Marshall Worster on December 30, 2015
The one question that I get asked without fail from every prospective, new, or existing client is: how do I staff this project? Most organizations with existing IT and development teams usually have an idea of the individuals they want to participate in any given project, but there are several key questions to ask before kicking things off.
The Mendix Platform has seen great success with individuals from varied backgrounds and skillsets. However, certain attributes of prospective Mendix developers always shine through, which are a great starting point for finding the right talent for your team:
This is always subjective to the prospective project, existing team size, and realistic staffing models. If there are several projects in mind, these factors will help you pinpoint the initial team to be trained:
We encourage that all project participants become Mendix Rapid Developers, by taking the Mendix Introduction Course and passing the certification exam. Those team members that excel and continue to improve should take the Mendix Advanced Course and Mendix Advanced Developer certification exam. As this course and test are much more difficult, we look to tailor it to move quickly and cover a lot of material. Outside of these courses and certifications, Mendix also offers a series of workshops to improve team skills in:
I strongly recommend that Mendix plays a part of the initial project or two to put solution architecture in place, co-develop with the newly trained team, and even help project manage the project delivery if the team is new to Agile methodologies. The amount of assistance from the Mendix team always varies, but with a strong team of varied backgrounds, there is always a good fit for the project at hand. Mendix Expert Services have deep knowledge of not only the Mendix Platform, but also areas such as integration, java development, UI/UX, system administration, and project management.
As all organizations have to find the right balance to deliver new software projects, this is something that Mendix is able to assist in several ways:
All of the above questions play heavily into the kick-off and ultimate success of a project. As you embark on developing with Mendix and building out an internal competency, use these questions to help align initiatives with the right team and strategy for execution.
For more insight, check out this post from Mendix co-founder Roald Kruit on how to organize your first Mendix team.
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