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How to Set Up a .NET Product Development Team How to Set Up a .NET Product Development Team

How to Set Up a .NET Product Development Team

Feb 27, 2024

17 mins read

Dell, GoDaddy, StackOverflow, Xero, and, surely, Microsoft, these are just a few examples of top-tier companies that have built their websites and products with .NET. This framework is currently one of the most popular software development technologies with more than 100,000 contributions from developers from over 3,700 independent companies. .NET is a one-stop back-end solution for most software development projects. No wonder that it tops Statista’s list of the most used frameworks and libraries, with 25.29% of developers working with the latest versions of .NET. Given the fact that developers are focused on solutions that bring the most value to their customers, these numbers  talk business.

There are many factors to consider while setting up a .NET development project, including the cost of development, development speed, smooth integration of all tools, services, and features within your solution, security concerns, and the potential for developing your solution in the long run. An experienced .NET software development team will help you cope with all these questions and concerns, but how can you select and build one?

Read this article to get a step-by-step guide to building a .NET product development team

Composition of a Team for .NET Product Development

To start off, let’s take a closer look at how a team working on a .NET-based product is structured. The composition for such a team, typically, includes .NET developers, front-end developers, QA specialists, a solutions architect, DevOps engineers, UI/UX designers, a business analyst, and a project manager. In case you want to cover mobile platforms, the team will include native or cross-platform mobile developers. Let’s dive deeper into the most common roles on a .NET development project.

.NET developers

.NET developers are essential for any project aimed at building a .NET-based product. These specialists are responsible for the app’s back end. Depending on the type of the product you need, you may require .NET developers with different experiences and specializations:

  • For web development projects, you will need specialists skilled in different parts of ASP.NET MVC (ASP.NET WebAPI, ASP.NET MVC Core, Blazor, Razor)

  • For building cross-platform solutions running across different mobile devices and operating systems, .NET MAUI (Xamarin) developers will be a perfect fit

  • If you are aiming to build a desktop application, we suggest outsourcing .NET development to specialists experienced with WPF (Windows Forms) or .NET MAUI

Depending on the complexity and scale of your project, you may need .NET developers of different seniority levels. The higher the seniority of the .NET developer, the more complex and fundamental tasks he or she can handle. The table below illustrates the major parameters pertaining to each seniority level. 

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Front-end developers

.NET is a perfect option for building software back end. However, to create a complete app, your team should use .NET in combination with the best front-end technologies. A team needs developers skilled in a particular front-end development framework, such as Angular, React.js, or Vue.js, which perfectly match with .NET. Check out our article for a comprehensive comparison of the most popular front-end development technologies

Mobile developers

.NET’s excellent performance and cross-platform capabilities make it a perfect back-end solution for mobile app development. If you want your app to run across various mobile devices, include skilled mobile developers in your team. 

Depending on your target operating system, hire iOS developers skilled in Swift of Objective-C or Android developers experienced in building apps with Java or Kotlin. Or you can opt for a cross-platform solution. The most popular cross-platform development frameworks working as parts of the .NET ecosystem are .NET MAUI, and Xamarin. Besides, .NET runs well with Flutter, but, in this case, there appears a need of hiring a separate Flutter team.

Solutions architect

A solutions architect is a specialist responsible for transforming the project’s business logic into a clear vision of solution architecture, system design, and development roadmap. Some crucial decisions made by a solutions architect include: 

  • Choosing the best fitting tech stack and additional architecture features, such as containerization with Docker

  • Choosing the most fitting software architecture, for example, deciding on whether to go with a microservices architecture, which can be conveniently built with ASP.NET Core and Entity Framework Core, going with a monolith architecture, or choosing a modular monolith architecture that can be split into microservices later if needed, etc.

  • Planning the application of cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure

  • Planning the integrations with third-party services

  • Choosing the best software hosting model

  • Planning the team composition

If you are looking for a solutions architect for a .NET product development project, make sure he or she possesses an excellent knowledge of the .NET ecosystem, knowledge of cloud technologies, such as Azure, AWS, and GCP, experience with architecture design and arch patterns, such as CQRS and EventSourcing, knowledge of various database technologies, such as MongoDB, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, expertise in queuing services, such as NServiceBus and RabbitMQ, and knowledge of the advanced caching technologies, such as Redis and Memcached.

