If someone is a computer engineer and his expertise is machine vision or voice recognition or totally machine learning fields. But we know a robot has electrical parts and mechanical parts as well. Also it's possible to consider we like to create an application on Web/Windows/Mac/Android/ios for our robot too! And many other possible extra conditions.

So our founder is a great man in ML field but not in web/mobile/electronics/mechanics and other fields of engineering that may needed for the company. Then How should he manage people with other expertises and evaluate if they are best(I mean very well) people to choose and hire them? Do they their jobs well?(I mean there is no better/easier/less expensive ways to do that job?). And when one o them stuck in his/her job and couldn't find the solution, how can he help him/her to done the job?

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    Just to confirm... Your founder is managing a team directly, but he's not qualified to correctly assess if they're doing a good job? – Kozaky Feb 11 at 12:24
  • Sure,this is normal in research, cutting-edge projects. – Fattie Feb 11 at 16:08

IMO there is only one solution to this.

  • Hire contractors rather than salaried employees. Essentially, you have to "test run" people - there's just no way to know beforehand, there is no screening process.

With a contractor, you just dump them if, after a week, it is evident they are not swiftly progressing on the app, actuator, or whatever is the issue at hand.

Regarding the most cutting-edge, truly multidisciplinary projects, the OP has precisely described the difficulty. The only solution IF1 have ever found is "test run" folks. Unless you're a leader in field X, it's just not possible to "prove before hand" someone can get it done fast in field X.

One way to look at it:

The fact is many of the biggest products / startups, and most technically challenging products / startups, indeed use top contractors as a matter of course. It's how stuff gets done.

In a sense, it's "the solution" to the basic industry problem you describe.

Also: don't forget it's common to hire them if you end up liking them!

  • Thank you for remark! But there is a problem here: "maintenance". I searched about my question and read that some people are disagree with giving the job to contractors because of it's maintenance. They say lunching an app for example, is 10-20% of the job and the important part is it's maintenance and development in future! Also when you have a project with several different parts, it's a new job to manage your contractors too! – user145959 Feb 11 at 15:23
  • H @user145959 , I'm afraid I totally disagree with that. Each phase of a product (R&D, maintenance, launch, etc etc) is important, and each can and must be done by professionals, on a professional code base. If the code is so crap that others can't "step in" professionally, you're doomed. What you say only applies to "home hobby" little apps and stuff. One way to look at it, the fact is many of the biggest products / startups etc indeed use "star" contractors. It's how stuff gets done. Also: don't forget it's totally common to hire them if you end up liking them! – Fattie Feb 11 at 16:07

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