In our discussion of when to hire a devshop for a software development project, we stipulated that core business functions are better left to an in-house development team who will have more skin in the game compared to an outside consultancy. For any other function, however, it is quite acceptable to outsource the details of software development to a third party, if you have the means to do so and don’t know any programmers personally. And although dev shops have been criticized for “getting specs and sending code”, many dev shops are expanding their services and offer business and tech consulting. Here are a few ways that a good, experienced dev shop can add value to your startup business.
Dev Shop Experts Are Focused on Technology
While no one knows your business better than you do, dev shops make it their business to know the ins and outs of whatever technology they specialize in. If your business is having trouble getting your current tools to create what you need to create, dev shops have experience making that work.
Some Dev Shops Will Help Build Your Team
Good dev shops will work closely with your in-house team to make sure your startup gets what it needs. They will help your business use the technologies you have chosen to tackle your specific needs or problems. Extraordinary dev shops will also consult with you and help you build your own tech team, which is really invaluable and will reduce your dependence on outside agencies in the future.