Creating a great digital product is no walk in the park. There’s a lot that needs to be done to build a great product that offers true value to the user. Occasionally, a project’s requirements can be more than a small team can handle. This is where a team of app development consultants comes in clutch.
End-to-end app development consultancy — also called full-product development — is a great way for companies to develop digital products. It involves collaborating with a software development company to bring in an external team of developers to act as an extension of a company’s in-house development team.
In this post, we’ll look at what this kind of app development consultancy means for development and why it can be a great option for your business.
What exactly are app development consultants?
App development consultants, or dedicated cross-functional development teams, are groups of developers you can bring in to work on a digital project.
As opposed to a team of scattered app development freelancers who are usually purely following product guidelines and working towards implementing them, a cross-functional team created by the software development company you chose to collaborate with will bring a fresh set of eyes to your project that will help:
- Define the goals of the project
- Receive expert advice about design, technology, features, and more
- Plan your app and its development based on businesses goals and customer needs
- Enable better risk management
- Improve efficiency and speed
- Stay up-to-date with the latest trends
- Provide ongoing support and maintenance
Your dedicated cross-functional team will work exclusively on your project and report directly to you, much like an in-house team would. The biggest difference compared to an in-house team is that they will be working remotely, but not necessarily, as, for example, at RebelDot, we often like to bring to our headquarters all the developers we’re collaborating with, including the engineers already part of our clients’ teams. They effectively act as your employees without the administrative duties that come with hiring an in-house team.
While you could look to put together a team of outsourced developers, that route is often detrimental to the development process. You’re unlikely to find a team with the exact skills you need, and these outsourced developers may not have the same level of commitment you’re looking for. However, by collaborating with a bespoke team of product specialists who also act as consultants throughout the end-to-end development process, you can easily ensure that your digital product is built by a team of experts with the right skills, who are fully committed to your success.
One of the main benefits of collaborating with a full-product development company is that they will create a bespoke cross-functional team for your project, handpicked to match your project’s needs. The Delivery Managers’ experience allows them to quickly identify the team’s skills and how to combine them effectively, ensuring your project is in good hands from day one. This saves you time and resources as you don’t have to go through the process of finding, hiring, and managing individual freelancers who may not have the level of commitment needed for your project’s success.
App development consultancy benefits
Avoid hiring in-house
As your business scales, the projects you work on usually become more complex. This means you have to increase the number of people working on each project. That involves a long, expensive hiring process that may not leave you with the perfect candidate for the project.
Meanwhile, a software development company will act as a CTO (CTO as a Service, in fact) and will designate for you a full team of experienced developers, including:
- Frontend and backend developers
- UX/UI designers
- DevOps engineers
- QA specialists
- Product and project managers
Full-product development companies can also quickly and easily fill expertise gaps in your current development team to ensure you build products packed with value. Such collaborations do not only benefit the large companies looking to accelerate digitalization processes or augment their already existing development teams for granular projects, but also work for startups and SMBs that may not have the time or budget to run a full-scale hiring process and are looking to build a digital product from scratch.
Gain new perspective
But establishing a technology partnership with an end-to-end product development company isn’t just about hiring a team to do the development legwork. Sometimes it’s simply about gaining knowledge and guidance, through fostering a culture of transparency, open feedback and proactivity. Close consultancy can bring fresh eyes and a different perspective to your project. They can bring a higher level of experience to the table and help you improve your product and your team.
Get expert help
It’s also a great option for businesses that don’t have lots of app development experience. Companies without this experience may not know what to look for when they’re hiring in-house developers. This might mean you hire the wrong person for the job and waste time and money. Development consultancy allows businesses to work with the best people with the right skills for the task at hand.
Almost any business can create brilliant digital products by using this approach to app development. Best of all, it offers a cost-effective way of creating these products in less time than you would expect to see with an in-house team.
You can hire a team of expert developers without the stress associated with the traditional hiring process. Partnering with a dedicated development team also guarantees that you’re going to hire developers that are truly committed to your project. Outsourcing your work to freelance developers may mean your project may not be a priority, since they often have multiple projects in progress at one time. Trusting a full-product development company means the developers you hire are focused solely on your project which will be seen from day 1 in varied forms such as initiative, autonomy, ownership and even a never-ending willingness to learn, take on challenges and work collaboratively to deliver the best possible experience to your users.
Bring your ideas to life with RebelDot
End-to-end app development has so many benefits for businesses looking to improve their digital product offering. That’s why at RebelDot, we’ve put together an incredible team of experts ready to offer guidance on product strategy, product design, app development, and much more.
Whether you’re looking to augment your existing in-house team or you’re looking for a full team to create a digital product that enhances your brand, RebelDot is here to help. Over the past decade, we have perfected our end-to-end product development process to cover the entire life cycle of a product.
Get in touch today to get started on your journey to better digital products!