Implementing new technology, whether it is a mobile app, complex AR/VR application, backend system, or anything else, is challenging to say the least
Software development can be a challenge, especially if you are not as fluent in the world of software development as you’d like to be. As a result, finding the right technology partner you can trust can make or break your project.
As the all-encompassing war on talent continues to grow, the discovery and selection process for the perfect developer can seem overwhelming. Having the information you need will help you compare quotes effectively, secure approvals, and ensure your project’s ongoing health and ultimate success. But what should you be looking for in your evaluations?
When shopping for the right development partner, below are 4 things to keep in mind:
Defining Your Scope
Having a starting point of exactly what you want delivered is critical. Any written project description you can provide will ensure that every developer provides a scope based on identical requirements. The right conversations will help refine your project description. Once the scope is defined, make sure that it includes all possible options, challenges and workaround decisions considered ahead of time. Ensure that your scope and expectations are clearly documented as it goes through revisions. A well-defined scope will also help avoid scope creep and make sure you secure the best value. You want a partner who can not only deliver an MVP but is also aligned with your long-term goals and vision.
Understanding the Technical Nuances of the Skills You Need
If you are not technical, or if you are building a new product, it can be hard to understand the more complex components. Here is where you need your development partner to walk you through the technological choices that will be made on your behalf and the process behind bringing your project to life. Make sure that the partner you’re working with demonstrates a fluent understanding of your industry, potential roadblocks that you may encounter, and solutions available to you.
Most projects require a team with a diverse set of skills and expertise. If a development firm has experience working on similar projects, it will be able to more accurately identify and avoid potential risks. It’s important that your partner has the competence and depth of experience to understand both the technical and business considerations of your project. Ask for case studies on similar projects and client testimonials. Established companies with long-term employees typically have more defined processes and risk mitigation strategies.
Cost Vs Quality
Regardless of how comparable the project scope and estimates of hours/effort are, prices quoted can vary wildly between companies. Project cost can depend on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the company, where the development team is based, whether you will be billed at a flat or hourly rate, a blended or role-specific rate, the number of resources assigned to your project, inclusions and exceptions made in the scope, and many other factors. While it can be tempting to go with the company that offers the lowest price, it’s a good idea to weigh costs with other aspects that determine the ultimate quality of your product.
The goal of choosing the right development partner goes beyond the project alone. An ideal partner understands the larger mission of your company, is aligned with your future goals, and collaborates with you as a ‘partner in crime’ to achieve these goals and realize your vision. As in any relationship, a strong developer relationship is characterized by transparency and trust related to all aspects of project development, efficient ongoing communication, and clarity around expectations at every stage.
About the Author
Nik Froehlich is the CEO and Founder of Saritasa. His passion for technology and the incredible enhancements it brings to our everyday lives is what inspired him to start Saritasa back in 2005. He recognized that many businesses are often afraid to adopt new technologies and sought a way to bridge the gap between innovation and business.
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