QA specialists

QA specialists ensure that all parts of the solution run smoothly and without any bugs. You may opt for manual or automation QA specialists or both. In any case, the presence of experienced testers is vital for your .NET solution because these specialists will be your safeguard from costly mistakes and application failures. 

DevOps engineers

A full-fledged .NET development team should include DevOps specialists to automate the entire software delivery process, including coding, testing, deployment, and maintenance. DevOps professionals create automation scripts, set up continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) pipelines, manage container orchestration, and follow .NET DevOps architecture best practices to make sure that you receive an app of excellent quality. 

While selecting a DevOps engineer for a .NET-based product development project, make sure that the specialist is knowledgeable with such technologies as Docker, Kubernetes, Helm, GitHub Actions, Ansible or Terraform. Besides, a DevOps for your project should be skilled in using CI/CD automation tools, such as Jenkins, AzureDevOps, and CircleCI.

UI/UX designers

UI/UX designers focus on the overall experience, user satisfaction, and usability of .NET apps. They  can use a wide range of tools from the .NET ecosystem or tools compatible with .NET to deliver excellent user interfaces and ensure convenient user experience. Usually, UI/UX designers research user needs and create wireframes and prototypes of an application. Later, they collaborate with developers who recreate these designs in an app with front-end technologies or tools like ASP.NET Core Blazor or .NET MAUI. 

Business analyst

A business analyst (BA) covers the business side in a .NET product development project. This specialist is responsible for understanding your business logic, analyzing your requirements, researching domain trends and estimating the value they can bring to your project, prioritization and scope management, and facilitating user acceptance testing. A BA should possess profound technological knowledge, excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a deep expertise in researching, assessing, planning and modeling business processes.  

Project manager

A project manager (PM) is responsible for managing and distributing tasks, organizing communication, providing feedback, and solving bottlenecks. A project manager helps you reduce your involvement in operational processes. Such a specialist reduces your involvement in the project, as a PM listens to your requirements, communicates them to the team, manages tasks with corresponding software, such a Jira or Trello, and ensures that all the assignments are completed on time and with special attention to project requirements.

Hiring a .NET Product Development Team: In-house vs. Outsourcing vs. Extended Team

While setting up a team for developing a .NET product, choosing the right cooperation model is vital. Consider your budget, team scalability and flexibility, time to market, potential legal regulations, specific expertise you need, your team’s physical proximity and cultural fit, etc. Based on these requirements, choose between the available cooperation models. Hiring an in-house team, setting up a dedicated outsourced team, or going for a mixed approach with an extended team are the most common ones. Let’s take a closer look at each of these approaches.  

Hiring an in-house team for building a .NET-based solution

In this approach, you directly employ a team of specialists to design, develop, test, deploy, and maintain software applications and systems. An essential feature of an in-house team is that it works within your physical premises or under your direct supervision. The table below outlines the main pros and cons of such an approach. 

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Hiring an outsourced dedicated software development team

Outsourcing the project to a dedicated team can be a good alternative to hiring in-house teams. In this approach, you rely on a complete team provided by an IT outsourcing company. A dedicated team is assembled according to your goals and requirements. The model works well for long-term projects and offers considerable flexibility regarding the scope of work, tasks and development priorities as well as the composition of the development team. Opting for a dedicated team means engaging a cohesive entity that is driven by your goals, follows your guidance, and commits to your objectives even while facing the challenges. The team can work from the same (onshore), a neighboring (nearshore), or a distant (offshore) country.


Hiring an extended software development team

This option implies the combination of an in-house and an outsourced professionals in the team. There may be different variations of team extension. For example, you opt for hiring a few .NET outsourcing specialists to scale your project faster. Or you can follow the model, when you have core specialists in-house and outsource some specific functionality to the domain specialists that work on either full-time or time and material basis.


