One of the most challenging goals that your company may need to face is hiring a software development company that can cater to your every need. This is an often overlooked factor and can be very costly and time consuming if the wrong company is selected.
While you do not need to have the technical knowledge of a developer to find the perfect company to work with, you do need to be vigilant to ensure that the results of your decision do not haunt you later down the line.
So what should you look for in a software development company?
Firstly, you must consider the compatibility of your company and theirs. Are they ready for a long term commitment? Will they keep you updated regularly on their work? Do you understand the work that they are doing?
Any software development company that you hire must also be aware that they will need to remove the technical jargon and lay out their work in layman’s terms. Everyone who is going to use the software in your company must understand exactly how everything functions and this responsibility falls on the developers’ shoulders.
Secondly, you must find a company that you can trust. One of the most common issues when dealing with software developers is things getting lost in translation. Ensure that their estimates as to when they will have the work complete is on target. Do not let them overawe you with bizarre technical jargon as excuses for their apathetic work rate.
And yes, there are often times when work does not meet the scheduled deadline, especially in the complex world of software development. However, any tardiness should be explained clearly and concisely by the company you have employed and entrusted with your software.
It is also vital that the software development company you hire can explain the roles of everyone on their team. Often, a developer will explain that he can achieve every target you set, simply in order to claim the contract. However, make sure that all developers combined have between them a comprehensive knowledge of the job at hand.
Do not be afraid to ask for a full breakdown of the developers’ roles and what they are working on at certain points during the project. More established companies often work on many contracts at the same time and you need to make sure that your company is a priority.
So, you have found the software development company that you are sure you want to work with. Before you hand over any money and contracts are signed, why not run a pilot test, if the company agrees to it.
Ask the prospective developers to solve an issue or fix a bug. This will allow you to assess how the company works before you make the big decision. If they are not willing to conduct such a test, they may not be the most trustworthy company to work with.
Once you are happy with the results of the trial and you have agreed on the work load and deadlines, settle on the deal. Hopefully, your careful selection process should ensure that you have picked the very best software development company for your business.