5 Tips for Working with a Consultancy Firm

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A Good Fit

Make sure it's a good fit.

A selective, thorough approach to hiring a team will result in exponential benefits for both product development and overall team morale. Keep in mind that a close, trusting relationship between a company and a consultancy firm will result in the greatest success. Consider how the consulting company's culture will work with your own and, if possible, speak with people who will actually be on the team to see if they're a fit. Ask the consulting company how they've approached past projects that are similar to your own to give you an idea of the working relationship.

Think as granularly about the project as possible so you aren't surprised by anything down the road. Do you need a very hands-on team? Can your working structure or schedule be flexible? What development methodologies are a must-have? While it may take a little more time and effort, making sure you're selecting the right firm from the start will result in a smoother ramp-up and integration process.

Both new and established companies face many challenges when it comes to getting their technology right. A company's team is its lifeblood, and selecting the right people to help execute the vision and accomplish business goals is crucial.

Many companies today are hiring outside experts to get a different perspective, extra horsepower, and unbiased specialized expertise across multiple functions. In fact, more than twice as many U.S. tech companies today are turning to outside consultants to help support their tech needs than in 2013, according to BDO's 2015 Technology Outlook Survey.

Consultancy firms can help with everything from one-off projects for companies that don't have enough time to pull together a team, to long-term projects that require a team with deep experience in an emerging or cutting-edge technology. Hiring a consultancy group can benefit early-stage companies by enabling them to focus on their business and products first, instead of on recruiting software developers. Established companies can benefit from a highly skilled and business-oriented external team that is ready for fast-paced product development and able to quickly adopt the company's methodology, infrastructure and process.

Selecting the perfect consultancy firm may seem daunting at first. In this slideshow, Theo Nissim, CEO at Gemini Solutions, has identified five tips to keep in mind when choosing and working with a consultancy company.


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