Everything You Need to Know About Software Development Team Roles

When you are launching a startup, you need to find a reliable crew, and finding the right people to fill software development team roles is never easy. As the excitement of a new idea becomes that challenge of bringing it to life, you may stumble upon a question — whom should you welcome aboard?

To help you assemble your superheroes a.k.a software development team, we’ve decided to break down the roles and responsibilities of key team members the fun way by imagining that you’re looking for a ship crew.

Project Manager: the Captain

The project manager takes the helm of the team, ensures a smooth workflow and reports on it to product owners and customers. It’s a role of great impact and authority. Being in charge of the development process makes project managers ultimately responsible for the product’s success or failure.‍

The project manager is the captain of your crew. They make crucial decisions and keep the team together.

What does a project manager do?

The project manager’s key responsibilities include:

  • Drawing up a development plan by setting up objectives, deadlines and budget

What makes a great project manager?

Here’s a list of traits to look for in a project manager:

  • Flexibility: A project manager isn’t afraid of change, quickly adapts to new circumstances and responds to them most efficiently

How much does it cost to hire a project manager?

In major US markets, an experienced project manager typically earns around $115,000/year. In comparison, in offshore markets such as Belarus an experienced IT project manager typically earns around $20,000/year.

With an offshore team at Satellite, we help you recruit, hire and retain great project managers as part of your offshore team. Learn more about our pricing here.

‍Software Architect: the Cartographer

Software architects find technical solutions to business problems and create a roadmap for the development team to follow. Their time is usually split between architectural design, coding and helping other team members. This is a critical role that can “make or break” a great team, as they’re responsible for both the software architecture and mentoring other staff.

The software architect finds a common ground for technical and business requirements and works closely with the project manager while acting as a leader for developers. This role is a complex one as the person must be innovative, responsible and patient.

What does a software architect do?

Software architects’ key responsibilities typically include:

  • Transforming business requirements into software architecture and design

What makes a great software architect?

Here’s a list of traits to look for in a software architect:

  • Sharp Mind: A software architect is observant, thinks clearly and pays attention to detail

How much does it cost to hire a software architect?

In major US markets, a software architect earns around $180,000/year. In comparison, in Belarus an experienced software architect can earn around $40,000/year.

With an offshore team at Satellite, we help you recruit, hire and retain experienced software architects as part of your offshore team. Learn more about our pricing here.

Software Engineers: the Mates

The software engineer builds software and functions as the heart and soul of the development process. They apply their expert knowledge of engineering and computer science to deliver smart products.

Software engineers form your development team just like mates on a ship. It’s impossible to launch a startup without them.

What does a software engineer do?

Software architects’ key responsibilities typically include:

  • Developing software products according to the requirements provided by the product manager, project manager and software architect

What makes a great software engineer?

Here’s a list of traits to look for in a software engineer:

  • Fast Learner: A software engineer looks for new solutions and is willing to evolve as a developer

How much does it cost to hire a software engineer?

In major US markets, a software engineer earns around $155,000/year and a senior software engineer earns around $160,000. In comparison, in Belarus a software engineer earns around $20,000/year, and a senior one makes an annual income of $40,000.

With an offshore team at Satellite, we help you recruit, hire and retain experienced software engineers as part of your offshore team. Learn more about our pricing here.

Read the full article about the remaining software development team roles in our blog.

Originally published at https://www.satelliteinnovations.io.

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