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

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Setting expectations for a team transition, continued

One of the most important steps a company can make to ensure that transition is to define a service level agreement (SLA) to effectively delegate issues, responsibilities and expectations for work. This allows for clear designation on how to escalate and solve issues.

With set specifications for how many missed milestones and errors occur, it is easier to identify when to fire a development team. Those same specifications can then be applied to the incoming team.

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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