Guide to Software Development Outsourcing
Many businesses don’t have enough talent in house and startups need multiple experts for their software development outsourcing project, that’s why they’re outsourcing. Therefore, people are normally left to a “wild west” of tactics in the outsourcing market and none of them will succeed. Waterfall development will fail, as previously discussed, but even agile shops don’t put you in the process with them. Our team integrates with your to partner for success. If you go with outsourcing software development from other firms, there are a few important points to remember.
1. Hire for the long-term
Hiring development is daunting, especially for a person without deep technical knowledge. You really can be left to basically guessing. From the ability to accurately quote the items needed in your app to testing and other types of technical oversight, the partner you choose is important.
Trust is hard to build, but easy to mess up. If the wheels come off in the middle of the development cycle, it isn’t quite as easy as plugging in another team. There are always issues when teams are changed. Code is highly personal, each coder has their own twist on things and it takes the new team some time to learn the style of the code. If you don’f find a long-term partner for your app project, you will end up losing to the competition, it’s that simple.
2. Get expert opinions
Leverage your personal network to find developers and other technical experts you know. This will let you ask them questions and perhaps they can help by going over the code. However, short of hiring them, you really will be behind the 8-ball. Even getting a quote is very hard (more on that in a minute unless you use our free quote tool), you need to be technically sound in your description of the project and you need to know what is unknown in your app (coders see collisions before non-technical people sometimes). There are always going to be hurdles that pop-up out of nowhere, recognizing where these points of struggle are possibly lurking, will help you avoid them in practice.
You aren’t just looking for developers, you need a suite of experts. These experts will bring with them experience and insight into easier, less error prone ways of going about tasks that will save you dearly in the future when roadblocks are come upon. You will need technical opinions, so it is best to find as many as you can and hire the ones that you can’t find in your immediate network.
3. Know the quote
Quotes are glorified guesses. We have a one-of-a-kind tool to create your own quote, but even that is designed around the most general, worst case scenario, situations. When you get into the weeds in a project, you end up finding out from feedback and other mechanisms that some of your original plans should be scrapped. On top of this, the development will bring with it many choices, all of which can alter other parts of the app that are currently working or planned to be offered in the future.
When you receive a quote, keep in mind that this is just a guess. The team has gone through and TRIED to pick out the most important items of functionality and then made some educated guesses. Most firms that have experience will build in a buffer amount so they don’t have to go back and ask for money if the project goes over. Of course, if it goes under that price-point, most firms keep it. We feel per-sprint is the best way to pay and we default to those being every week. This allows only the most important items to be developed at any time, yet still keeping the budget lower by never implementing non-critical items, leading to wasted money and effort.
It is difficult and you’ll need help. That is the bottom line. There are great sites like AngelList and others that find talent ready for the startup challenge. If you’re a business that needs an app, find a team that is fair and ideally imparts a team like our membership does.