Outsourcing software development can be a hard task. A lot of customers come to us disenchanted with their previous projects, that were messed up due to poor outsourcing management. That is why we decided to make a brief, but helpful guide that sums up some of the crucial tips that you should consider whilst outsourcing your project.
First off. make a list. Include only fundamental points essential to your project – basic ideas, initial project requirements, etc. Then start adding details that will inform project development further down the line. The more nuances you point out, the clearer the task will be for your outsourcing partner.
Secondly, inspect the code. Once you’ve chosen your potential associate, don’t hesitate to reveal their professional efficiency or lack thereof. It would be wise to learn about its reputation and whether its record is any good. Thoughtful approach is the only viable way if you aim to achieve anything close to success in the long run.
Estimate the budget and set strict time constraints – needless to say, these are the things of utmost relevance. But even more importantly, setting a clear framework will allow you to avoid numerous setbacks in the future.
Next step is manufacturing non-disclosure agreement (NDA). It’s got to be clear and on point – you don’t want to overburden your associates with too many non-essential obligations. Remember that software development is their one and only field of expertise. Anything that doesn’t concern that respective field therefore does not belong in this document.
Providing detailed project outlines and abundant technical documentation is also very important. You must make sure you and your partner are on the same page and that roles and responsibilities are strictly assigned. Commitment and trust play leading roles in a process such as ours.
It takes a lot of dedication and investment to design, build and support a successful application. To rival existing competitors it needs sufficient funding and an active interaction with users on your part. It’s all about change and evolving. Just take a look at the industry’s biggest companies – they never stop exploring new ideas and concepts in an an endless cycle of self-improvement. Competition will never cease, so be prepared, which in our case means be always one step ahead.
As time goes by, the project’s goals may change, thus prompting a revision of initial time and materials (T&M) contract between you and your associate. Flexibility is important, so be smart about it and be ready to negotiate. Appreciate your employees and don’t discard their opinions.
Claim your code
Make a separate paragraph in your contract – you must own your code. No respectable company would deny your ownership of the code, since you were the one who paid for its development. Sadly though, it’s a pretty common oversight on clients’ behalf, which may eventually result in some serious trouble. You can’t fix the code you don’t have, right? And that is exactly the situation you will find yourself in if you happen to part ways with initial outsourced developer.
Remember – make a comprehensive, detailed plan. Choose your associates wisely. Spare no expenses. And last, but not the least – combine your assets and progress ever further.