As a freelance software developer, you may need a team to help you with a client’s project. Some projects need not more than one person. Others require the input of a huge team. That said, you cannot appoint a team to help you with the project if the client has not provided a budget for them. Discuss these issues with the client and have them all down on the software development agreement. It is worth mentioning that it is easier to ask the client for a budget. The challenge lies in managing your team although the agreement can help.
How technical is the software development project you are handling? The more technical it is, the higher the likelihood that you need a team around you to take it all the way to completion. However, you would require a diverse set of skills to manage such a team. Each member of the team comes with a unique set of skills and temperament. In some cases, you may end up with a multicultural team, which is quite challenging to manage. Nevertheless, get the team members to go through the software development agreement to see what you expect of them.
It is also worth stating that the software development agreement should mention 1-2 things about resource management. In software development, you will mostly find yourself dealing with an agile or waterfall project. The short sprints and multiple delays that define agile projects may affect the milestones. Waterfall projects are full of surprises that tend to consume additional time too. Because of these, the agreement must specify each member’s role within the freelance team. Otherwise, moving from one project to the next would cause confusion.
Anyone who has been in software development for long will have noticed the high turnover in this industry. There is nothing much you can do to prevent this problem. The high turnover is just the nature of the beast. Nevertheless, you can do something about it where your software development team is concerned. Typically, the members of your team would remain in place for two years. For this reason, the software development agreement should indicate how long the project will last. This way, you get enough time to plan for any likely departure.
Normally, the head of the software development team requires a technical background to appreciate the nuances of the industry. However, many have still excelled despite their non-technical background. Nevertheless, you need such background to manage your team better. Without such background, what would you do about the feedback or complaints from your team members? Alternatively, identify those within the team with the requisite technical background and let them help you to lead the rest to victory.
In this industry, you will come across many clients who expect you to work with ambiguous requirements or instructions. Unless you possess extra-psychic skills, you would be better off turning such clients away if they fail to offer you more information. Otherwise, you would only succeed in leading a team that is not only highly frustrated but also feeling bored at your leadership skills, or lack thereof! Without specific and clear instructions, your software development team would not create practical applications from vague business requirements.
Therefore, take great care of the software development agreement. Without it, you would have a torrid time trying to manage a team of highly intelligent and motivated individuals. The agreement is your most potent tool for managing such a team. It provides all the mechanisms for solving disputes within the group. Moreover, it also provides the solutions needed for getting all the members of the team to focus on one goal. Lastly, the agreement ensures that the entire team delivers what the client ordered accurately, effectively and on time!