The deadline is approaching, and they haven’t done much so far. You have almost no doubt that they will not complete the project on time.
Broken deadlines are a frequent issue in software development. You might be ready for it. But after you find again some bugs to fix, some software errors that need to be eliminated, you understand that it will be endless. Hence, the most optimal solution is to change the development team.
When a different team of developers comes, they will need to learn everything about the project. You will also want them to speed up the project development to compensate for the lost time and to fix the existing issues.
That’s why you need to provide them with as much information as you can. All the documents shall be written by a developer who participates in the project and has access to the source code. In case developers are not good at writing, ask them to record screencasts to show the main stages of the process: environment setup, environment deployment, and similar.
Properly prepared documentation at least covers the topics:
A roadmap provides a detailed overview of how the project will be developed. A roadmap helps to understand your new team what has been done and what actions they need to take to achieve the goal.
There are many amazing tools to generate the project’s roadmap. The most popular of them are the following:
Aha! is a cloud-based software used to develop visual roadmaps. Its main goal is to help developers build products without major issues.
ProductPlan helps to create the most detailed roadmaps for your team to work efficiently. It has a free trial.
Jira is an Agile platform used for planning roadmaps. It has all the functionality needed for project management. This is a perfect tool to track the progress, bugs and to deliver high-quality software.
Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform that allows storing your data and documents in an easy form. It simplifies the collaboration between team members and facilitates the work on the project.
There is one more question you should ask before signing the contract with a vendor: who will own the source code?
If you are not the owner of source code, the entire procedure of switching to a new team might become a nightmare. If you own the source code, the transition process becomes significantly simpler. That’s why make sure the clause about source code ownership is included in the contract with the vendor.
The software development process usually involves many third-parties’ services and products. Your previous team might have used their accounts to get access to the servers, GIT repositories, and code, or might have signed up for them on your behalf.
When you are switching to a new team, you need to take ownership of each of the mentioned services:
Ask your current team about access to all the accounts. If you don’t have the ownership, check if you can get it. If not, request the team to create your own account to enable you to use all the services without interruptions.
It is important to have clean and well-structured code. It will help to switch teams more painlessly.
To simplify the process of replacing an old team with a new one, follow the instructions:
Now, when the technical aspects are handled, it is time to move to the personal aspects of changing the team.
The transition from one development team to another is a long and painful process. But you can facilitate it for everybody if you plan the transition well in advance. For that, you need to understand your project and everything that is involved in its development.
If you follow all the needed procedures, your new team will start working on the project faster and become maximally efficient within a shorter time.
And whatever happens, always take the transition process in your hands. Control everything, don’t leave it to the leaving team.
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