Key Aspects of Working with Drupal Contractors

June 18, 2021

Managing a Drupal related project can be difficult for those who aren’t experts on the matter or don’t have the correct team to back them up. That’s why most business decide to go with nearshore development teams for this particular task and work with software engineers that are experienced Drupal developers.

As a matter of fact outsourcing these types of projects and looking to work alongside with Drupal developers is probably a really smart choice. That being said, there are some major key aspects you have to keep in mind if you want this to work.

Drupal itself is an extremely flexible and adaptable software that will be a great platform for your business, however, outsourcing and recurring to a Nearshore development and software engineers is a must, and before you sign up a contract with anyone, pay attention to these key factors.

Work with C roles who have been drupal engineers

When carrying on a project that involves working with Drupal you’ll want to work with C roles who have moderate to deep knowledge in the subject, which means you should look forward to working with team leaders and managers who have been software engineers, but specifically, Drupal developers.

Make sure the people with higher ranks that are taking on this project have been software developers specialized in Drupal. It is essential for you to work with engineers who can and know how to handle drupal.

Check in detail how they have built a project with drupal

Drupal is one of the most powerful website builders platforms currently available, however for you to properly use it you have to have a solid plan, which is why checking how the provider has built a project with drupal before is so important.

Ask for any background of their previous projects, take time to evaluate how they addressed the situation and came up with a working plan, the time they took do it, the magnitude of said project and such.

There really isn’t any proper guidelines on how to address a Drupal related project, however, if you like their style and the way the Nearshore development team managed the whole thing, you’ll be in the right path.

Check if there’s a good percentage of their team certified

Expecting to work with a team in which everyone is certified is not realistic, since in most cases you’ll be working with mixed teams. This means some will be certified software engineers and some won’t.

However, making sure than a good percentage of the team is composed by certified engineers will guarantee and overall better workflow, knowledge flow and professionalism.

A good tip is to contrast the amount of people in the team that are certified software engineers and the amount of people that aren’t and make sure one surpass the other.

Remember when doing software outsourcing and nearshore development it is necessary to check that the people who you are working with are capable of taking on such a major project.

Know their internal training process

Knowing how the team leaders prepare other team members to be capable of performing such tasks is super important in this type of software outsourcing. This means you should be interested in knowing the internal process each member has to go through.

Some go for a defined process of software engineer education along with different courses that adapt to the member’s necessities while also offering one to one sessions with the members. It is just so you have a clear idea everyone in the nearshore development team is fully and totally prepared to work accordingly to the expectations they need to meet.

Know their development process

You must know how they will work on the project from the very first moment. As a nearshore development provider and Drupal developers we, as a company, follow a simple yet useful way to develop a project.

It all starts with discovering and discussing the strategy until both parts are happy with the result, moving to the web design, followed by developing the platform itself (along with the mobile aspect of the webpage), deliver the project and finally offer all the necessary support.

Remember to pay special attention to the development part of the process, however this should have been already completely discussed during the first stage of the project.

Check their published drupal models

Make sure the provider has any previous works already published. Keep in mind, uploading a project on Drupal means the provider you’re working with is actually putting a valuable piece of coding into the software itself.

Checking for the provider’s published Drupal models will allow you to get an insight on the model, theme, installation and other very important aspects of the process completely documented.

Managing and working with Drupal requires a prepared, strong and solution oriented nearshore development team who in a majority are Drupal developers to work alongside with you in order to make a project succeed as expected.