Simple Way to Evaluate a Developer

We often see our developers do pet projects besides the job to learn & to develop problem-solving skills...
Simple way to evaluate a developer



Trust me, I know your pain whether you are a startup or an enterprise that is looking for a new developer or team to outsource the development works. Resumes to you will start looking more or less the same since the basics match. And often, it ends with a similar tech stack working experience or the same kind of application development experience with which you can mostly rely upon.

See, there is no right or wrong approach since I won’t be able to give you any stats but what I can do is to share with you what approach has worked for us.

In Brain Station 23 what I’ve experienced that we get most of our customers who want more from us. Rather than hiring professionals they are looking for a long-term partnership for developments & looking for developers who are craving challenges, new knowledge & for whom programming is not bread & butter but more like a passion or calling.

And we always want to start small with a smaller portion from the big vision. One step at a time. And we are more onto winning our client/partners so that with them we can grow & go far.

This small approach is often translated as MVP project or Pet project.

Now, Why starting MVP or pet projects are important? let me tell you why-


Number 1

You get the idea about the developer or the team and the company overall which will help you think about the next big things you want to try out with them.

Related case

It happens with Brain Station multiple times that companies were looking for single resources to try out outsourcing. And sometimes companies want to try a new IT vendor too. Therefore, if they get the chance to try out the water before the full swim, the MVP or pet projects help them to build confidence.

It happened that one of our USA clients was looking for one resource for the new era fintech app they were developing. And they hire us & one of our developers, they started small by hiring one of our resources and the team got extended with a 30 people team & went for 4 years straight.

And this is just one of the cases.

Number 2

In the case of pet projects, the companies which encourage developers to do pet projects besides their work have a culture of innovation & most often they evolve by adopting the latest technologies.

Related case

4 years back we got an interesting outsourcing project for which our client was looking for React Developers. Since in 2016, React was pretty new as a technology and the framework was released on March 26, 2015; 5 years ago. Having a culture of multi-skilled resources, we saw a few of our mobile app developers already adopted the technology. Hence when the project required 2 React developers we could easily serve the customer.

Thanks to our culture towards working with MVPs and Pet Projects for learning new technologies and languages, obtaining new skills.

Number 3

It is not unknown to anyone that personal interests are the best motivator. And pet projects or working for MVPs often helps developers to develop great problem-solving skills.

Related Case

We often see our developers do pet projects besides the job to learn & to develop problem-solving skills. And I’ve seen different teams often come up with different project ideas. I.e. I’ve seen our ML team came up with an eKYC product solution from their practice of doing extra for learning. And in Brain Station, this amazing culture of learning & doing pet projects have been consistent.

Besides, the proper way of doing things as per company policies & regulations pet projects encourage developers to seek new and creative ways of solving problems.


So, we can easily evaluate a company’s culture & its developers’ strength & capability by the interesting projects they have worked with. Do make sure you look out for diversity in the work & you can see few good pet projects or MVPs in the developers’ basket. Cause that’s the clear indication of their passion for development & solving problems.
Out of the 350+ developers, we accommodate in Brain Station, around 70% of our developers have at least one brainchild they spend their free time with. Though this is not the main criteria by which we recruit our devs, yet it helps us paint a better portrait of a person we’re hiring.

That being the case, I can assure you to test our devs whom you’d find fantastic!

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Farzana Afrin Tisha (Business Development Manager- Outsourcing Business Focus)


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