In conclusion, each approach has its pros and cons and can fit different cases. However, the benefits of hiring a dedicated outsourced team significantly outnumber the disadvantages of such a model, which makes it a very popular choice for many companies. 

A Step-by-Step Guide to .NET Development Outsourcing

Let’s proceed with a practical side. Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you navigate across the major phases and steps of starting a project and setting up a .NET product development team. 

Phase 1: Hiring the team and defining project fundamentals

Define your requirements and project scope

Make sure to understand what you need and why you need a .NET development. Do you want to build a customer-facing application or streamline your processes? Are you into launching a web SaaS platform, a cross-platform solution, or a native mobile app? A basic understanding of your needs helps you clearly outline your requirements. Come up with a vision of a project scope involving core objectives, features and technology stack, product type, deadline, potential integrations, and UI/UX design requirements. 

Define your budget and schedule limitations

Plan your budget long before launching the project. This aspect is also vital for your choice of a software development team. Here are the main factors shaping the cost of a custom software development project: 

  • Software development scope

  • Type of software you want to build (web, mobile, desktop, cross-platform)

  • Software deployment type (cloud vs. on-premises)

  • The need for continuous maintenance and support of your solution

  • Composition of a team that you need

  • Contracting model (dedicated, time and material, or fixed price)

Also, define your schedule limitations. Do you have clear time constraints for the project? Or, perhaps, you have a unique idea that should be delivered to the market as soon as possible? Short project deadlines may increase the cost of development, as your team will need to work in more stressful conditions. Meanwhile, in many cases, short time to market will pay off. 

Select a reliable .NET development company 

Once you have come up with a vision of a project, find the right partner that will help you develop the solution. Ask your network and research various platforms (like Clutch) to find potential .NET development vendors. Then, come up with a shortlist including 2-5 companies that are most suited to your project. 

  • Review the vendor’s .NET expertise and a portfolio of successful projects involving .NET and tools from its ecosystem.

  • Check whether the potential vendor follows the industry standards and has official credentials and certifications (for example, ISO 27001, ISO 9001 certifications, status of Microsoft Partnership etc.).

  • Check the customer feedback and overall company reputation on the popular review platforms (Clutch, Upcity, Goodfirms etc.)

  • Once you have come up with a vision of a project, find the right partner that will help you develop the solution. Ask your network and research various platforms (like Clutch) to find potential .NET development vendors. Then, come up with a shortlist including 2-5 companies that are most suited to your project.

  • Consider the cultural and language fit of your software development team. Some popular IT outsourcing destinations, such as Ukraine, foster a corporate culture oriented on cooperation with customers from the U.S. and Western Europe, notable for high flexibility and excellent knowledge of English, as well as efficient schedule and communication management with regard to various time zones.

  • Review policies and regulations peculiar to the country to which you want to outsource your software development services.

  • Consider the industry expertise of the team with which you would like to cooperate.

Phase 2: Team onboarding and establishing the processes

Onboard the team and facilitate role distribution

Once you have outlined major project requirements and budgeting matters, start onboarding your team. Usually, onboarding extends throughout the entire phase of establishing the processes. Provide the specialists with an overview of the project scope and its most critical factors. 

At this point, much responsibility lies on a solutions architect and a project manager. A solutions architect defines software architecture, solution design, and tech stack and, often, provides a clear project roadmap allowing the team to meet all your requirements. Meanwhile, a project manager distributes roles and responsibilities among team members, sets deadlines for them, and ensures that each specialist has all the required resources. Your collaboration with a project manager helps making this process much smoother, as this allows the team to comprehend your vision better and avoid misunderstandings. 

Prepare all the documentation

Prepare all the documents required for the project needs. Start with legal documents, such as SOW, NDA, MSA. One of the most crucial documents is a statement of work (SOW) that clearly defines team composition and roles, promotion policies, travel expenses, vacation policies, team availability, etc. An NDA (non-disclosure agreement) defines the parts of the project that are confidential and outlines knowledge or information that both you and your vendor can share with one another or external parties for certain purposes. The violation of an NDA can lead to severe legal measures. Finally, a master service agreement (MSA) is another crucial legal document in which both you and your vendor agree to most of the terms that will govern all the future activities and agreements. 

