Why should you hire experienced specialists and what are the benefits to hire junior developers?

Why should you hire experienced specialists and what are the benefits to hire junior developers?

Oleksii Sannikov

There are a very frequent job publications on freelance web-services, like this:

_“This should be a pretty straightforward Xamarin interface and we have a half-built prototype to show the basic concept. Looking for a senior-level full-stack Xamarin developer who is quick at turning out quality concepts to come in and "rockstar" this one to completion in a few weeks.”_

When I am reading such job publications, I’m curious: “Why are such applications half built and need a completion? And where’s previous team got to?” Another thing, that makes me think is “Looking for a senior-level full-stack Xamarin developer”.

According to my observation skills in multiple work situations, combined with my experience of picking up “Almost done” Projects, I can tell you what’s happening in reality.

The investor, who have an idea, decided to create a concept for a reasonable price and verify its viability. As we are talking about the concept, then an investor had no thought of hiring qualified specialist. That is why, on the freelancer’s web-service among all candidates was chosen developer, who assure that he will create a product prototype for a low price. 

After that, when developer failed to meet a deadline or during the project it turned out that the performed work does not meet the investor's expectations ( or it moves slowly). Conflict. Cancellation of further cooperation with developer. The project is stopped. Looking for someone, who will complete the project. 

The described situation is made worse for investor by the fact, that developers usually avoid projects where needs to work with someone else’s code. Because, there is no information previously: Who wrote the code? How? Is the code well documented and described?

And what will happen next? Then an investor will find another one of the same developer. Perhaps, new developer will be more experienced and force this prototype functioning. But also it is quite possible that the prototype should be rewritten in a large part, because the first developer has made some kind of architectural error. 

As consequence is likely following:

 * Material delay of prototype development

 * The prototype does not meet the investor's expectations

 * Sacrifice part of functionality to deployment

 * Prototype budget overrun, because of code rewriting.

That is why my main advice is not to cut you spending on qualified specialists, even if it's a small project. Usually, the prototype is a base for future development, so it is very important at this stage, to built the right architecture, which will allow you to scale and develop your project in future.

Apart from this I should mention the importance of developer’s experience in a specific field.  If he was dealing with software system in the same field - he could be an additional source of insights and best practice in the field.

The next question is “Why do we need  junior level specialist?”

All of us started from something, it's clear that the Seniors do not appear from the air, so there are exist different approaches, where junior developers can level up their skills and knowledge. 

It is a common practice to involve juniors in large companies, which have separate development programs for juniors, where they can create a code by task and under the supervision of more experienced developers. Their work is carefully checked, all their mistakes are handled and corrected. Through some time, such a person becomes an independent specialist, and there is no need to worry about his or her independent development. 

So, for the best results - hire the best candidates, as far as you have enough budget. Contact us and we will make sure that your developer has the right level and qualifications for your project!