Apr 26, 2013
Looking to take your app idea off the ground? Don’t stroll in the precarious path without working out a proper strategy for application developed. First and foremost, try to sketch a draft. The earlier the better, as it would allow you to overlap the development of the application with the development of the design. If you are not good at programming, then try to outsource app development. You can hire an app developer from number of good places such as upwork.com or skill pages and other vocation facilitating websites. Once you have a list of developers, short listing and finalizing the best one is a perplexing activity.
Nevertheless, here are few tips and tricks to help you outsource app development.
Try to get as much bids you can: Always collect a handful of bids as it will provide an edge to bargain with the developer. Yes! Quality should always precede price, yet, to have a couple of choices in hand is always good.
Shortlist developers who have hands-on experience in similar applications to the one you desire. They must have worked on common programming applications. Do cross check their work uploaded on their portfolios. Steer away from developers without any portfolio.
Connect with more than an email with your developer. Try to have a face-to-face interview session. In case, it’s a distant possibility, try to create visual connection for better interaction quotient. Prepare some questions beforehand so that you can focus on the answers of the developer rather than thinking of which question to ask next. Moreover, virtual or in-person interview facilitates trust building and compatibility.
Set Milestones: In case, you hire an app developer who has worked for hot-shot companies such as Sony, Century Fox, Pixar to name a few, then there are high chances that your work might shift to lowest priority whenever these companies have a new application to be developed by the concerned developer. It is imperative to set milestones and deadlines before signing a contract with any developer.
Always go for proper documentation. Studies have revealed that many people overlook the importance of documentation in application development. Documentation specifies the deliverables and ascertains that the final output will have all prescribed features and codes. It facilitates the developer to have a better understanding of your requirements and provides you with a benchmark to check the developed application.
Maintain regular communication with the developer and demand for a reporting timeframe which can be in hours, days or weeks. Don’t assume that it’s the sole responsibility of the developer to develop the application. Your inputs and suggestion will not only keep the developer in check but would also ensure that any defect in the development process is identified and rectified beforehand, thus, saving your time as well as that of the developer. One must evaluate aspects like interface, testing, bugs as soon as the initial framework is developed.
With these aforementioned tips one can effectively decide to outsource an app developer without any fears of this decision backfiring on you. This might be not the only way but it for sure “highly effective”.
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