TL; DR: Hiring and managing expert developers to build outstanding online products isn’t always easy. DevTeam.Space is on a mission to eliminate common pain points through its vetted community of dev teams and engineers, trained to follow an AI-powered agile methodology. Through transparency, open lines of communication, and flexible arrangements, DevTeam.Space helps businesses to hire and effortlessly manage expert developers.
The freelance developer marketplaces sprouting up left and right in an increasingly remote workforce provide ample opportunity to unearth talent for small online projects.
But try to Frankenstein together an entire development team from such resources — think front and back-end developers, DevOps specialists, QA engineers, designers, and project managers — and the results may well be frightening.
“No matter how many tracking mechanisms you have, you can’t just gather a team of random freelancers and expect them to build complex online products,” said Alexey Semeney, Founder and CEO of DevTeam.Space. “Businesses today require a range of expert-level talent throughout each phase of the software product development life cycle.”
Recognizing that hiring and managing talent for application and website-building projects can be a complicated process, DevTeam.Space has built a community of vetted expert development teams backed by AI-powered agile project management tools. Since the company’s inception, these teams have helped thousands of startups and established businesses address a range of tech challenges.
Unlike traditional freelance marketplaces, DevTeam.Space vets all talent prior to acceptance, assesses individual and team performance throughout the project development lifecycle, and provides ongoing training opportunities. The company allows access to specific talent by pairing each business with expert teams based on product type or tech stack, ensuring a smooth and efficient development process.
Moreover, its turnkey service is entirely customizable, allowing businesses to hand over as much or as little of the process as desired. But it’s particularly well-suited for companies looking for a reliable long-term product development partner to help with business automation, online product scaling, and security enhancement, among website-building and other software development services.
Vetted, Highly Specialized Development Teams
Alexey told us he founded DevTeam.Space in 2015 after extensive market research revealed an opportunity to raise the bar.
“I started to look into companies like Upwork and Toptal, which use contingency-based hiring models and are focused on freelance talent,” he said. “These platforms feature gigantic pools of freelance developers who may already have steady jobs and are just looking for some part-time side work. They’re great entry points into the world of online freelancers, but when it comes to the product development process, they don’t get you far.”
According to Alexey, for long-term software development projects, developers account for only 20% of a project’s success, while streamlined teamwork and an effective project management process make up the remainder.
“Unless you have experience as a project manager or product owner, the chances of falling victim to serious mistakes that could cost you your entire project or even your business are considerably high,” he said. “The times have changed — we now interact with online products via multiple realms, such as mobile phones, laptops, desktops, virtual reality headsets, and smart devices. In the future, online products will be even more complex than they are now and we will have even more mediums to interact with.”
Gone are the days where a company can hire one full-stack developer to tackle its online projects. Alexey said that startups, SMBs, and enterprises all need specialized development teams and experienced project management. To satisfy that level of support, each DevTeam.Space development teams consists of 10 to 50 developers with specific expertise within a particular technology stack or application type.
“To give an example, we have several development teams who build only mobile applications; they do nothing else but kill it on the mobile app layer,” Alexey said. “Same goes with other technology stacks. One of our development teams has 40 Node.js developers. As you can imagine, they know all sorts of intricate details within this particular technology stack that the majority of generic software agencies or individual contractors do not. This way, our clients can hire expert developers of any specialty under one roof.”
Agile, Long-Term Partners in AI-Powered Agile Product Development
Since its inception, companies like Airbus, Carvana, NEC, and Samsung have leveraged DevTeamSpace’s application and website-building expertise and its unique development techniques to build innovative online products.
The process begins with a stringent developer vetting process, including a review of the teams’ overall skills, code quality, performance, experience, and project management chops. The next step after this initial clearance is an in-depth video interview designed to gauge communication skills and project-related knowledge.
After passing the interview, the DevTeam.Space training staff familiarizes its new teams with its unique AI-powered agile process and tools and assigns a test project. Teams cannot work on a real client product until successfully passing this stage and signing legal documentation. From there, ongoing performance evaluations are used to ensure long-term quality.
“We found that the majority of the development teams, even the most talented, lack the product development process expertise due a relatively low number of projects they work on at any given moment (at DevTeam.Space, we interact with over 100 businesses on a weekly basis), and that’s why we train them on our unique AI-driven development process,” Alexey said.
The process, which consists of proprietary tools and specific guidelines, splits product development into weekly software development cycles and payments, streamlines communication, tracks developer performance, distributes updates, and helps identify roadblocks.
“We put a lot of effort into creating an ideal project development environment with high levels of transparency that integrates within an organization’s larger processes quite easily,” Alexey said.
Ensuring Transparency and Open Lines of Communication
DevTeam.Space’s work-for-hire master agreement, which includes weekly design sprints, empowers clients to achieve impressive results with little to no risk.
The company gives clients an opportunity to discuss completed tasks and review the upcoming sprint on the final day of each weekly sprint. This cycle is repeated throughout the project, making it easy to scale and alter plans along the way for maximum return on investment. (As an added safety net, clients can also get in touch with all of the experts they hired on a daily basis via Slack and Zoom calls)
“Before starting, we give you what we call a project roll-out, which is a 10,000-foot view of the project, its phases, and a ballpark price estimation for each phase,” Alexey said. “But the development follows an agile methodology with weekly software development cycles (weekly sprints). So you, as a product owner, know that you’re going to be paying only for the list of tasks you approved for the weekly sprint.”
Under the guidance of a dedicated tech account manager, clients receive the best of both worlds, planning-wise.
“You have an estimate for each particular phase of the product and also the entire project timeline, yet we still move in weekly sprints, so you can implement adjustments and add or subtract whatever features you need,” Alexey said. “This cycle repeats until we have your project finished. And some of our clients end up working with us this way for years.”
The team sends out bite-sized updates every day for clients regardless of how much of the project management workload they have decided to take on board (some clients prefer to be at the core of project management while others prefer a hands-off approach). Ultimately, these steps ensure DevTeam.Space follows the fundamental principles of agile software development — transparency and communication — at each phase of the development life cycle.
Alexey said the AI-powered process has proven itself effective in enabling businesses to effortlessly manage expert developers over the years.
“It’s almost guaranteed that if you work with us, according to the process that has been proven effective on more than 150 projects over the past four years, you’ll have a successfully running online product or an app,” he said. “Then, you can just focus on your sales and marketing activities while we take care of your product development and support.”
Flexible Arrangements Based on Customer Needs
While approximately 80% of DevTeam.Space customers leverage the company’s comprehensive software development for their app and website-building projects, some choose to rely on their own established development processes. Even without the company’s time-tested system, these clients benefit from the ability to hire vetted exert developers with access to the platform’s extensive development expertise.
Unlike traditional marketplaces for dev talent, DevTeam.Space boasts senior-level talent with specific expertise in blockchain, AI, mobile development, website building, and data engineering.
“Even if you’re not seeking to use a full scope of our agile process, we provide an opportunity to hire and manage our professional outsourcing developers on your own,” Alexey said. “It’s just a different type of request. Of course, if you need help running the entire product development operation, that’s where our processes come in handy.”
For more information, visit https://devteam.space.