Every tech project requires proper planning to be successful, which is why an experienced tech team is necessary. Whether a business has an in-house tech team or wishes to employ the services of a project development agency, we explain what a tech team is and why having the right team is essential for the success of a tech project. Also, we explain the roles of major team members on a typical project development team, such as the project manager, QA engineer, developer, and UX or UI designer. Finally, we take a look at the project development stages at Fetchly Labs to better understand how an efficient team handles a typical tech project.
Tech projects like web or mobile app development, software development, cloud computing, cyber security, and many others require proper planning. It's normal to overthink the process at first, but working with a team always helps lighten the load.
In this article, we will explain why having the right tech team is essential for the success of a tech project's brainstorming, planning, and execution stages.
What is a tech or technical team?
A tech team is made up of individuals who handle the technical aspect of project development. The choice of team members depends on the nature of the project, the workload involved, and other financial requirements.
Why is a tech team important?
Many tech-startup founders already have significant technical knowledge, but could be limited in certain areas of the project. Including a tech team in their project would be an added benefit to project development.
For example, building a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to safeguard web applications would require:
- Selecting the right security model.
- Configuring WAF policies.
- Making the WAF intuitive with AI-ML.
If a tech-startup founder lacks some experience in the areas listed above, it's advisable to outsource to a tech team with in-depth experience in providing cybersecurity solutions. Doing so will ensure that the web application is not vulnerable to cyber-attacks because the team has taken the necessary steps to safeguard the app.
Qualities of a good technical team
They have an in-depth understanding of their tools.
Good tech team members take it upon themselves to update their knowledge of the latest tools, platforms, software, and methods relevant to the needs of a project.
- They have good knowledge of how the tech market works.
Prior knowledge and experience in developing tech products are a bonus when working with good tech team members. They understand how the market works and what they can do to make a particular product stand out.
- A good tech team can manage and maximize resources.
Product development can cost a lot of money, so having a highly experienced tech team is one of the best ways to manage resources. Rather than wasting funds trying to figure out what to buy, investing in a tech team that already knows the cost of the tools a specific project needs is a much better investment.
Communication is everything during the project development process, so it helps when a team is accountable and gives regular updates on the progress of a project. It builds trust and makes workflow more organized.
- They stay committed from start to finish.
A technical product is never truly finished because it will require regular checks, upgrades, and maintenance. A solid and dedicated team working for a start-up is cost-effective. It saves time that would have been spent trying to hire someone else whenever an adjustment is needed.
Major members of a tech team and their roles
Choosing the right team members depends on the complexity of a tech project. Here are some specific team roles needed to kickstart any tech project.
1. Project Manager
The project manager leads the tech team by coordinating all team members, and this person also communicates directly with the client. They ensure the project's development stays within the planned budget while regularly meeting with the clients and responding to their requests. A project manager must also be a proactive leader with key soft skills to maintain transparent and effective communication. Most mobile or web app project managers are experienced in agile management methods and using project management software.
The developer's job is to write code and build the architecture of an application, including the different screens and their functions. Depending on what is needed for a specific project, the developer has to be familiar with the right platforms for effective delivery. For instance, to build a cross-platform application like Flutter, Native Script, Kivy, Qt, etc., the developer has to understand the coding language used on such platforms.
3. UX / UI Designer
UX or UI designers work on the visual aspect of an application. The designers draft the wireframes with layouts of UI elements and visual prototypes of the potential apps. The UX/UI designer is typically responsible for crafting the right user experience. Some essential skills UX or UI designers need to have include; excellent visual communication skills, analytical skills, and knowledge of popular software like Sketch, Invision Studio, Proto.io, Axure, Balsamiq, and Webflow.
4. Quality Assurance or QA Engineer
The Quality Assurance Engineer ensures that the final version of a web or mobile app maintains a desired level of quality. By reviewing all specifications and technical documents associated with the app, they run manual and automated testing of the app while also checking for bugs or possible threats. Most QA engineers need in-depth knowledge of app testing tools like Selenium, Robotium, TestComplete, and many others.
To wrap it up
Apart from working with in-house team members or freelancers, a start-up can hand over its tech project to an already organized team of professionals via a development company. Taking this approach has more benefits in terms of price and easy management.
At Fetchly Labs
, we have hands-on experience developing various tech projects that vary in complexity for start-ups to mid-sized businesses. By delegating duties to team members and following our efficient project development steps, workflow is smooth, and clients get the best results.
Here are the stages a typical tech project goes through:
When a client reaches out to us, our Client Success Team gathers all the necessary information about the new tech project. The information goes over to the Design Team, who creates a prototype and shares it with the Onboarding Team. They then share the project management steps with the Developers before sharing them with the Project Managers - this is the fulfillment stage.
Then PMs create stories for the project and provide updated project information to Developers. Once the stories are completed, the Devs notify the Quality Assurance Team, who tests the product to ensure everything works perfectly. Finally, the reporting team creates a report to update the client on the project status which is sent out to the clients weekly.
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*This is not the official Fetchly opinion but the opinion of the writer who is employed by Fetchly*