Should I tackle a software project myself by building a team, find a technical co-founder or partner with a technology agency instead? It’s a great question and to be honest, there is no one wrong or right answer. It really depends on your situation, experience, team, resources, focus, and time. Maybe the solution is actually to use a bit of both. We’ll give some specific examples and discuss the pros and cons to help you figure out the best solution for you.
Devika’s Two Cents on Outsourcing
Here at Devika, we combine all the skills of a technology agency with the alignment of a technical co-founder. While partnered with us, you use us as your technology department and are in control of the project. We are here to validate and enhance your ideas, work and vision.
Unlike a typical technical co-founder situation, we have a diverse range of skills in our team, providing you with access to a range of technical skills such as project management, system architects, business/systems analysts, front-end/back-end engineers, user experience and mobile/web development, just to mention a few. We have the right people at the right time, who have all worked together on projects before. When it is time to scale, we work with you to grow your development team organically, hiring the right people at the right time when the business can afford it.
Should You Outsource Software Developers?
This list states key factors which may guide your decision to outsource software developers. Our top tip is to remember that there’s no blanket rule...It’s all contextual.
Wisdom From the Experts
Our concluding thoughts for when to outsource software developers has been significantly shaped by Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk and Virgin Group Founder, Richard Branson. Through their shared experiences and evident success, we feel more confident in our approach to in-house and outsourced software development.
As Elon Musk said, "Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”
No matter how people become involved, the most important detail is that they have a good heart. Musk has encouraged us to collaborate with people who are passionate about what they’re doing and what this company is striving to achieve. Other details are comparatively insignificant when measured against drive and passion.
We love Richard Branson’s bold approach which has challenged us to consider that, “Everything in your business can be outsourced…If you’re not emotionally attached to doing it all.”
This is a fantastic reminder not to fear outsourcing. Collaborating with others can lead to far more effective, creative and successful outcomes and sometimes, going it alone with the desire to seek perfection does more harm than good. Every individual brings something unique to the table which can actually enhance your efforts and part of being a successful leader means knowing when to delegate and trust in the talent and determination of others.
We’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts. When and why do you outsource software developers? Please forward ideas onto our team at https://devika.com/contact/