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How Do You Assemble A Good Web Development Team? Attributes To Look For

11/24/2022 09:25:27 +0000
If you're in a hiring position and are looking to assemble the perfect web development team, there are some important things you need to consider.
 

A web development team comprises several individual roles, each of which requires a different set of skills and qualifications.

However, there are some general attributes that each member of your web development team should have in order to ensure success.
 

Here's everything you need to think about when assembling a web development team.

If you bear all of the points in this article in mind during the hiring process, you should end up with a great team!

Roles In A Web Development Team
There are various roles within a web development team, and each one is integral to the functioning and performance of the team as a whole.
 

Here are the different roles you'll be hiring for when assembling a web development team, and what you should be looking for from each one.

Team Leader (Project Manager)
Of course, it goes without saying that the first step of putting together a team is appointing a leader.
 
In the context of web development, you'll refer to your team leader as the Project Manager.
 

The Project Manager is a crucial role, so don't take this hiring decision lightly.

Your Project Manager will be responsible for liaising with your client and human resources, putting together a timeline for the project, allocating tasks, and generally ensuring that the team is working well on schedule to complete the project.

Not all of the roles on your web development team will involve a lot of personal interaction, but the Project Manager role is almost entirely composed of these interactions.

Therefore, you'll need to hire someone who is personable and a great communicator in addition to being organized and driven

Web Architect
While the Project Manager will be communicating directly with the client, another team member who may do this is the Web Architect.
 

Basically, your Web Architect will be responsible for figuring out exactly what kind of web app you'll be developing.

This usually involves discussing the finer details with the client to ensure that the completed web app meets all the customer's needs in terms of business and marketing.

It's often the case that a Web Architect will be employed on a part-time basis, but they'll still need to remain contactable so that they can oversee data exchange (both front-end and back-end) as well as web integration at a later stage of the process.

Your Web Architect will need to be knowledgeable about web architecture, of course.

However, they will also need to be a skilled communicator and have good leadership skills because they'll be in charge of overseeing work done by other members of the team.

User Experience Designer
You'll be hiring one or several User Experience or User Interface (UX/UI) designers to carry out research into the demographic your app is being targeted at in order to create the best possible user interface
 

This is an extremely important part of the process because the needs of the client are only one part of the equation.

If you want your app to be a success, it needs to tick all the boxes the users will expect from it.

Designing an app from the perspective of user experience is a laborious process because it usually involves multiple attempts at remaking interfaces.

Therefore, you will need to hire driven and determined designers for this role who will persevere in the face of frustration.

Other skills your User Experience Designers should have include the ability to see things from other perspectives and an analytical mindset.

Graphic design skills are, of course, a must.

Front-End Developers
There are two main kinds of developers you'll need on your web development team, and the first are Front-End Developers.
 

Front-End Developers work closely with the User Experience Designers to turn the designs for the user interface (currently in the form of static images) into a functional app using code.

Your Front-End Developers will need to have solid programming skills, including the ability to work with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS. Experience with different frameworks and front-end libraries is also important, as is the ability to follow a brief.

Back-End Developers
Back-End Developers are just as important as Front-End Developers.
 
Instead of working on the user interface, they deal with setting up the server.
 
Basically, they use programming skills to ensure that the web app or website is totally secure and functional.
 

Back-End Developers may also take on the Database Developer role since that's included in the server category of web development.

The individuals you hire to be Back-End Developers for your team will need to be proficient in Python, PHP, Java, Ruby on the Rails, or .NET (ideally, a combination of the above).

That includes the frameworks and tools involved in these programming languages.

Skills And Attributes To Look For
As you can see, the skill sets needed for the individual roles within your web development team are different.
 
However, there are some attributes you should look for in every member of your web development team regardless of their role.
 

We recommend prioritizing the following traits in your web development team members:

Technical Knowledge
While your web development team members might specialize in different areas of information technology depending on their role, every member of your team should have a good level of technical knowledge.
 

This includes the Project Manager.

While the Project Manager might not be coding all day like the Front-End Developers, they still need to have a good grasp of the work being done so that they can set realistic deadlines and relate to their team members.

Communication Skills
If all of the individuals you hire to work on your web development project are going to work cohesively as a team, they need to be able to communicate effectively and professionally with one another.
 

Being able to relay important information such as what progress is being made, and being able to understand one another is crucial in web development.

Additionally, the Project Manager and Web Architect need to be able to communicate well with the client.

Good Organization
Organization and time management are of the utmost importance if you want your app or website to get off the ground smoothly.
 

Team members must be able to keep track of tasks assigned to them and work to tight deadlines to make sure all the pieces of your app come together in a timely manner.

Creative Vision
Although many aspects of web development are technical, there's also a huge element of creativity involved.
 

That applies to the developers as well as the User Experience Designer and Web Architect because creativity in code and programming helps to give an app more flair.

All team members should be able to grasp the client's and the UX Designer's creative vision and carry it forward through their own creative skills.

Final Thoughts
When putting together a web development team, you'll need to hire a Project Manager, a User Experience Designer, a Web Architect, and both Front-End and Back-End Developers.
 

All team members need to have technical knowledge and experience, creative ability, excellent organizational and time-management skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

About the Host
Sophie Howard is the founder of Aspiring Entrepreneurs, a community designed to help people develop the skills and confidence to build a business and a life that serves them. Sophie began online in 2013 with an Amazon firm, which she sold for more than $1 million in 2015.

Sophie has lectured on stages all around the world, encouraging and teaching other ambitious entrepreneurs. She has established instructional programs educating thousands of students how to sell online, in addition to releasing over 1000 products.

Sophie has also written a book titled "Aspiring Entrepreneurs: A Guide to Finding Your Best Path to Financial Freedom."
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