Ok, making a list of Python development companies is easy? The problem is everyone says they are the best, how can you verify it?
First of all, don't focus on costs, as person-hours can be spent in many different ways, and with software development, you want quality as the work of engineers scales. If you want to save money, choose a team from outside of the major global tech hubs in the US or Western Europe. Recently, Central Europe, and especially Poland, is a go-to region, as companies here are still less expensive but deliver world-class quality services.
Some say you shouldn't hire a company from a location where the time difference exceeds 4-6 hours. We don't agree. There are many cases of Polish software development companies working very efficiently with US clients, where the time difference is from 6 to 9 hours. This potential obstacle can work as a catalyst for better planning, conscientiousness, and dutiful execution as each delay can escalate due to the time lag.
When vetting a tech partner, you should pay special attention to:
The communication culture and skills of the people you talk to. Do you understand them and do they understand you? Do you enjoy discussing the potential project with them?
Are they enthusiastic and engaged in the work?
Does the agency have experience in your domain? Have they worked with the technology, on similar products, in a related industry with clients of your size or from your region?
Look for the culture and size match. It's good to think about the agency, which, if it works, often turns to a long-time partnership as an external IT team. Cultural fit is another right angle of looking at it. Are you looking for a group of people that move fast and break things or take their time, plan, and write clean documentation?
Software agencies tend to drift in three directions - tech-oriented, design-oriented, and business-oriented. However, the team you want to hire should have it all. You don't want to split the competition among different teams and companies as it raises the complexity of the project substantially.
You want a tech partner that knows business models, user-centered design, and Python programming language. You want to hire a 360-degree team that excels at:
- designing business solutions
- designing UX and UI and graphic identification
- developing your product
- releasing the application
- maintaining it effortlessly
As actions speak louder than words, you want to learn about the software agency you plan to hire through their work.
Study the software agency portfolio, but also don't hesitate to ask them about projects from your field. Often projects are not published on the website yet, as they are waiting for the green light from the client. However, they can be discussed privately.
Feel free to reach out to the agency's clients and hear the opinion from them directly. Most likely, you'll get an answer. It doesn't cost them much to write you a short e-mail or LinkedIn message and say whether they'd recommend the software development company or not. It works much better than wasting time on reading often anonymous opinions on the forums. However, sites like Clutch are an excellent source of information.
Try out the products they built. Go to the websites, see if you like the design and performance of the applications they have developed.
During the meeting, you have an opportunity to verify if the communication between you and the Python team is smooth. Pay attention to who you talk to. The business developers may be very outgoing, but in the end, you will work with the designers and engineers. Meet them as soon as possible, and make sure you are hiring the people you want.