In order for a startup to work on an MVP, it must have a founder who understands the technology (Steve Blank – Why Founders Should Know How to Code?), and a team to jump-start and build the project as an active partner.
Good developers and teams are not easy to find. Some startups resort to hiring freelancers, with websites like Elance.
However, hiring freelancers and having them work as a team are two entirely different things. Before a team starts performing, a team goes through forming, norming and storming phases which can be too time-consuming and therefore costly for a lean startup.
In order to shape this group of individuals into a self-organizing team, you need to hire a senior person which further increases costs.
Even if all this goes well, there is no guarantee that the new team will perform as required. As a founder with a relatively low budget, you need a team to produce guaranteed results quickly. This can only be achieved by an already established team, not by relatively new team members.
The developer world is evolving and coming up with solutions for these problems.
For example, StarterSquad is wholly geared to supporting new startups with already performing teams. They recently built a platform called Capacitor, where founders can hire already performing teams (development, devops, architects, designers, growth-hacking, marketing etc.) to meet their specific needs.
Startup founders can register on Capacitor and look for the right team for their idea. Teams are hired based on the work involved, and not based on the cost of individual developers in a team.
This arrangement helps founders in following ways:
- Hiring a fully developed and performing team means productivity begins from day one.
- Teams can be hired on weekly basis, minimizing the risk for a new founder in an unprecedented way.
- Teams work in weekly cycles, and provide weekly demos of results.
- Founders have the ability to book partial capacity from a team, allowing a low-budget idea access to an experienced team of experts. In this way multiple clients utilize the team, ensuring team continuity and supporting the very nature of lean startups.
How does Capacitor handle developer and team quality?
Capacitor teams maintain their quality through self-review and customer feedback.
Fully established members can invite a new developer to a team for a trial period. After the trial period, members vote on whether to accept the developer to the team. The developer is accepted only if the rating is higher than the average.
Capacitor teams manage the risk of forming and grooming teams, relieving the startup founder of this burden entirely. Successful teams support successful startups, resulting in a win-win situation in this exciting “Startup Revolution”.