Hire Shadow Engineers

Software projects are knowledge-intensive undertakings wherein a deep understanding is important to produce meaningful results. Introducing team members with little or no understanding can pose a serious risk to project execution.

Team members have human problems, e.g., they might have to take unplanned leaves for many unavoidable reasons. To ensure our clients’ projects remain unaffected, we depute “shadow engineers”.

Shadow software developers receive regular updates regarding the project and participate in important communication. After 6 months, one core engineer is replaced with a shadow developer. As the shadow engineer becomes part of the core development team, we bring another shadow engineer to replace the deployed one, and the process continues.

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Factors To Consider While Assigning Shadow Developers

The number of shadow programmers assigned per project depends on these 3 major factors. Our recommended ratio, as per standard industry practice, is 2:1, which means two core engineers will have one shadow engineer.

The Project Requirements

The role of project requirements is important when hiring a shadow engineer. The requirements should be realistic that require a shadow engineer to provide meaningful feedback.

The Number Of Core Engineers

The number of core engineers as a factor in hiring a shadow engineer ensures that the company has enough resources and personnel to handle critical projects. If one or more core engineers are unavailable, the shadow engineer would be available to take over their duties.

The Complexity Of The Project

Shadow engineering is often used in cases of high project complexity. As a project becomes more complex, its inherent risks also increase. To help manage these risks, companies will bring on a shadow engineer to work alongside the core team.

Technology Proficiency Of Our Shadow Developers

Our shadow programmers use the latest technologies to develop high-quality software products. Our team can work on any platform and technology.

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Why Do You Need Shadow Developers?

There are a few major reasons to hire Shadow specialists on your team:

Get A Second Set Of Eyes Get A Second Set Of Eyes

Get A Second Set Of Eyes

Having another developer review your code can help catch bugs and potential problems you may have missed.

Speed Up Development Time Speed Up Development Time

Speed Up Development Time

Having another developer working on the project in parallel can help speed up the development process.

To Fill In When Someone Is Unavailable To Fill In When Someone Is Unavailable

To Fill In When Someone Is Unavailable

If someone on the team is out sick or on vacation, having a shadow developer can help ensure that work still gets done.

To Learn New Technologies To Learn New Technologies

To Learn New Technologies

A good shadow developer will be willing and able to learn new technologies quickly and integrate them into the project.

Serve As BackUp Developers Serve As BackUp Developers

Serve As BackUp Developers

They serve as a backup for your main development staff in the event of illness or vacation time.

Help Create Clean Faultless Code Help Create Clean Faultless Code

Help Create Clean Faultless Code

They can also help you test new features and functionality before they're released to the public by making sure that the code is clean and performance is optimum.

Why Hire Shadow Developers From ValueCoders?

Companies hire shadow specialists from us, as we have a track record of satisfactory project delivery for all kinds of projects. We provide dedicated shadow engineers with a proactive software development and strategy approach. Here are some of our core benefits:

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Valuecoders Trustworthy and reliable
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Valuecoders Ongoing internal L&D
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Valuecoders Flexible engagement
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Valuecoders Daily/weekly/monthly
18+ Years in
650+ In-house Software
2000+ Man Years
2500+ Satisfied
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Top Companies Worldwide Trust ValueCoders For Hiring Shadow Developers

ValueCoders has become a leading name in delivering high-quality web app services to businesses globally. You can have a look at some of our prominent clients here. Some of the qualities that make us the best among the rest are:

  • Top Indian software engineers
  • No legal liability. No recruitment expenses
  • Quick team scaling
  • Best-in-class project management
  • Global quality standards
  • Time-zone compatibility

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Steps Of Hiring Shadow Specialists In India

We follow a simple hiring process for shadow development specialists, as mentioned here:

Our resource management team identifies suitable engineers based on project technology and domain identification.

We deploy Shadow engineer(s) for a project, first as a standby option, and later on, we include them in the project as per the need to scale or if a core engineer steps out for any reason. We do this at no additional cost to you and ensure to familiarize our shadow engineers with:

  • Poor Project Management
  • Longer Turnaround For Onboarding
  • Difference In Timezone
  • Nightmarish Coordination
  • Miscommunication Due To Language And Cultural Barriers
  • Delayed Delivery

The project lead/tech manager/developer identifies the modules where the shadow engineer can be aligned.


The project objectives.


The coding standards technologies being used.


The tasks assigned & the status of ongoing tasks.


The milestones targeted, and the delivery schedule.


What is the qualification of a shadow engineer?

We test them on several levels: aptitude test, logical reasoning (technical round), overall communication and presenting skills, and academic strength. They are provided with the right work experience before deploying as shadow engineers.

Why do you offer shadow engineers for hire?

What we can control is ensuring the best work environment for our employees: We have received the award for ‘Great Place to Work’ back to back the second time. That speaks a volume about our employee policies, work-life balance, healthy work environment, and employee engagement practices. Yet, we must acknowledge the real “ground level” issues and address them head-on.

Won't it increase my planned budget?

We deploy the shadow engineers at no additional cost to you. So, don’t worry; you would only pay for the actual number of engineers working on your project.

How do you manage these shadow engineers?

The project lead/manager would keep the shadow engineers in the loop regarding ongoing tasks. It is the project manager’s job to keep the shadow engineers updated and ready.

Won't keeping shadow engineers in the loop slow down the overall productivity

No, it would do the reverse. It will give you a backup plan if anything goes south. For any unavoidable reasons, if the full-time engineer has to take leave, your project won’t suffer at all. Shadow engineers will ensure the project is delivered on time and help in keeping up the overall operational efficiency.

What is a shadow resource?

A Shadow resource is a developer who follows the progress of a project from start to finish. When the need for an additional developer arises, he can fill in while another shadows him as he prepares to take over when needed again. The shadow resource keeps a project’s status up-to-date and participates in critical communications.

If you are not charging me for the shadow engineers, are you paying the cost out of your pocket?

We miss no chance to bring great talent on board; we provide proper training as we have a regular in-flow of new projects waiting for excellent teams of engineers.

What Our Valuable Clients Say About Us

We are grateful for our clients’ trust in us, and we take great pride in delivering quality solutions that exceed their expectations. Here is what some of them have to say about us:

James Kelly Co-founder, Miracle Choice
Judith Mueller Executive Director, Mueller Health Foundation
Kris Bruynson Director, Storloft
Mohammed Mirza Director, LOCALMASTERCHEFS LTD
Mr.Savarni Founder- sbspco.com
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