15 November 2017
Hiring a company for the development of your product can be a mammoth task. It is just as difficult as building a new building, with the world full of contractors and you are entitled to choose the best contractor in the vicinity. You may work with this company for months or even years, if they are good at what they do. So, choose wisely.
Let’s start with a simple common scenario
Your company wishes to develop a customised software product. You have tried developing the same in house but it doesn’t seem to be working as good as you planned it to be. Eventually, you partner up with a company that can help you with custom solutions.
The next hurdle you face is the election of the right software development company. Just as real-time situations call for it, building a relationship with tech partners is challenging; early communication and respecting partners can effortlessly make things easier in future. If you stumble there and choose the wrong company, you can end up losing faith in your partner. If due attention is given to a few factors that can make or break this bond, the odds of a weak relationship can be significantly reduced.
Technology partners function just as same as any business where the people and minds within the organisation affect them. Great technology partners absorb the best of developers. They understand how to tackle and eliminate mediocre developers. It, however, may be difficult especially for freshers to understand, choose and maintain relationships with these tech partners.
This article will bring forth a pattern and a few associated questions to help you to find the perfect software development company in no time.
1. Discard the Cheapest
Sometimes the cheapest can cost you a lot in future. Like purchasing cheap goods on Amazon or eBay don’t guarantee its quality, buying services could also lay you on the same lane as that of a cheated online customer.
The cheaper package or offer you select, the more you get to regret in the end. This is why you are advised to reject the cheapest:
- Technological Debt: Unclean code, unverified due to lack of tests, lack of documentation making it difficult to for the developers to work.
- Source Code Ownership: Even after you pay the development charges, you will only be asked to license the product. You are not the rightful owner of the source code.
- Poor Communication: Lack of proper communication is harmful. If the English fluency and transparency of the development process is not maintained, the ‘cheap’ can turn expensive in the long run.
Instead of aiming to buy a cheap service, aim for buying the most cost-effective service. Spending less in the beginning can burn your pockets substantially in the end. Building an application from scratch is the worst phase of this scenario.
2. Look for Recommendations
Most of the reviews of the company on the Internet are true and requesting recommendations is not a bad idea after all.
Enquire more about the company by meeting different people. LinkedIn can score here; you can find your contacts and ask for their opinions, those of which have the company’s founders in their network.
Reviews can change the way you look at things. Never ignore the reviews.
3. Integration and Communication
You’re lucky if you find a company that stresses on improving the development process and respects surveying meetings. So, find a company that keeps up that spirit.
It’s best if you integrate the respective external development team right from day one and clearly address them what you need and what they expect from you. This approach is both cost-effective and will speed up the development process.
According to a report from Accenture, Price is not as important as Communication and Product quality, from the Customer’s point of view.
4. No to Yes-Sayers
Here’s why you shouldn’t select yes-sayers: You need a partner that adopts straight-forwardness. A practical ‘No’ is better than a blind ‘Yes’.
- No, incorporating this feature at the moment can waste both your time and money.
- No, you must try using different tools for this project.
5. Partner Chemistry
Your relationship with tech partners should be insanely strong. Believe in your relationship chemistry.
Work with your partners as partners and not clients have frequent discussions regarding the shape of the product and how you picture it to be.
When you find this relationship to have enough chemistry, you don’t need to worry about the other dangers. The transparent communication allows both the partners to be on the same page. Your partner’s business interests are secured as well.
6. Frequent Deployment
Updates from the company are must; the development progress should be fed to you on a regular basis. A demo done at the end of each unit is picture-perfect.
The development process becomes smooth and quick. A demo per week or twice can pressurize the developers, keeping them active. You develop a similar pressure as a client to supply information, specifications or mockups for the next week’s cycle. The weekly pressure, in disguise, helps speeding up the development process while substantially improving the quality of the process.
It’s self-explanatory why English is a must these days, eradicating a language barrier. Find a company that gives you golden pointers, not just brilliant codes.
Fantastic problem-solvers equipped with exceptional language eloquence, you hunt for these guys. Triple think before you outsource your software development to Philippines/Vietnam.
An outstanding technology contributes to almost 30-40% of your success in business. Thus, choose a company which wills to advise you on that part, apart from coding.
Figure out where you want your external software development team to be grounded.
As per the survey carried out by HackerRank, Poland is in the Top 3 of the best software developers of the world.
Indubitably, selecting the best gem out of a box of gems can be an arduous task but it is an important decision to be made wisely. You need to scrutinize your short-term and long-term requirements and accordingly choose the right partner. Long-term success follows.