Work-related documentation is also crucial. Make sure to prepare the documents that outline project requirements, workflows, and milestones in detail. Also, define and document software development KPIs for a team. This part will be essential for monitoring and evaluating your team’s performance. 

Select the project management methodology

Different projects require different project management methodologies. The most common approach to managing a .NET development project is agile, which is based on iterations. 

While you can delegate the choice of a project management methodology to your dedicated team, you still need to approve the project management approach because this decision defines your involvement and many other critical project features. 

Create a clear communication strategy

Define the flow and frequency of meetings with your .NET product development team, schedule some regular meetings (for example, planning, demo etc.). You should understand the frequency of releases, define clear auditing policies, communicate with a project manager or, if needed, team members on scheduled meetings. Apart from meetings, define the communication channels. 

Depending on your corporate toolset, you can communicate with your team in either Google Workspace, Microsoft Teams, or any other solution. Other popular solutions for professional communication are Slack, primarily used for convenient chatting, and Zoom, a popular video tool for online meetings. You can add outsourced .NET software developers to your existing corporate infrastructure or create new corporate accounts for the dedicated team. 

Establish task execution tracking

Define a clear approach to managing and tracking tasks. A reliable solution would be creating a board with a task management solution, such as Jira, Trello, or Confluence. All these solutions offer functionality for assigning and re-assigning tasks, setting deadlines, attaching files, and changing task statuses and priorities. As a result, you will constantly be in control of all the assignments that your .NET product development team members receive, even if it goes about outsourcing .NET development. 

Define risk and security management practices

Deal with risks in advance. To achieve excellence in risk management, anticipate possible technical complexities, changes in work scope, and resource allocation issues and plan risk response strategies in advance. Also, pay much attention to security concerns. While .NET ensures excellent security, developers should follow the best security practices to mitigate the threats. In particular, ASP.NET.Core provides a robust set of tools and scripts for mitigating cross-site scripting attacks, SQL injections, and open redirect attacks. 

Phase 3: Continuous improvement

Cooperate with your team

Collaboration with your team is a key to a successful project implementation. Regardless of your level of involvement, provide your team with feedback and fresh input. Constructive feedback is crucial when it comes to performance of your .NET development team and addressing the concerns if you have such.

Why is Leobit a Perfect Fit for .NET Development?

As we have mentioned, finding the right team for developing a .NET-based solution is vital for the success of your project. We have already provided some tips that will help you find the right team for building your .NET-based product. But why go further if you can rely on one of the global leaders in .NET software development services?

Leobit is recognized among the top .NET developer outsourcing companies in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and worldwide according to Clutch. We proudly hold the status of a Microsoft Solution Partner with 78 Microsoft-certified engineers. Moreover, Leobit is ranked among the Top software developers 2023, Top web developers 2023, Top ASP.NET developers 2023, Top Azure companies in Ukraine 2023, and among the Top 1000 B2B service providers according to Clutch. 

Leobit’s expertise and project portfolio includes over 100 .NET, 75 ASP.NET, and 45 Azure projects. Entrust your .NET product development project to Leobit to get a solution built with the industry’s best practices. 


.NET is a strong technology for building almost any web, desktop, or mobile application. The key to success is hiring the right team composed of skilled .NET developers, accompanied by high-class front-end specialists, QA experts, DevOps specialists, mobile developers, a solutions architect, a business analyst, and a project manager. 

Choosing the right cooperation model is also vital. While in-house, dedicated, and extended team models all have their particular strengths and weaknesses, the option of hiring a complete dedicated team for .NET development outsourcing has a very attractive number of benefits.

To help you handle all phases of .NET outsourcing properly, follow our guide to building a .NET product development team. The most vital thing here is finding the right partner. 

Leobit, a renowned .NET development company with exceptional expertise in the domain of .NET development, is ready to tackle all the challenges and provide you with an excellent team for building your .NET-based solution. Contact us, and let’s delve into your requirements, unlocking the complete capabilities of .NET for your project.