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

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Coordinating directly with third parties, continued

To avoid any issues associated with parting ways with the development team, companies should establish strong relations with the third parties. Specifically when it comes to hosting services, where the code base is stored directly on their servers, companies must hold the reins.

A worst-case scenario would be parting ways with the development company who maintained the only direct relation with the third party. In such cases, they essentially hold the keys to the car, and can make moving away from that team nearly impossible.

From the outset of a project, companies should designate a 'technical contact' inside the organization, to manage and maintain relations with third parties.

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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