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Got an idea for your next software development project? Nowadays, Entrepreneurs can facilitate their business and maintain the organized business culture with the advance software development available in the market.Triple check the firm with whom you will work with over the next period of time, as it may decide your success or failure. In order to that, it is critical to choose a right software development company. As a matter of fact your wrong choice of the firm can be your biggest obstacle in your business growth.

Here we got you some considerable tips to choose a good development partner for your next software development project.

1. Ask for the References:

Today almost every business look forward to their web exposure. Therefore, ask in your network and try to filter the referrals for your development project. It will give your procedure a boost with a potential choice and honest feedback from your colleagues or friends.

2. Discuss the Quality:

Behind every successful software there a clean coding structure. At the time of discussion gather some information about the industry and discuss with your development company about the quality of their coding. Make them aware of your requirements to ease the process.

3. Check their Portfolio First:

This is the key point. Going through the software development company’s recent projects can give you a clear idea about their capacity of working. With their work for the different type of industries and business can give you final thoughts about the potential for the company. Startups may not be much familiar with the challenges that may arise during software development life cycle.

4. Do not Look Out for the Cheapest Quotes:

As the subheading says simply ignore any of cheapest pricing quotes. For instance, when you buy any cheap clothes or anything, it’s quality does not satisfy your expectations. The same thing is applied when you are buying your services.

Choosing the cheapest offer will ultimately cost you extra money at the end of the project

Reasons?

  • Badly written code with poor structure
  • Lack of proper testing and documentation
  • Poor communication

You will regret cheap services with poor results. Try to focus on maintaining a healthy budget which saves you to pay 4*5 time more money in the future.

5. Cooperation and Communication:

Your company should be determined to put the efforts in the process of development and to improve the quality of a proper communication. According to the recent studies, communication is the most important for the customers today.

Listed below are the most popular processes any standard IT firm can have:

Agile Development Process: Nowadays, 80% of IT teams work in Agile Development Process. Therefore, things like daily meetings, sprints, deadlines are the must-have things for the company.

Tools – It is important that the company uses standard tool for the project management. There are many tools available in the market like Asana, Trello, Jira and more! This way you will feel like you’re almost working in the same office. Maintain a daily communication with them on your project management tool during standard working hours.

6. Suggestions from the Company:

Make sure that you have a firm who is able to deny any of the not needed development things on your software development cycle.

They should constantly suggest you such changes which are the most preferable. For instance, if any specific feature is not suitable they should make a healthy discussion and make you aware that this is not the best fit for your project.

7. Demos:

The company should be able to manage regular demo sessions of their till the date work updates. It will speed up the development process. When regular demo sessions are arranged developers are encouraged to complete the development process on time and will be ready to deliver mockups, demo sessions on the regular basis.

8. Do they Understand your Business?

The company should be first aware of what your business is. They should understand that the any of the new features that they develop must fulfill your business needs and they are focused on the priorities.

Even they should advise you from their point of view and connect with you with a vision to establish your business to a next level.

9. Pricing Models:

Sometimes choosing a fixed pricing model can cost you many more! Whenever you choose a fixed pricing model, most of the development companies will maximize 30% of the extra cost to cover the risks.

Instead of choosing a fixed pricing model go for the time based customized packages. It will be the best way to start as it will contain all your required specifications with your selected timelines.  

10. Care About the  UI:

Make sure that a company has that much of skills and resources which can think to develop a software with a great User Experience. Make sure to check out their testimonials and portfolio to figure out that what type of user experience they provided to their previous customers.

11. Clarify about the Software Ownership:

In the field of IT, ownership is the biggest risk factor. What if you find the similar working software on the market? Every software is owned only by the business who pays. And there have been so many conflicts between the company and business owners with this point in the market. Make sure that your contract states the ownership clause in the agreement.

12. Discuss the Security and Safety issues:

Before making any commitments you should have the answers to the following questions from the software development company.

  • Will the software application have subtle data?
  • What will be the risk if the software works incorrectly?
  • Will your company data be secured?

Make sure that the software development company you choose is granted to work on highly-secured and /high-safety systems with all the responsibilities. This way they will implement all of the required steps to protect your personal data.

13. What about the Maintenance & Support?

Discuss the after development support services with the software development company. Make sure the ongoing maintenance support is provided by the company whenever needed. Ensure that they provide software configuration, software orientation, software customization, software maintenance and software backup services.

Mihir Shah is Founder and CEO of Yatharth Marketing Solutions, a group specializing in the sales training and development of individuals and organizations. Mihir’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.