Hiring Tech-Talent as a Non-Tech Founder

You may have a great idea for a product or service, but building a technology platform to bring it to life can be a daunting task. A tech agency can provide you with the technical expertise you need without the headache of managing a technical team, but finding the right team is a priority to ensure the success of your project. Here are some tips on how to find the right tech partners.

Considerations when building the tech team & product of your dreams

Clearly define your goals and requirements: 

If you’re having trouble knowing where to start, the first step is to have a clear understanding of what your goals are. What are you trying to build? How will this benefit your target audience? Who is your target audience? How is this solution different than offerings already in market? These initial probing questions will be the foundation for the type of agency that will most benefit your project. If you are having trouble answering these questions, conducting Research & Strategy before building can help you organize your project needs. 

Before you start working with a development agency, it is important to have a clear understanding of your goals and requirements. This includes defining your target audience, the key features and functionality of your product, and any constraints or limitations that need to be considered. 

Research and compare agencies: 

Do your research and compare different development agencies to find one that fits your needs. Look at their portfolio, client testimonials, and experience with projects similar to yours.

Communicate openly: 

Good communication is key when working with a development agency. Be open and transparent about your goals, requirements, and expectations to ensure that the agency understands your vision.

Consider their development process

Make sure the development agency has a transparent and well-defined development process that aligns with your expectations. Ask about their testing and quality assurance processes, as well as their approach to project management. 

Establish a budget: 

Establish a budget for your project and be transparent about your resources and constraints. This will help the agency provide a realistic estimate for the cost and timeline of your project and will allow you to choose an agency that fits within your budget.

Get everything in writing: 

Before you start working with a development agency, make sure you have a clear, written agreement that outlines the scope of work, timeline, budget, and any other important details.  Ensure that there will be no confidentiality issues and that your intellectual property is safe by signing an MNDA at the beginning of the engagement. 

Hiring Offshore or using resources like Fiver: 

When offshoring, there can be challenges with communication and cultural differences that can impact the quality of work and productivity. Time zone differences can also make it difficult to collaborate effectively and lead to delays in project completion. Similarly, platforms like Fiverr can be a double-edged sword. While they can provide access to a large pool of tech talent at lower prices, there is a risk of hiring inexperienced or low-quality freelancers, which can ultimately cost more in the long run due to errors, delays, and quality issues. Furthermore, relying on offshore or freelance talent can make it difficult to establish a strong company culture and can create a lack of accountability for the work produced. This can lead to missed deadlines, poor-quality work, and a lack of alignment with the overall vision and values of the company.

Scheduled communication: 

Ensure that the development agency you are working with has clear workflows that maintain communication, so you are aware of the status of your project at all times. For example, most projects at Metova include weekly standups, where the Metova team shares project updates, and roadblocks, and receives feedback to ensure transparency at all stages of the project. 

Focus on the long-term: 

While it may be tempting to focus on the short term, it’s important to consider the long-term impact of your project. Look for a development agency that is interested in building a long-term relationship with you, as maintenance and support can also be a part of your digital journey. 

In conclusion…

Hiring tech talent can be a challenge for non-tech founders. However, working with a tech agency like Metova can provide the technical expertise you need without the hassle of managing an internal technical team. When evaluating a tech agency, it’s important to consider their technical expertise, communication and collaboration processes, pricing, and cultural fit. By following these guidelines, you can find a tech agency that can help you build the software you need to grow your business.

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Metova is a custom software development company that specializes in building software for companies of all sizes. The company has over 17 years of experience and has completed over 100+ projects for clients across 10+ industries. Metova’s agile-development process is designed to deliver high-quality software on time and within budget. We also prioritize communication and collaboration, ensuring that clients are kept informed throughout the development process.

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