developer takes an active role in defining how the application looks as well as how it works.
- Back-end Middle.
This role adds functionality and utility to everything the front-end developer creates. They are in charge of the core application logic, databases, data and application integration, API, and other back end processes. A back-end developer studies the industry trends, so they can create or improve some processes and codes, and design a better program.
- Quality Assurance.
A quality assurance specialist ensures that the final product meets the designed requirements and functions with high-quality standards. They are responsible for the development and implementation of inspection activities, the detection and resolution of problems, and the delivery of a system that works and can meet the demands of usage.
- Designer or Web Designer.
They are responsible for the design, layout, and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website – how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an existing site.
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