Choosing a Software Development Partner for a Startup
Learn everything you need to know about the preparation phase, choosing the right vendor for startup software development, and all the important steps.
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Researching a reliable company is not the first step you should take. Even if you already know which company you want to work with, you need to spend some time and write down the project idea, the functions it should have, and create some sketches to show the UI/UX designer what you really need. The more information you provide to the software development partners, the greater the chance that future products will fully meet all your expectations. In addition, you will save time.
3 Steps Within the Preparation Phase
- Define your software goals: You probably should know the target audience that you want to reach, the main purpose of the software, how it should be used, and the main tasks this software should perform. It will be much easier for the development team to delve into the process and understand your goals.
- Define the scope of the project and prepare a visual software presentation: You don't need to be proficient in design or software development. It is enough to write down the scope of the project and visually display the results you want to achieve, etc. If you don't want to create a presentation or mockup, you can write some user stories in the document description of the activities that users may perform in the software.
- Define technical details; fill the knowledge gap: For example, you may already have software that other developers started to create, but for some reason, you don't want to continue working with them. Therefore, you need to describe what the software already contains and what you want to add. New software development partners will save you and them time, and they will speed up software development for startups. Also, please pay attention to adding information about the required platform (iOS or Android or both), front-end/back-end, etc. The more detailed your description, the faster the software creation.
Finally, please do not hesitate to create a more ideal list of criteria to select the ideal team and the best software development, partner. This list may include points such as hourly rate, country/region, technology stack, time zone, etc. After completion, you can choose the best software development partner by following the next steps below.
Steps To Consider When Choosing a Software Development Vendor
You have prepared a presentation or other documents, now you can follow the following next steps, which will help you find a good and strong software development company.
#1. Do Your Research
The Internet is a global network where you can find everything. This is why you can use it for research to select perfect software development companies. But what is the best way? I think that when you are looking for a software development partner, you need to use the appropriate portal, for example:
- Agency Spotter
Using them, you can classify companies by rank, country, reviews, hourly rates, etc. The main advantage of this website is the completely correct information. Since the management of the portal site can verify all content, it is impossible to publish false information.
#2 Check the Expertise of Potential Partners
When you choose a few potential software development partners, it’s time to check their investment portfolios. Many software development companies have created a related section on their website where you can find a list of previous projects undertaken by them (for example, they can have a case studies section) This is excellent proof of expertise, and you can also assess their technical level.
But keep in mind that a portfolio usually does not contain all projects. For example, many companies add a project intended for public use to the portfolio only if the client agrees to share the project with visitors. However, many projects are created for internal use, and due to NDA, they are not allowed to be shown. As a result, sometimes you cannot fully evaluate the quality of work and experience of the potential partner.
#3 Choose Your Project Management Methodology
You need to determine which method is more suitable for you and whether the selected company uses it. If you want to maintain high-quality future software and ensure that everything is done on time, you need to focus on Agile methodology. The development process is divided into sprints, and each sprint reaches an agreement with the customer. Agile provides greater flexibility in changing environments and helps avoid unnecessary mistakes. Therefore, the customer evaluates the function of each Sprint, fixes all errors, and starts to develop the next Sprint until the customer's approval.
Agile methodology means permanent communication between customers and service providers, which is essential. So before moving forward, be sure that your potential partner shares your Agile preferences.
#4 Determine the Pricing Model
If you don't know, there are three main pricing models in software development:
A fixed price: If you clearly know your needs, clear requirements and functions, and strict deadlines, this option is a good choice. You will get an estimate of a fixed price, and if you agree, everything will be created within the set budget.
Time and material: You only need to pay for the time spent. If you don't know how much software you should use, how many additional features you need, and other detailed information, you need to pay attention to the T&M model.
Dedicated team model:(It is an excellent choice for long-term partnerships. You hire a team of developers, designers, and quality inspection engineers who only work on your project. You can fully control the process, distribute the workload of each expert, and the flexibility is in your hands.
#5 Analyze Technical Experience and Communication Skills
If you are proficient in programming tools and you know how to use one or the other, you can choose the appropriate and more desirable technology stack for your project. Once you are done, the next step is to find out if the selected company can provide you with developers with these skills and if it's ready to build the software for you.
Besides tech experience, communication skills are also an important part of choosing the right vendor for your project. If the company’s communication skills have many shortcomings, then the company's technical level has nothing to do with the number of projects created. You need to make sure that the communication with the company is flawless and there are no obstacles. You should see that the project management team is good at communication and will not encounter any problems.
In addition, software development partners should speak fluent English because it is an international language used worldwide. The first impression is crucial. This is why you need to organize a meeting via Skype and evaluate their communication skills. I believe that the first meeting will show you a lot.
#6 Total Transparency is Essential
The last but not least step is to ensure that your partnership is transparent. A software development company should provide you with a transparent process, but you should do the same. All questions and nuances should be discussed in the meeting, and reliable service providers will be happy to listen to and consider your comments at any time. Moreover, all information about rates and development processes must generally be clear and accurate.
To sum up, I want to add that all reliable software development partners will always provide you with the latest information on all changes. You don't need to contact them individually every day to understand the status of your project. Agile methodology means that there will be a meeting after each sprint, so you will delve into the development process.
If you follow all of the steps above, you will for sure choose the right vendor for your project. As soon as you have an innovative idea for your product, the right vendor, and the team, you can create the perfect startup that will be on the homepage of TechCrunch really soon!
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