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12 Apr

Useful things to consider when hiring a web application developer

Mahipal Nehra

Web Application Development trend is on the rise but it is a tedious task to recruit diversified workforce required for developing a Web Application.

Useful tips to consider when hiring a web application developer 

The article intends to let you know what to consider for hiring a great Web App developer. Here are 15 things to consider when you are hiring a Web App developer.

1. Research on the type of web developers required

The size of the web development team increases with the complexity and scale of the project. The first task should be to hire a project manager who can map the complexity of your proposed Web Application then study about types of Web application developers and their role in projects. Collaboratively recruit more members with your project manager because the captain should be the one choosing his/her soldiers.

2. Don’t Hunt with Ratings Only

With digital marketing on the rise, it is hard to tell whether the ratings are authentic or they are just pumped up, so the top rated one might not be the best one. Have a thorough discussion along with project manager to test the skills that Web App development applicant has.

3. Expensive isn’t always the best

The Web App (Web Application) developer who is quoting the most isn’t always the best ones. Just take a moment and think if the most expensive is the best ones then why does freelancing platforms exist where people are looking for cheap freelancers from developing countries. The quoted price is not just related to skills it is also related to the location of Web App developer where he/she lives.

4. Communication Skills Matters

Communications skill is the key to develop a successful Web Application project because there will be doubts, there will be modifications, there will be bugs to be fixed so you and your team should be on the same page. Make sure you both speak a common language and can understand what the counterpart is saying regardless of the accent.

Read: Why Web Applications Are Becoming Popular Than Standalone Applications?

5. Geographical Location of Developer Matters

The geographical location of the Web Application developer matters a lot because it is directly associated with the price, he/she is going to quote. Web App developers from developed nations usually quote more whereas web developers from developing nations quote less. Geographical location associate’s clients with the global perception of skills a developer have like you might think Russian developers are great but the truth is it all depends on the work experience of Web App developer.

6. Freelancer vs Agency

The biggest question that can come to your mind is that I should hire a Web App developer from an agency or a freelancer from freelancing platforms. The best way is to hire web developers from an agency because of the following reasons:

  • Agencies follow professionalism and will surely honour the terms of the contract because they cannot jeopardise their reputation.

  • Their Web App developers will be highly skilled.

  • If you do not like the work of your current team member you can ask for a replacement.

Read: The process of web application development

7. Hire Slowly

While hiring Web App development team, Be calm and take your time to find the best candidate for the job because the time taken to recruit a great web developer is far less than replacing them and allowing the new one to understand the project. A wrong candidate can mess up the whole project so be cautious while recruiting Web App developers.

8. Ask for a reference to past projects

While recruiting Web Application developers, Ask for the reference of past projects on which they have worked on and check out those projects. If those projects work great it provides you with a level of assurance that you are in good hands.

9. Know the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) they follow

There are a couple of SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) models that Web App developers use, ask them about which one they follow. The most trending SDLC model that is currently in use is an Agile development model because it is a model where feedbacks are sent iteratively in the software development process and tasks are divided into milestones. At the end of each milestone, the running code is deployed to get the feedback and to make sure the project is going in the right direction.

10. Start Simple then Scale-up

Web Application development is a complex task so there will be problems to tackle and you might decide to change the flow of Web Application to tackle these problems. Therefore, start building a simple application and then, later on, scale it up to deal with problems effectively without changing the flow. Repetitive changes in flow will lead you in the wrong direction and you will not be able to develop the Web Application that you wanted in the first place.

11. Payment methods they offer

Whenever you hire a Web Application developer make sure that both of you are associated with some common global payment methods like PayPal, Wire transfers to banks so that paying them is hassle free for you.

12. Payment cycles they prefer

After selecting the Web Application developer, Ask them about the payment cycle they prefer so that both of you are on the same page. Usually, the payments are scheduled to do after the delivery of tasks at the end of every milestone.

13. Arrive at the meeting/call prepared

Whenever you schedule a meeting/call you should arrive prepared with documents, questions, concerns and agenda of the meeting. Wireframes, mock-ups, documents and excel files are great mediums to express what you want to convey your Web app development team.

14. Monitor Team meanwhile working

While working with them monitor the team closely to know how much bugs are there in their developed code, are they able to meet the deadline, are they communicating well? If the answer to most of these questions quickly take action to bring them on the same page and if they do not follow fire them. In short Hire slow fire fast.

15. Sign an Agreement

Before starting a project make sure you sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with your Web Application developer and the terms are watertight. Don’t give them a chance to ruin your investment and efforts.

Read: How to Hire a Web Application Developer?

Posted by Mahipal Nehra | Posted at 12 Apr, 2019 Web