We do NOT compare outsourcing and in-house.
Sometimes you really do NOT need an outsourcing team. Often big products starting with outsourcing because this is cheaper. After some period they build an in-house team. An in-house team gives you: more control, security, full involvement to the product and company lifestyle, business goals, easier to inspire people.
Top 5 In-house team benefits
1. You’re the chief. You can motivate your in-house team and build a culture around your product and your business. The team which fully focused on one product and have the same mission. As a chief you have the full information about the process and that gives you more opportunity to build an accurate plan about product development.
2. This is about security. You will be more aware of controlling the security on the project. Data leakage, information disclosure you will be not protected enough until you build an in-house team for that. Even with the in-house team you will be not protected enough 🙂
3. Knowing who is working with you. You are hiring people, collecting requirements for them. While building an in-house team you know better who are working on the project.
4. Conditions for working. Not everyone pays attention and ask questions about how long employees working in companies, but this is crucial. When a skilled employee quitting the job in the middle of the projector before a deadline this is a very big issue. And different companies solving it in a different manner. When you have your in-house team, you can better control that.
5. You don’t overpay for managers. In companies usually, you also pay for management work. And big companies are overwhelmed with a number of managers who are usually not required and make extra noise on the project.
To build an in-house team. It needs 5 things to consider:
1. Good office. If we speak about web development, you should consider that competition for good employees is very big. Good employees pay attention to good working conditions, office location, social package, company culture, company processes, etc.
2. Equipment. Most developers needs:
– 2 monitors + computer
– tools for testing: that could be software visual testing tools or physical devices. Depends on the project complexity
– Internet (it’s certainly obvious, but better to tell about this)
– Software tools: tasks management, debugging tools, IDE, Web Servers, API tools etc
3. Trends and Knowledge. Development trends are arriving and leaving swiftly. Your team and you personally should be aware of new trends and technologies. Knowledge sharing is essential for any development team especially in-house. Where everything is highly connected between each other. You need a team atmosphere inside. Where everyone is deeply tied on each other. Without that the way of product development could be out of date
4. Developers psychology. Developers are very specific people. Not everyone could communicate with them. Be ready for that. If you want to have an in-house web development team and integrate them to the company processes you should care about psychological compatibility
I’m ready! 5 Steps To Start
1. First step. Find a web development guru.
This article is for non-technical people. If you want to build an in-house web development team you should find a good web developer. Better to find a generalist person who tried himself in different web development directions. Usually, such people are 50 % good managers and 50 % good developers. That would be a very good future CTO of your team
2. Second step. When you have a motivated guru. You should start finding space and equipment
3. Third step. Describe your development needs to the guru. With understanding exactly what you need to build a web developer can better understand what specialists do you need. Also what development environment should you buy.
4. Fourth step. Hiring specific specialists. Be ready that first time a lot of people will quit. That happens because they will feel non-stability.
5. Fifth steps. Start with something simple. Better not to give huge tasks from the start. Divide your idea into small steps. Involve people to the management, that will helps to give them the feeling that they can influence the process. This is the reason why most smart specialists prefer working in small teams.