According to a recent survey from Forbes and the Project Management Institute, 92% of executives believe that organizational agility, or the ability to rapidly respond to market conditions and external factors, is critical to business success. An additional 84% agree that organizational agility is necessary to succeed in digital transformation.
What does your company need to improve its agility and succeed in digital transformation? Maybe it’s some additional expertise to get a specific project across the goal line, or maybe it’s software development resources to boost an internal team that’s already at capacity. Whatever the reason, partnering with an external developer can often be the right solution for organizations that need to expand their internal expertise, capacity, and project load to remain agile and competitive.
Software Development - Exploring the Field
With an estimated 100,000+ software and IT services companies in the United States alone, there are a lot of providers to choose from. How can companies narrow down the field to determine which partner is the best fit?
In our experience, business leaders want a software development partner that’s proven to deliver high-quality solutions quickly. Perhaps equally important is a partner with the resources and infrastructure to take ownership of a significant project (aka: they don’t need a ton of oversight to get the work done). While these are pretty evident differentiators, one that might not be so readily apparent is how well an external developer is able to integrate with internal teams.
Integrating internal IT teams with external developers can be difficult, but it’s absolutely critical to the success of development projects. We’ve found that the most successful developers have a “team” mindset that informs how they interact and integrate with their clients.
Three Qualities that Determine a “Good Integration” Partner
How does this “team” mindset manifest itself? Here are three qualities to look for in a provider that can indicate how well they will be able to integrate with your teams:
Are they an extension of your team?
A good software development partner will fully and deeply internalize the strategy, goals and culture of an internal team. They’ll work hand-in-glove with internal resources to develop solutions, just as if they worked directly for the company rather than an outside third party.
Do they have ramp up and ramp down capabilities?
Within every project work will ebb and flow. For example, there’s always a steep bump in the initial development phase of a project, but when the project is in maintenance mode, the work level is much lower. A good software development partner will be able to scale up and scale down depending on the level of work necessary.
Can they provide overflow assistance on demand?
What happens when you’re under deadline and a critical internal resource gets sick? What if your organization has an opening on its team as it looks for the right full-time candidate? How do you fill these gaps? A development partner with a “team” mindset will step in to offer overflow assistance on-demand, helping organizations plug the holes with a resource that already has deep knowledge of the organization and its internal workflows.
At DVmobile, we pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our clients. One of our most distinctive characteristics is how we approach working with internal teams. Their success is our success, their failures are our failures – we truly embrace the “team” mindset and, as a result, we have long-standing, successful relationships with clients. And our clients have access to a trusted partner who can help them be more agile and more competitive.
Guest blogger for DVmobile, busy mama, & strategy wiz.