Perfect Software Development Team for Startup

Perfect Software Development Team for Startup

What makes a software development team effective? How to understand whom exactly you need to develop your startup project - we will consider in the following article.

Every successful technical startup is the result of tremendous work. And, probably, you will agree that the effectiveness of a technological business project largely depends on which development team the founders entrusted with software development. Rapid competition and the current economic status make the role of the software development team even more critical. In such a business environment, the quality of the software vendor’s team has a direct impact on the business project, and, we dare say, determines its fate.

Studying the causes of startup failures, we can conclude that the positive development of a business project is influenced by a number of factors, such as market research and target audience, business model planning, careful budget planning, choosing the right pricing and engagement model, checking competitive advantages, and using trial target audience and focus-groups. With all this, a successful startup is also the result of working with an experienced software development company.

This was confirmed by the survey results of respondents from 400 startups concentrated in the field of deep technology, conducted by the BGC survey. It showed that technical expertise is one of the key resources of tech startups.

An important note based on the data of CB Insights obtained from the analysis of the 101 start-ups collapse stories, the “wrong team” is in third place in the list of 20 main reasons for the new business projects failure.

Obviously, the degree of importance of working with a reliable technical company for software development is extremely important. At the same time, statistics show that more and more companies are using offshore software development, and for the vast majority of them, the key reason is the cost of services. According to Statista, in 2018, IT services outsourcing amounted to $ 62 billion.

So how do you choose and hire the one among thousands of companies to build the software for your startup? What is the perfect startup software development team? Let's first focus on the classic qualities of an ideal IT company, and then consider the unique services that a software development company may offer.

The Perfect Software Development Team Must Have:

➨ Development of a unique product that suits individual customer needs.

Thanks to the development of custom software solution, your ideal team takes into account all the features, business processes and wishes. Due to this, your business project receives a competitive advantage.

➨ Extensive development experience and an impressive portfolio.

It is quite obvious that it is easier to entrust your project to seasoned developers who have already gained their experience, have their own achievements, rating, completed and ongoing projects. We recommend that the team have at least 3 years of experience in software development. If an IT company already has successfully developed startup products in its track record, working with them, you can count on quality services and well-coordinated work processes.

➨ Experience with projects from various industries.

This is a direct indicator that the team knows how to solve different problems and have a clear idea of software development in various fields. There is an assumption that highly specialized software providers work better. But the peculiarity of start-ups is precisely that these are non-trivial bold decisions that a team with experience in various industries will better cope with.

➨ Good customer reviews and adherence to deadlines.

The response of a satisfied customer probably speaks even louder than a portfolio, and is the best proof of quality. If the customer was satisfied with the product development, project management, team interaction, feedback - this means that your project is in good hands. And the observance of deadlines by the development team gives guarantees that your software product will be released on time.

➨ Having all the key people to develop a startup.

Make sure that the software development team has such employees as backend/frontend developers, UX/UI designers, QA testers, and project managers. These IT professionals will take care of all the stages and finite details of your project, such as communication with the customer, development, design, coordination, reporting, testing and error correction.

It is worth noting that the size and skills of the team are formed depending on the needs and scale of a particular startup project. Also, the perfect software team has full stack developers in its "arsenal". Full stack developer is the so-called the “universal soldier”, who is well versed in both backend and front-end development. Creating software, such specialists see the full picture of the product and, as a rule, have an extensive experience in development.

➨ Key team members speak English at a sufficient level.

It’s important for collaboration, especially in offshore development. In this case, the startup owner without any obstacles will be able to transfer the goals and idea of the project to the team, manage the software development process and, if necessary, adjust the tasks.

➨ Constant communication with the customer and periodic work reports.

Communication, accessibility and transparency are extremely important in software development. One of the obstacles to communication in offshore development may be the difference in time zones. But do not worry, a good team of software vendors will organize cooperation in a way that you can always be in touch. The team will keep you updated on development progress and send daily progress reports.

