Finding an experienced external development partner can be challenging, but there are some questions you should be asking. There are 5 frequently asked questions that will help you to determine what you should be looking for in an outsourcing development partner.
Get ready to ask very tough questions to help you move forward with finding the right team to partner with. It’s important to make sure you’re working not only with developers, but a multi-disciplined team of UX designers, business analysts, project managers, and/or QA specialists who can help you achieve your targets.
Whether you are looking for specific technical knowledge or a team that can reduce risk with a fixed-time/fixed-budget approach, we’ve compiled some of the best frequently asked questions, from our clients, with responses, to help you make informed decisions in the development of your digital products with an outsourcing partner.
1. How do I know I’ve found the right outsourcing development partner?
When looking for an outsourcing development partner that suits you best, you need to take a look at their experience and reliability.
When discussing experience, look at their team and their technologies, to make sure they can offer you the skill and know-how you need that your internal team may be lacking. From there we recommend looking into their Clutch profile or case studies, to find out what their clients are saying about them, but also to determine how well they can find solutions to different challenges. If you’re working in a highly-regulated industry, it means you’ll have unique requirements. It’s important to make sure that your outsourcing partner has solid experience in developing products that are regulation-compliant.
Reliability is also important because you have deadlines that need to be met. A firm’s ability to offer fixed time/scope contract options is a very good signal of a firm’s creativity, ambition, and accountability.
2. Is my data secure when I work with external partners?
Your data should be even more secure with your external partner than it is with your employed team. Ask your potential outsourcing partner how they comply with certain security standards, such as GDRP or HIPAA.
Don’t be afraid to ask if they offer dedicated teams who have worked with data security compliance measures and with 3rd party penetration testing companies. The more experience they have, the better piece of mind you’ll have knowing that your data is secure.
3. How do I monitor the costs and ROI?
Monitoring costs and ROI should not be challenging. For example, at Freeport Metrics, we provide helpful estimates, report progress, and provide a burn-down for each sprint according to overall project road maps. You can take a look at how we described the B2B product journey.
Make sure that your outsourcing development partner carefully tracks the hours they work across multiple initiatives to ensure greater accountability and transparency.
4. Is a fixed-time and/or a fixed-budget solution available?
When you work with an external software development partner, you are not only working with expert developers, but also quality assurance specialists and project managers. Hiring a project manager, with a proven track record that demonstrates their ability to efficiently plan and execute the development of a project, will ensure that your product is being worked on diligently and efficiently based on the agreed product roadmap.
Your development partner should be willing to be held accountable by contract and to deliver value, on time, for a specific milestone at a specific budget.
5. How does outsourcing software development save me money?
When projects are well-built there are both short and long-term cost savings. Short-term cost savings are more obvious, as they stem from the fact that you can request fixed-time and fixed-budget solutions. You know exactly what you’re getting, in what time-frame, and how much you’ll be paying. No surprises.
Long-term cost savings are about the quality of the development. When you choose a partner with experienced teams, they deliver high-quality code efficiently. When a project is thoroughly-documented and tested by a team of professionals, maintainability is not a concern. Plus, they are much more likely to take into account future scalability concerns without costly over-engineering and over-thinking the solution.
Always ask the tough questions
Flexibility and experience are important to your project, as well as the security of your data. We also understand that you have ROIs that you need to achieve while staying on-time and within budget.
When looking to external development teams for your software, we hope these responses to frequently asked questions will help you to make the right choice in finding a partner who can offer custom solutions for your software’s unique challenges.
- Find a partner who is flexible, and has vast experience in your industry
- Ask about a development partner’s data security compliance protocols
- Accountability is important to your budget and deadlines. Find a transparent partner
- Outsourcing can save both time & money with expert teams and high-quality clean code
We have the experience, in highly-regulated industries, you need to get your project on track. Get in touch let us know how we can solve your unique challenges. We’ll get in touch in 1 business day. Also, you can always schedule a meeting on our website.