Before you nab that team
Scaling your existing software product team can be a complex and lengthy undertaking. Looking for people to work with you could only add to the stress if you don’t nail your core setup first. Before you kick off hiring, it pays to think through the following:
A third factor that software companies don’t think about until they’re knee-deep in building the team and finding it a challenge to get the best talent where they are. And that’s: will you hire fully locally or will you take it offshore? Tech roles are becoming harder to hire, with the supply of talent not meeting demand in U.S. markets. More and more, companies are looking to outsourcing countries like the Philippines for talent.
A basic software team consists of five to six roles. As with any other department in your company, it’s important to understand what each person can contribute to your bottom line. Meet them here:
Their key responsibility is to drive and define the overall vision and strategy. They handle budgets, do market research, find opportunities to meet customer needs through new and existing, and are less involved in the production side of things. Though seen as a high-level role, project managers can be hired offshore.
As the name suggests, software developers build systems or applications that end up in the user’s hands. Their work begins with identifying and planning solutions based on customer’s needs, writing code on which apps and programs originate, and includes the testing and deployment of a built product.
The Philippines may not be top of mind, but the country already has an established software development sector that produces a healthy population of new IT graduates every year. Even with the presence of major global tech players in the country, the opportunities for them are still limited here and they’ve got their eyes on international companies for remote employment.
They are concerned with the end-to-end user journey. It is as much of a research-heavy role as it is design-heavy. UX Designers really get to the heart of a user’s mindset when they experience a product, examining behaviors, motivations, and needs, and ensuring this is reflected in every tap, click, and scroll on the finished product.
A lot of people mistake UX/UI designers for the same role, and while you sometimes get a generalist who can wing both, apart they bring different things to the table. The output of UX design is a user experience strategy, and it’s UI design that translates it into a visual form that customers see. You can also think of it as adding a face to the developer’s work; they are the creatives of the team.
Both UX and UI design are relatively young professions in the Philippines, but they are here and they’ve got skills to show for.
Quality Assurance Engineers
While every software developer should unit test their own code, there are advantages to having a separate group on top of quality assurance. QA Engineers are focused on risk mitigation and reduction and serve a vital role throughout the development process. A well-functioning QA team pays for itself, keeps developers focused on coding and not testing, and helps ensure substantially error-free releases.
QA is often a good place to start your offshore team. Usually seen as “low-risk”, outsourcing this position does very little to disrupt a team’s current ways of working. This is true in a sense, but it extends to all software roles if you have the right offshore hiring partner.
Save time and financial costs that could otherwise be poured into other resources by building effective software teams from the get-go. Smooth your launch and operations with individuals who can fit into the roles and processes that can maximize the success of your projects.
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