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Help! I’ve Lost My Software Developer

Having been in the software development business for 19 years, we’ve heard every reason in the book for a developer to quit:

  • He just disappeared
  • She got a better job offer
  • He just stopped responding
  • She stole my software and ran off
  • He died!
  • She joined the circus

Ok, we’ve never heard that last one, but you get the point. There is a myriad of reasons someone could lose their software developer.  But, do not fret. Below is a short guide of tips to get your software project back on track after losing a key member of your team.


Check Your Resources

Who is still on the roster that could step up and fill in in the meantime?

SOLTECH’s Project Manager, Gila Decker says, “resourcing is always more of an art than a science.  The key is to parallel path critical knowledge through multiple resources if possible. That’s the universal Plan B so that no single vacation, sick leave, or even job transfer brings the project to a complete standstill.”


Access the Project

Whether you could identify someone capable of stepping up to the plate while you find a replacement, or if you are running a skeleton crew and there are no extra hands on deck, you’ll want to start combing through the project from beginning to end, identifying any issues the project may be having or is soon to have.

Then, you’ll want to reevaluate your schedule. Get together with the software team to come up with a new estimate and take that to internal leadership and/or the client. When you find yourself in this predicament, it’s important to be open and honest.


Look for Another Developer

Looking for a software developer can seem like a daunting task, but if you have the right allies on your side, then the process can be much less painful and much quicker. The first step to finding a new developer is to look around at your local tech recruiters, friends, colleagues, or local coding schools for new talent. Remember, although you’re in a pinch and are looking for someone to fill a hole, don’t forget to hire for long-term employment. There is no sure way to avoid a team member leaving in the future, but you can lessen your chances of being in a jam by hiring for talent, culture fit, and drive to succeed.

At SOLTECH, we do just that. We can help you in finding the best solution for your team, handpicking talent we know and trust.

If your company doesn’t have the capacity to be searching and interviewing, let us help! You can get in touch with us by emailing

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