In terms of outsourcing, you can either do it the right way or the wrong way, there is rarely an in-between situation and below are 5 common mistakes that companies make when looking for an outsourcing company:
1. Looking for the Cheapest Price
Everyone loves a good bargain and saving money on outsourcing costs may seem a good move. However, hiring a team of unskilled developers will end up costing you more in the long run and the end result of your project will be nowhere near the quality you would have expected. We highly advise taking your time to research all the companies and looking through their case studies. We have already covered the cost of software development outsourcing for those looking for more guidance within this area.
2. Poor Planning
Rushing into the hands of the first outsourcing company is a huge mistake because you will have no idea what they specialize in. Before you even begin to search for an outsourcing company, you need to decide which sector of development the project is i.e. BioTech Software Development. Next, you will need to find the technologies used within the project, this could be PHP Development and/or Java Development and a whole load more. You need to be specific on how you want your project to be made and what it needs to do. Without planning, you could end up wasting a lot of time as well as money.
3. No Security
Approaching multiple companies regarding your software project is highly recommended but so many companies will discuss the complete project without any legal agreements. Non-Disclosure should be the bare minimum before talking about the plans and the requirements of your project.
4. Not Managing the Project
If the project was developed in-house, you would be managing it throughout the development lifecycle and this is no different to outsourced projects. You cannot expect the vendor to completely manage the project from start to finish. Frequent contact and task checklists are vital to maintaining a good relationship and keeping track of the project.
5. No Technical Instructions
Some companies will provide a brief description of work they want and the result will be completely different to what they were expecting. Before providing details of the project to vendors, have an in-house technical colleague read over the plan and ensure all aspects are outlined. For example, discussing the technologies that should be used in order for the in-house software developers to be able to maintain it. For example, if you have an in-house developer that specializes in Java but the project has been built in C++, it will be very hard to maintain the project in the future.
Mistakes are fairly common but the majority of software development companies will help you along the way. At Nearshore IT, we will ensure you have everything you need to take your project to the next step and provide a clear outline of work that we carry out. Get in touch with our team to discuss your project with a signed non-disclosure agreement and completely free of charge.
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