➨ Signing NDA and guaranteeing the security of your data.

A good software development company will definitely make an agreement with you, where all the technical and organizational aspects, specialization and the number of necessary people in the team, cost-effective tasks, financial costs, and obligations will be fixed. The IT company a priori in the contract must ensure the security of your data. Through a Non-disclosure agreement (NDA), the developer company legally guarantees the confidentiality of all information with limited access to it by third parties.

➨ Ensuring the proper level of products cyber defense as a custom solution.

Along with the software development for startups, the development team thinks up and creates systems for protecting the software product as a custom solution against cyber attacks. This system includes features such as attack recognition, protection, detection, response and recovery.

Additional Items that the Super Software Development Team May Suggest:

➨ Offers several models of cooperation and provides transparent pricing.

For a software development a good IT company offers customers a choice of several engagement models, depending on the scope, goals and timing of the project, as well as the financial capabilities of the client. The engagement model defines a clear plan of action, according to which the customer and the contractor will work during the project, including how pricing will be formed.

➨ Provides IT consulting services.

As part of custom software development, the supplier can ensure strategic and tactical consulting of planning and creating a startup product, as well as provide expert assessment and advice during the entire process of development, implementation and maintenance of the project.

➨ Legally guarantees quality in the development contract.

Some software development companies provide a detailed development contract, where they provide some guarantees. For example, they legally guarantee the quality of the written code, the uninterrupted operation of the product, the ability to modify or fix functions during a certain period.

➨ Provides troubleshooting.

An IT team can go beyond the simple coding. The team can identify a particular software problem or a flaw in existing software, and most importantly, propose and implement an effective solution. For example, when the desired functionality is missing or processes are not established. The company analyzes your problem, offers its solution and, in fact, fulfills it.

➨ Provides an appropriate level of technical maintenance.

A good software development team develops new features and provides the necessary level of support for the finished product. Technical software maintenance includes developing new versions of a software product to increase productivity, working to expand capabilities, fixing bugs, removing obsolete features, and optimizing the software.

➨ The team is involved in the project at a maximum level.

Perfect software development team does not just code according to its assignment, it looks much wider. Based on its experience, software team offers its expertise, solutions, ideas and gives advice on improving the functions and software solutions during development. It also allows the customer to avoid possible errors in the project implementation.

Everything seems to be very clear with the services and qualities of a perfect software development team. There may be a lot of them, but we assure you that your business will benefit from working with such a strong partner. It remains to determine the size of a team.

In the table below you will see examples of real startups and the approximate amount of the necessary team members for each of them, according to AngelList.

 

Types of startups according to their size

Small

Medium

Large

Example: An application that creates routes for tourists who travel to different countries, allowing them to easily see and do what interests them, as well as get recommendations from local experts.

Example: SaaS platform that specializes in cybersecurity. Startups help companies guarantee their suppliers and partners protection against cyber violations.

Example: A fitness platform that allows to develop personal and lasting relationships with users based on their data profiles. An analysis of user behavior patterns allows them to create and recommend content tailored to their specific interests.

The number of employees: 1-10 

The number of employees: 11-50

The number of employees:  51-200

>60% startups

50% startups

56% startups

Stage: Seed

Stages: Series A, Series B

Stage: Series C

Necessary technical team:
1 project manager
1-2 developers (backend & frontend)
1 QA
1 designer
Necessary technical team:
1 project manager
1 team lead
2-4 developers, where 1-2 frontend developers, others - backend developers.
1 QA
1 designer
Necessary technical team:
1 project manager
1 team lead
2-4 developers, where 1-2 frontend developers, others - backend developers.
1 QA
1 designer

 

We hope now you have a better idea of what the perfect software development team should look like. We are sure you'll find your the best technology partner to carry out your super tech startup! Now just go for it!

 Halyna Korolevska, Content Manager

Halyna Korolevska

Content Manager

Halyna is a content manager and business analyst in MassMedia Group software development company.
She is an expert in business automation and creative writing.