A Guide to Switching Development Teams in the Midst of a Project

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Importance of documentation (before and after)

Without adequate documentation, the process of changing development teams during a project grows increasingly complex.

By maintaining accurate documentation leading up to the change, it is that much easier for the new team members to acclimate to the project. Documentation should be central upfront and it must evolve as the project reaches specified benchmarks.

Thorough documentation provides the incoming team with a concise and clear roadmap for what has occurred and what was currently being implemented. If it appears that a relationship with a development partner is going downhill, an effective move would be to have the team focus on creating handover documentation for the incoming team.

As the new team familiarizes themselves with the business and project specifics, companies should also allow time for on-boarding and preparation.

There are countless horror stories of seemingly straightforward $5 million software projects turning into $200 million process disruptions. When projects are stymied and development teams check out, the act of bridging the gap between the initial team's exit and the arrival of the new development team can be complicated.

When starting out with a development project, there are optimistic goals and friendly introductions. But as tickets begin to pile up and communication breakdown sets in, there is a certain undeniable point where companies must part ways with their hired software development team.

To help alleviate the stress of switching teams, Icreon Tech compiled a list of the most important factors that play into a successful transition. By paying attention to documentation, contract formation, third-party relationship, collaboration tools and takeover expectations, businesses can alleviate the pain and loss of resources associated with changing development teams in the middle of a project.

 

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