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What you should know while hiring your Web Development team? - Part 1

A Web Development team is like an Orchestra, until the perfect performance of every member of the team is ensured, the concert will not get a life. It is essential to be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the individual members as well as the development process itself to be in a position to initiate your hiring process of a team.

Let’s discuss about the different roles, skill sets and talents that, when brought together, create a primary basis for a good web development team.

Your web development team need to fit your project's objectives and consist of specialists with diverse skills and knowledge. Every company may have its own spectrum of services and the number of web development team members can vary. Your web development requirements and your budget are two basic factors that decides the size and skill of your team.

Generally a typical web development team may have the following members:

  • Requirement Analyst

  • Project Manager

  • Project Architect

  • UI/UX Designer

  • Graphic and Motion Designer

  • Web Developer

  • QA Engineer

At the same time, it has non-technical specialists who can help meet specific marketing requirements:

  • SEO Specialist

  • Marketing Strategist

Let's dive deeper into web development team roles and responsibilities in detail.

Requirement Analyst

The basic task of this specialist is to learn your vision of the project, analyze it, and translate into comprehensive technical specifications. From there, these specifications will be used by the web development team to set time frames and get ready for the project.

In brief, the requirement analyst prepares ground for the product development.

Project Manager

A Project Manager is like a conductor of your web development orchestra team. His/her first duty is getting acquainted with the technical specifications and the handover date. Based on this information, the project plan is drawn up and divided into stages also known as sprints (set functionality for a set period of time).

Then, the Project Manager monitors the whole product development process to ensure each sprint is running as per schedule. When the sprint is complete, the Project Manager showcases you the product demo to get your feedback and approval to continue. If you are dissatisfied with anything, he/she asks web development team to fix the issue.

Besides, the project manager is in constant touch with you. So, if you have a question or want to make some changes to the project -- he/she is the person you should address.

Project Architect

There are various web app types and their architecture. Considering this diversity, it’s obvious that each web project should be addressed individually from the initial developmental stages. A person who draws the line and defines the kind of a web app that is going to be developed is a Project Architect.

A Project Architect can engage in the discussion with a customer. Based on the information they receive, they can decide on the architecture most suitable for the customer’s business needs. After approving the architecture, the architect’s involvement is limited to deciding everything regarding frontend-backend-database data exchange and later – web app integration.

UI/UX designer

The design is the backbone which sets the direction for the whole project. You will come across at least two of its numerous types -- user interface(UI) and user experience(UX) design. As a rule, web development teams comprise one designer who takes over both these roles.

At first, a UI/UX designer analyzes the project requirements along with its target audience to assess the total scenario. This approach lets him/her identify the problems users generally face and effectively solve them through design. Keeping this in focus, the designer creates a wireframe which is a schematic placement of elements on the website.

Occasionally, the designer resorts to user stories which help to stay focused and keep in mind the project's objectives all the time. Briefly, a user story describes what a user expects to accomplish by using one or another digital product. Such stories are written using Gherkin language and it takes a lot of them to cover different use cases.

That's where the user experience(UI) design involvement ends up and the designer can shift to the interface design.

As UX is all about research and structure, UI stands for visual appearance. Color schemes, fonts, icons etc. To be precise, the designer develops a prototype (final look of your website) based on the UX stage and tests its usability. The prototype can be either interactive or static.

Apart from the specialists mentioned above, you may also require a Graphic and Motion Designer in your web development team. These specialists work on the visual concept of the project (custom illustrations, fonts, logos) and take care of animations.

Designers generally use the following tools:

  • Sketch

  • InVision

  • Illustrator

  • Sympli

  • Zeplin

Stay Tuned for Part 2 in our next week's publication

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