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Assembling a Dedicated .NET Development Team

Assembling a dedicated team of developers is a tall mountain to climb. There is a lot of factors to take into consideration if you are looking for a team of developers that is going to deliver the result you’ve expected on an end-to-end basis. When it comes to finding a team that specializes in a specific technology or a network, the task becomes even harder. However, the very benefits of finding such a team might actually justify the effort, especially if we’re talking about a dedicated .NET development team. .NET is a free, cross-platform, open source development platform for building a plethora of application types. It supports various languages, editors, and libraries for mobile, web, desktop apps, games and IoT. Hence, today, we are talking about the best way for assembling a dedicated .NET development team.

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  • Where? Choose Your Destination

The first and foremost aspect to pay attention to is whether you want your team to be a nearshore or an offshore one. If you own a company in the US, a nearshore development team is the one based along Europe’s Atlantic shoreline, meanwhile, and offshore development team is the one based deeper into the mainland, in countries like Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, etc. The reason we mentioned the Eastern European countries here is because they are the best pick in terms of quality-prive correlation, as well as the .NET talent supply.

As a matter of fact, Ukraine stands out of the crowd of the other destinations with more than 200,000 active developers and more than 40 STEM universities. Every year, Ukraine’s developers “backlog” adds more than 20,000 qualified software developers with perfect tech and communication skills. Their English is great, while the time gap is not too big to prevent you from getting regular Agile reports on the progress of your project. Finally, the prices in Ukraine are reasonable, as you will have to pay an average price of $20 for a Junior developer and $70 for a Senior developer. 

All in all, regardless of the country of your choice, you have to keep in mind such factors as tech talent availability, communication skills, and prices. A perfect destination will always combine all of these factors, meaning that you can proceed with the process of finding your best .NET development team.

  • Reality Check

As soon as you’re done with choosing the location, proceed with compiling a long list of candidates that suit all of your requirements. Nonetheless, you want to learn some more information about them before actually contacting them. Go to Clutch or Good Firms and read a couple of replies from the company’s actual customers. This step is crucial because you want to know the truth, right? The way Clutch works is as transparent as possible. They contact a software developer’s customers asking to leave feedback, and no one edits or moderates the feedback supplied. Hence, long story short, compile the shortlist and go and do your research homework. You want to have as much as possible information about the companies of your choice before contacting their representatives.

  • Requirements

Now, we have to go back to where it all started. The reason we postponed this “step” was to remind you not to forget about it just like many companies do. Even before you start looking for the destination to proceed with your search, sit down with your team and define your requirements

This is, probably, the most important stage of the entire process. Knowing what you want and what you need will make it easy on you, when choosing the right kind of offshore development company for your project. Literally, sit down with your in-house team and put down a list of preliminary and secondary requirements which you will use when filtering teams through the sieve of your project vision.

  • Talk, Talk, Talk

Regardless of what the feedback and how reasonable the offshore company’s prices are, you’ll never know their “real face” until you talk to them. Hence, schedule calls with the companies that have made it this far and start talking to them, as one conversation with a real representative will crown the process of forming your impression of the company.

However, try and speak with somebody from the development team itself, as you don’t want to speak to a sales person (of course they’ll put you through to their sales manager at first). You want either the CEO, CTO, an engineering director, or a senior developer with the bragging rights to represent their company to speak to you. Those are the people who can evaluate the capacity of the project, its technical challenge, and the value they can bring to you.

There is no unified list of questions, which you can ask of a dedicated .NET development team, as all the projects are different. Still, you can ask about some things that will actually tell you a lot about the quality of the team:

  1. What is the Senior-Junior correlation on the team?
  2. What were the principles you used when hiring developers to your team?
  3. What are the .NET, Microsoft, and other related certifications that your team has?
  4. What is the overall tech stack of the company and the team, in particular? (You never know how you’re going to scale your project).

Conclusion

As you can see, assembling a dedicated .NET development team is not that easy as it might seem at first sight. There is a limited number of experts in the market, while there is rarely a .NET developers congregation within one geographical area. Regardless of the new normal rules, you want your dedicated team to reside, at the very least, within one country, which is essential for the project’s success. However, while there is a whole range of other issues you might experience, sticking to the process is always the best option to go with. Start with an in-depth research, then filter that candidates through, choose a couple, talk to them, and your project would be off to a flying start.

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