When determining who will build your application, the “right” answer depends heavily on your own project needs. Some project ideas can be carried out by an individual developer while others require a team of people to successfully meet expectations.
While developers are responsible for writing the code behind the application, there is more to a great application than simply having “good code.” You may need a team of people with various skillsets to successfully launch a complex system. Consider these 4 points as you make your decision:
1. A developer may be an expert coder, but he may not have other necessary skills – design, project management, QA.
2. A team of freelancers have other projects going on – are you the priority?
3. The collective experience and knowledge a development company innately offers will prevent scope creep and unexpected costs from occurring.
4. It can take a long time to find a reliable freelance developer (though it can also take a long time to identify a good development company.)
This is an investment meant for companies ready to take on complex IT projects with the resources to hire. Both agencies and freelance developers could work with your company on a repeat basis.
Whether you hire talent internally or freelance, you run the risk of your key players leaving prior to project completion – and taking the knowledge of your system with them. Hiring an agency with a contract is the least risky option for taking your project from start to finish. Development companies seek a smooth transition with little disruptions and plan for knowledge transfers and seamless handoffs during a team member’s offboarding.
Sometimes a developer is all you need to complete a vision. Other times, a development team can ease communication so your final product doesn’t get lost in the development process. An agency can provide the necessary structure and security to make sure your software turns our as expected.
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