Top 5 Qualities of the Perfect Developer

Imagine you’re an entrepreneur who relies on software for the core functions of your small business. Let’s presume that you have a software project, possibly an app or program, that needs to be created by a developer. Congratulations! That was the easy part. Now the difficult part begins. How do you choose the right professional?

by Lauren Schneidewind on November 4, 2016

Imagine you’re an entrepreneur who relies on software for the core functions of your small business. Let’s presume that you have a software project, possibly an app or program, that needs to be created by a developer.

Congratulations! That was the easy part. Now the difficult part begins. How do you choose the right professional?

For your project, you don’t want just any developer. You want one who will develop your idea into a successful and profitable product. Of course, keeping to the budget and delivering the completed project on time too.

To help you, here are the top 5 qualities of the perfect developer:

1. Communication and trust

It’s extremely important to meet your potential developer, either virtually or in person. That’s the best way to determine if you can understand each other clearly and have a natural rapport.

The person who applies for this role should be able to comprehend your ideas, your business, and what you want to achieve with your project. Do you trust the developer’s professional competence and personal integrity?

2. Technical competencies

Naturally, you shouldn’t hire someone just because you like them and communication is easy. Being a small business owner means that you can’t take a risk on a developer who might use up the entire budget and create a product that is not of the highest technical quality.

That’s why the combination or technical knowledge and experience with the specific technologies that are core for the development of your software is a key factor when hiring a developer. Ask for proof of skills, work history, and how the candidate learned to program.

3. Soft skills

There are several major soft skills that a good developer has learned:

  • Listening: Being a good listener is part of excellent communication skills. The emphasis here is on the ability to comprehend what you have been told and interpret it correctly.
  • Flexibility: A good professional should be constantly learning new skills, be able to cope with extra responsibilities, and adjust to modifications related to a project or team.
  • Ability to work on a team: Choose a developer that has proven experience working well on a team. A responsible person, who can be reliable and supportive, is an excellent asset to the team.
  • Critical thinking: The developer should have the ability to evaluate and analyze a lot of information and complex methods before choosing the most effective solution. Asking the right questions is a key element of this process.
  • Time management: Professionals with good time management work smarter and not harder. Conversely, those, who fail to manage their time are not effective workers and could damage the project.
  • Ego management: It’s difficult to work with prima donnas. No matter how brilliant, a developer should be able to: learn from others, teach others, and offer and accept constructive criticism.

4. Availability

While considering a developer who is interested in your project, make sure that the person or team will be available for your project all the way through to completion.

5. Cost

Cost is one of the most important factors in the hiring process. As a reasonable and thoughtful businessperson, you have created a detailed budget for your project. Now, the big question here is how much are you allocating for developer salaries and fees?

Even if your business is still small, in order to grow it would be best to open your wallet and spend money on a good developer. A skilled professional will bring additional value to your project. Spending less money on a mediocre one may come with hidden costs, causing you trouble in the long run.

Now you know the top 5 qualities of the perfect developer. If this process seems too difficult or time consuming, keep in mind that LD Studios can help you. Our team of developers is the best in the business. They are professionals who are constantly improving their skills, learning about the latest technologies, and paying careful attention to excellent communication with their clients. With LD Studios, you can be sure that the product you receive is successful, 100% efficient, and developed using the latest technologies. Please contact us for your free consultation. Hire us!

Sources:

[1] https://artandlogic.com/four-things-to-expect-when-you-hire-a-software-developer/

[2] http://soltech.net/problems-hiring-individual-small-firm-develop-software/

[3] https://www.netguru.co/blog/9-soft-skills-every-web-developer-should-master

[4] http://www.phpcoderusa.com/be-careful-when-hiring-developer

[5] https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm

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