The Right Outsourcing Partner Ensures High Quality Software

The importance of finding a compatible outsourcing partner cannot be overlooked, in fact, the key to producing high quality software is to find a partner whose services best matches your needs. In previous blogs, we discussed the essentials to planning your software development success. In this last segment of our five-part series, we will take this plan a step further with actionable suggestions on how to start the process of searching for the right company to outsource with.

Create Your Criteria

Define Your Software’s Purpose

A good product starts with a clear vision. Arrange an outline of features, functionality, marketable information and levels of performance that you want from the finished product. The more organized you are about your product objectives the more direction you will have in finding a partner whose services best fits your needs.

Business and Technical Needs

Consider the amount of time you have to complete this project and the flexibility of your budget. Understand that software development is a process that continues beyond the software’s launch. There is an expected level of maintenance after every launch to ensure that the software is performing as designed.

If you’re looking for a software development team that acts as an extension to your in-house team, ask your team for their involvement in finding a software development partner. Make a list of technical skills that your team will need to complete the project. This list should include programming languages, the specific industry your software is being built for, experiences with building for specific hardware, and remember to ask about your potential outsourcing partner questions about methods of QA testing, methodologies and deliverables.

Communication and Culture

Another thing to consider is how involved you would like to be in the software development process. If the software will be used to process sensitive information, or if you are in a highly regulated industry, you may want to be highly involved to ensure that the software is performing to standards. As a rule of thumb, maintaining a consistent flow of Daily meaningful communication is the best way to ensure that the software is being built to your specifications.

The culture of your software development outsourcing partner can have a huge effect in the efficiency of their software development team. Teams that are motivated to work on your software will not only perform better, they will internalize the progress of development as their own success. Companies with unproductive cultures tend to have a high turnover rate and few experts to prioritize their time on your software.

How to Find a Partner

When looking for a software development outsourcing partner, it’s always in your best interest to look for a referral. Referrals are much more likely to be honest with their experience and they can provide you with details on what the process looked like and if the software performed as expected.

If your network doesn’t provide you with a clear list, then consider a consulting firm or spend some time researching for companies. More often than not, the core values and specialties of the group are headlined on their websites. Teams with a lot of experience will have testimonials or whitepapers about their methodologies.

Keep in mind that background doesn’t necessarily equal to proficiency, but focusing a pool of potential software development teams will lead you to the team that is right for you.

Narrowing Down Your Search

Interview Processes

Once you’ve gathered a pool of potential software development partners, start the interview process. You will want to conduct at least two interviews – the first to inquire about their technical skills and background and the second to feel out their communication style and compatibility.

Select From the Short List

Once you’ve narrowed down your pool to partners that best fit your needs, request for a proposal (RFP). The RFP should have a highly detailed description of your software and expectations. Software development partners who are diligent about listening to the needs of their clients will be sure to match their proposal to your needs.

Be sure that the proposal provides you with technical information about their business practices and staff. Look for details on when they will send you deliverables throughout the project, their type of business model, their cultural standards and core values.

Ask For a Test

Ask your potential outsourcing partner if they offer a demo or pilot project. The purpose of a demo or pilot project is to see how well the software development team delivers on their promises. Treat the trial as a simulation – give deadlines, measure how well they matched your requests, did they offer any follow-up information such as feedback, ideas or project thoughts?

Tiempo Development developed the Tiempo Quality Structure (TQS) as a customer-centric approach to provide clients with collaboration opportunities and testable deliverables throughout the software development process. This allows you more control over the quality of your software development. For more information on how Tiempo Development equips clients with effective tools for efficient development, read our whitepaper about the Tiempo Quality System (TQS).