For the last 2 years, we hired an outsourced company (team of 3) to develop our app. We have just renewed this contract to include monitoring and maintenance of the site + continuous development of new features.
Whilst this arrangement is ongoing, we are also in the process of building our own inhouse technical team of 2-3 people. Idea is for them to work alongside our current team for a period of 6-12 months, for them to learn the system and handle the turnover, until such time they are ready to sit in a separate office.
There are two of us co-founders in the company - and none of us is capable or confident to technically vet/interview/assess our Development Lead.
I am wondering if any of you have been in this situation - or if there are consultants here who provide such service. I have stayed away from using tech recruiters - as im not sure they will be capable of understanding/matching our tech stack and tech direction with the skills we need in this candidate? Should be using an IT consultant instead?
Your thoughts are all welcome and appreciated!
Since neither you or your co-founder aren't on the tech side I would recommend getting a CTO or better yet a technical project manager. The goal would be to find someone who can manage a dev team. Currently, your outsourced team has been providing that need and it's crucial to build that infrastructure for your dev team. This is recommended because you'll need someone who can hep with technical planning & project management, and they will have to be able to help bridge gaps most people don't see when they are in the middle of a startup. (Example - knowing when the issue is ux/ui related)
- Find a technical project manager ( they will organize actionable plans and set steps to hit milestone )
- Find a job posting for a technical project manager on indeed or ziprecruiter and adjust that posting for your business.
- Easiest way to interview is to have an applicant show you actual projects they've worked (i.e apps that you can download on the app store, testflight, or hockeyapp), see if they can show you work flow they use when they are on a project. Also, make sure to have detailed conversations with there references.
- MOST IMPORTANT - don''t hire anyone out right. Always ask for 3-5 days of contract work (pay them $500 buck for the week or so that way you don't have to worry about a w-2).This way they can actually show you if they have the goods. First task could be interviewing and hiring a dev team.
Hope that helps!
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What are skills set, programming languages or technologies you are using in your APP?
It seems like a typical thing to do to bring your development in-house once your product-market fit is mostly proven. I have been in your exact shoes couple times in the past. We used to work with a mobile lab studio and after 1.5 years brought development in-house with an AMC (annual maintenance contract) and a 6-month Handover phase. Then I worked with another client who absorbed the agency in-house (bought them).
I am neither a HR-recruiter or consultant; I am a technical co-founder (engineer) who loves working with startups. I think I maybe of help here. Feel free to ping me at raj.cto(at)mylupo.com or connect here to have a chat.
You may just want to post a simple project that would be a typical task required. You could review resumes and invite ones you think are a good match as the next step in hiring process. You would get a good idea of speed and thoroughness. Next step could maybe include a meeting for them to explain the methods used. This way in can be done in house without taking much time away from your skillsets.
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