5 Key Tips to Shortlist Your Software Development Partner
Large organizations or corporations usually take care of all its developmental, infrastructural, financial and other activities with the assistance of in-house teams for specific functions. This, however, may not be true for smaller organizations and startups. In the latter group, many functions are outsourced to get good results without impacting the routine performance. In most cases, the overall output, performance etc. is the result of a collaborated effort between the organization and its trusted partners. It is more about teamwork and that in turn depends on how you choose the partners, whether or not their process aligns with your vision.
As Andrew Carnegie said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” So, how do you pick the right partner? For organizations that require software development partners the options in the market can often be confusing. Here are 5 tips to shortlist your software development partner.
Tip 1#Focus on Technology
There are software development partners that may handle a long list of software specialization, but does that mean it is equally good at all the listed ones? Not necessarily. If your requirements are simple and the scope for it to change relatively narrow, then looking for a partner with expertise in the particular software only. Core expertise often helps in getting the best and optimal results, and the added experience can help in troubleshooting and saving time buy identifying scopes for error and being prepared for issues that may crop up.
Technology-specific partners also have a different more affordable cost model than the ones with greater portfolio.
Tip 2#Look into the Work History
The years of experience may be the key to how well versed the organization is in technology and software development. The work history and portfolio may be impressive, but the results would also depend on the actual team, so always check whether the team that created the samples are still the part of the organization. This can ensure that the actual plan becomes a reality.
Tip 3#Communication Channel is a Must
Good partnerships are hinged on good communication. The experience of the offshoring/nearshoring team, its communication level in terms of language and most importantly lack of transparency when it comes to the actual development process are often aspects lead to failure of the project and partnership too. So look at what communication tools are used, raise a request for creating a process that ensures continuous communication.
Tip 4#Experience & Recommendation
The experience in software development can be some strong criteria for selection, but the added perks of experience, mostly the collective experience of the team can be an added backbone to the whole process. In addition, the recommendation of previous clients probably some from the same industry can act as a good place to start listing the potential software partners.
Tip 5#The Development Process
Not something that can be determined upfront. However, most established software development partners would have a process flow. A detailed listing of how the various stages of development, feedbacks, deployment etc. would work, the tentative dates for those etc. Weekly demos are usually a part of software development, this helps in improving the quality and speed of development.
A good development partner should be able to understand your requirements well, discuss the pros and cons, make suggestions through positive feedback. The advice provided from a technical perspective can be helpful in modifying the software to best suit the target audience and such partnerships have better chances of withstanding the trials of time.
Have you picked a software partner yet?