Although there are many software development companies out there, choosing the right one is not as easy as it may seem. If you aren’t careful you may find that the company you choose doesn’t deliver the quality that you expect, or ends up running over your budget.
Unfortunately, if it is your first time engaging a software development company, you may not even know what to look for. But rather than making any hasty decisions, you should take a look at these tips that can help make sure you make the right choice:
Come up with a brief
before you start looking at software development companies. It should be as detailed and specific as possible about the software that you want them to create, and what you expect from it. That brief will allow you to clearly define the scope of the project, which in turn will help you to get a more accurate quote, and make sure both you and the development company are on the same page.
Get referrals and recommendations
from your circle of contacts. Frankly speaking there are far too many software development companies for you to check out one by one, and this will help to narrow your options. More importantly, it will provide you with honest opinions about the services of good software development companies.
Look at the company portfolio
to see what projects they’ve completed in the past. The goal is to find out how much experience the company has, and whether or not they’ve completed any projects that are similar to yours. If a company has completed several projects that are similar to your own, odds are they’ll be able to carry it out without any issues.
Verify the exact scope of their service
both during and after development. For example, you should check what services they provide for testing, configuration, maintenance, updates, and so on. Based on your project you may have certain services that you require and should make it a point to look for them.
Talk about the timeline
For project development. Nowadays most software development companies use an Agile approach which will break the project into parts so they can be designed, built, and tested one by one. That should make it easier to define the timeline and set specific goals and yardsticks for the development.
Research the costs
so that you understand what the market rate is for the type of software that you want to develop. Keep in mind that software development rates can vary quite a bit based on the complexity of the project as well as the experience of the developers.
While it may be tempting to look for the cheapest rate you should always be wary if it is significantly cheaper than the market value. It may be a sign that the quality of expertise of the developer will not meet your expectations.
Evaluate their communication skills
and make sure that you’re able to discuss, share, clarify, and make yourself understood. At the same time, you should ensure that the developers you’re dealing with understand you as well and are responsive when you try to get in touch with them. Many software development projects can sink or swim due to communication skills alone.
Shop around for multiple providers
before you start to narrow your options and come to a final decision. Different providers may be able to provide different suggestions or may use an entirely different approach. Additionally the more you shop around the more quotes you’ll get so you can make a better comparison.
Following these eight tips should make it much easier for you to find a software development company with the right expertise. Although it may require some grunt work on your part, it is better than choosing a company only to find out later on that the final product does not meet your expectations.
While you look at various companies, you should take note of any that stand out and list them down. Even if you feel they aren’t suitable for your current project, they may be a good fit for any others that you require in the future.