A great product isn’t only code — it is a culmination of a lot of things done right, so much so that I feel that it has a luck factor involved in it. You need strong leadership with a team with the right skill set and the right mindset at the right time to make it work. I know that’s a lot of rights, but unfortunately, that’s how it goes.
At SoluteLabs, I’ve worked with a lot of founders/CXOs, personally led a lot of projects, and have seen a lot of products grow. Some flourish, some get users but don’t meet MRR targets while some can’t even afford to pay their hosting charges because of the influx of users. It’s truly humbling to see entrepreneurs push through tough times, but there are times where I would want to tell people to course-correct, and I can’t reach out to them.
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, as a founder — you need to do your homework before you reach out to a vendor such as SoluteLabs. You probably reached out to a vendor instead of building your team because:
Either way, unless you’re a sizable team — chances are that you probably won’t have a lot of roles filled in or will likely have someone donning multiple roles. I won’t lie — we too juggle some roles, but with team size such as ours, we’re very optimized.
Being on this journey for the first time, people make the mistake of building a team with only developers or hiring only developers from an agency. Unless you can take on other roles, or have others on the team, who can take on these roles effectively, look for an agency that can help you with the entire package.
While it’s best to get people who are dedicated to just one project, sometimes the costs won’t allow for the same. In such scenarios, see if you can get someone allocated partially and don’t penny crunch these efforts.
A well thought out product reflects the time and effort put into developing and creating such works. So, the next time you look forward to building a product — be it a side project, MVP or your next big idea — remember to look for other roles in your team.