Choosing a software development company for your bespoke software requirements is no easy task. You likely have a lot of questions, concerns, and specifics you want to be included within your new, sleek piece of software.
We’re going to go ahead and guess that you’ll be outsourcing your software development, unless, of course, you’re a software developer yourself. If that’s the case, then this article is likely not for you!
Instead, this article will discuss what mistakes you should avoid when choosing a software development company to outsource your project to, beginning with not communicating your ideas and vision clearly.
Not communicating your ideas and vision clearly
From the beginning of the software development project, it’s essential to communicate your ideas and vision clearly. Ideally, this should be discussed over the phone, in person, or over video chat before the purchase has been made.
This allows you to discuss the project and your vision in more depth. However, this also provides the developers with enough information regarding whether or not they can turn your vision into reality.
Diving headfirst into a project without discussing your project clearly may lead to disappointment, miss-communication, and several mistakes along the way. Therefore, go ahead and schedule a call beforehand to hash out the details.
Chances are, if the software development company do not offer calls or meetings, then you likely want to avoid these anyways.
Choosing a company based on price, not expertise
Second, you should never choose a company based on price, not expertise. For example, although the service may be relatively cheap, especially when compared to other developers, the finished product may be of much less high-quality.
Similarly, just because a service is more expensive than others, it does not guarantee great work. Instead, you want to find somewhere in the middle, but more importantly, you should ask to see samples of previous work, and if possible, speak to a developer to capture your vision before the project starts.
Often, you may find yourself speaking with multiple software developers at once, all hashing out the details and later choosing the most suitable for the job. This is completely fine, so long as you don’t lead the developers on, and let them know this from the beginning of the project.
Working with a software development company that operates in a different time zone
Third, you should avoid working with a software developer or development company that operates out of a different time zone. This is not to say that they are bad at their job by no means. However, this can make communication a little difficult, time consuming, and more back and forth than you’d like.
For example, this could task days instead of one afternoon to plan out ideas. Furthermore, if you are to schedule a call or meeting to discuss progress or to further hash out ideas, the timing of this meeting will likely not be favourable for one party, e.g. late at night or in the early hours of the morning.
So, where possible, you should look to work with a software developer or development company that operates out of either the same time zone or a very similar one.
Not being clear from the beginning
We’ve briefly touched on this already. However, it’s paramount that you’re clear from the beginning of the project. You must convey exactly what it is you’re after from the software, your goals as a business, and any other information you can share to give the developers greater insight into how your business works, and how the software should complement this.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re being clear, just ask! If you’re not clear, the developer can prompt you with some basic questions to keep things on track, producing better results for the both of you in the long-run.
Using multiple communication channels instead of one
This is often a problem many businesses make when outsourcing work, including outsourcing software development. Instead of messaging on multiple platforms, perhaps what’s app, messenger, and LinkedIn, choose one platform and stick to this.
If possible, choose a business-related service, one which allows you to attach files and make phone calls without the need to exit the app or switch tabs. This further streamlines your communication and overall project clarity, allowing for better results in a shorter time frame with a whole lot less confusion.
Avoid micromanaging your software creation
Finally, as a business owner, the creation of your new bespoke software is an exciting time. However, micromanaging the project is not only unhelpful, but it slows down the project and puts a roof over the potential of what it could be.
It’s more than okay to have an opinion on what it looks like, how it works, and the overall quality of the software. However, you should insert your feedback and opinion at set intervals, not regularly checking in for several hours a day. Remember: although your project is no doubt a top priority, developers do have other projects and work to do, too.
Are you ready to choose a bespoke software development company?
If upon reading this article, you’re ready to choose a software development company, we’d love to hear from you. At Bespoke Software, we specialise in custom software development, creating various software for a wide range of different businesses.
Whether you’d like to hash out some details, ask for advice, or just want a chat on how we work, we’d be more than happy to speak with you. To get in touch, please click here.
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