Is your software development team at maximum capacity?
Technology is the backbone of nearly all businesses today. To achieve any degree of innovation, software will play a big role. But software is not a one-size-fits-all strategy towards transformation – and it shouldn’t be. Any digital transformation effort should begin with a clearly defined plan, a full assessment of the organization’s technology ecosystem, business goals, and the overarching digital strategy to get maximum return on performance, investment and KPI output from the software development project.
However, that is easier said than done. A recent report* finds that two of the greatest challenges companies face are: 1) being at capacity with their software development teams (24%) and 2) hiring more talent (21%).
With these project roadblocks, how do you avoid typical software development pitfalls to build the technology solutions that will help you innovate?
Let’s take a closer look at the capacity and hiring hurdles, and then go over some recommendations to overcome them.
The team is at capacity
Capacity and hiring go hand in hand. When a development team is at capacity, the response is to hire more developers. But what does it mean for the team to be at capacity? For managers intent on aligning projects with business goals, capacity is the ability to enable their developers to build more features faster, while addressing a backlog of features that need implementation. Sometimes a team can just be too small to meet all of those demands. Other times, projects require specific skills sets that are missing in the team. In both cases, hiring can solve this problem, but that is a slow process wrought with its own challenges. And it can take even longer when managers are hiring developers with niche technology skills and experience.
The great news is that there are viable options to address both the capacity and hiring dilemmas.
To get started, here are some questions that will help you understand when it’s time to work with trusted vendors. Thinking about the answers will help determine a solution that is most suitable for your organization:
- Does your current talent pool have all of the expertise necessary for a project?
- Will this project overburden your team and prevent them from performing their other job functions?
- What is the budget for this project?
A recent report* shows that around 67% of companies outsourced software development, with 57% stating they worked with software development companies. Yet only 22% report being absolutely satisfied and 40% being somewhat satisfied. With the big disparity in the satisfaction of results, it’s important to reevaluate what a trusted partner is and what services they provide.
demand more than resumes
Software developer staffing agencies are abundant. But not all provide the quality of talent and services you should expect from a trusted vendor. On average, traditional software development companies collect and disburse developers’ resumes with less effort to vet and qualify candidates to best align with client projects. In contrast, a trusted staffing agency ensures that candidates are screened, vetted, and pre-qualified to meet the technical and other project requirements the client needs. In addition, they provide additional resources to both the developers and clients such as ongoing training, performance tracking, valuable reporting and metrics that reflect their commitment to the project’s success.
Select Technology Partners that are invested in your success
There might come a time when a project requires more than extending the team’s capacity. It might require outsourcing it entirely to a 3rd party vendor. Similar to working with a trusted staffing agency for better results, the key is hiring a trusted technology partner over a traditional software development shop. Here’s why:
A trusted technology partner does more than develop software. They offer consultative services in digital strategy, technology audits, and provide strategic advice on effective ways to innovate without necessarily doing a complete overhaul of the company’s existing technology stack.
Equally important and distinctive, a trusted technology partner is mutually invested in their clients’ success. They build solutions aligned to business goals and measure performance against business KPIs. Trusted technology partners become an extension of the team, providing needed knowledge, technical skills and the human resources to bring a complex project to fruition.
in the end...
There are concrete benefits to outsourcing entire software development projects or augmenting your IT workforce with more developers. An increasing number of companies are choosing trusted technology partners over traditional software development companies to design, develop, and implement complex technology initiatives. And others, are solving capacity and talent shortages by working with trusted staffing agencies that provided much needed skills and resources right away.
How are you solving capacity and talent shortages? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments.
* State of Software Development in 2019, Coding Sans