Choosing a development company is not as simple or easy as it seems. Not only will your software, app, or website’s performance be determined by them, but in turn, that will also affect the number of customers you will attract, and in turn, your reputation and success. Whether you are looking to get your own online ECommerce store built, or a Mobile app, you need to choose the company you hire for your work, very carefully. The very first thing you need to do is research. You need to find and compile a list of the websites or apps that you like, and find out which company was responsible for designing it. Then you should delve into that company’s details and try and get to know more about them. Once you’ve got your shortlist, these are the things you need to do, before choosing one, and finalizing your decision!
Quite obviously, the main thing that you need to find out first about the company is their technical and technological abilities, the projects they’ve worked on in the past, and the challenges they’ve faced. Now you should know that most companies won’t reveal a lot about their previous projects, as they’d want to honour their Client’s privacy and confidentiality. But they will give you brief ideas about them, and even explain it themselves. This should be quite enough to give you an insight into the kind of work they do, and how good they are at it. You should especially ask technical questions to gauge their proficiency in coding, working on different platforms, and designing complex projects. Furthermore, talking to them directly will also help you find out about the difficulties they’ve faced in the past and how to overcome them, and also the advantages and disadvantages of the technology and the components they’d be using to execute your project.
If there is a gap in communication between you and the development team you hire, you can be sure that the final product might not be what you asked for, or needed. Now in certain cases, that’s a good thing, when a developer understands your requirements so well that they create something entirely different but even better than what you’d talked about. So communication is the key factor here, to make sure you have unequivocally put your points across, and that they understand that. You need to schedule regular sessions or meetings with them during which they will update you on the status of their work, the problems they’re facing, and how well it’s coming along. If you cannot meet directly, in person, you need to make sure you have established a fixed mode of contact, and made a schedule for it, whether through Skype, over phone, or through Facebook.
The company you hire needs to be able to deliver within the stipulated time that you’ve both agreed to. So you need to make sure they have done that in the past, and fix a period of time within which your project will be completed, without any excuses made later on. You also need to find out about the rates they charge and compare it to your other options. Going for the cheaper or more expensive company might not always be the best choice either, for which, you need to consider all the factors before arriving at your final decision. Professional developing companies, who are really interested in the work, and the possibility of being recommended to other potential clients because of it, will never just quote you a standard price sheet, but will come up with an individual price policy, taking into account all your preferences and requirements as well as your budget.
A very useful question to ask, this goes a long way in gauging how professional and capable they are, as well as how experienced and knowledgeable they are. Any designers or developers who answer this with something like “Just give us what you have and we’ll take it from there” is going to be a nightmare for you, and would end up completely wasting your time, money, and patience. A top class development company would never reply like that. Rather, they’d have an extensive and detailed list of questionnaires that they’d need to ask you, in order to understand exactly what your requirements are and how best they can go about achieving it!
This is another important question that you should ask, because the more direct the interaction, the easier it will be for you to communicate the changes or adjustments you want. For example, if you are only communicating with the project manager, and not the developer, a simple change in font style might take a long time and lots of hassle to be implemented. Instead, if you were able to directly talk to the developer, you’d be able to communicate to him your requirements and explain to him exactly what you want, which he’d be able to implement immediately and get back to you so you can check it.
This might seem silly and trivial, but trust me, this goes a long way in determining the quality of your project, once it’s finished. The truth is, that if you do not get along with them, and have a good rapport, it is going to hinder you every step of the way. You need to find out if they’re as enthusiastic about your project as you are, or whether they’re completely disinterested and are simply working on it because they have to. In fact, although you’re the client, and hence the boss, it is going to be as much a collaboration as a specification. Whether their mindsets, outlook, and composure match with your own, whether they have a good reputation, and are open to any changes you might suggest, at any point in time, is going to determine the quality and efficiency of their work, and in turn, that of your project. This is going to be mutually beneficial as well, as the better you get along with them, and the better their work, the more likely you are to recommend them to someone you know as well!
Keeping all of these factors in mind, carefully consider your options, research about them, and get a clear picture of what you want yourself, before making your final decision! For instance, we at Vyrazu Labs could very well be what you are looking for. Give us a try!