How to Outsource App Development


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Sometimes the hardest part of making your app idea a reality is hiring the right development team. This if not done well often means a difference between a steady source of revenue for years to come or complete disillusionment from the mobile app world.

Separating one mobile app development company from another based on portfolio samples, experience, cost, technical skills, tools used, and communication structures is quite a task.

We've made a guide to help you through the decision of hiring a development team so outsourcing your project isn't scary anymore.

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How to Outsource App Development

  1. 1. Confused about how to hire a development team? Scared of outsourcing Learn from the experts
  2. 2. To select a competent team that is most appropriate for your project, pay attention to the following: Actual Team Process They Follow Are they Transparent? Your Requirements
  3. 3. Actual Team Experience Attention To Detail Work Portfolio Flexible Relevance With Your Idea Communication Skills Technical Skills Pragmatic Thinking/Understanding Skills
  4. 4. Experience An experienced development team has a better idea of handling chaotic situations and working with more efficiency due to better development processes.
  5. 5. Work Portfolio Work portfolio gives you a better idea of a team’s skills and expertise. You can assess whether it’s just another sales pitch or the team has something concrete to show by going through their work portfolio.
  6. 6. Relevance With Your Idea Work portfolio also helps determine any relevant connection between their past projects and your current idea. Ask the team if they have done something specific in the genre to which your idea belongs. Action Adventure Arcade Board Card Casino Dice Educational Family Kids Music Puzzle Racing Role Playing Simulation Sports Strategy Trivia Word
  7. 7. Technical Skills A diversified technical skill set ensures the team would be virtually platform agnostic and will suggest you the right platform based on your idea requirement.
  8. 8. Thinking/Understanding Skills Working on the same project for a good number of months needs you and your development team on the same wavelength. Analyze their thinking and understanding skills.
  9. 9. Attention To Detail A project is successful when the owner and the developers pay attention to every small detail. Ensure that quality in your team.
  10. 10. Flexible No matter how well you spec your project, some things are going to change and you must ensure that your team knows that. But on the other hand you should be open to a revised quote if some major functionality is added at the later stage.
  11. 11. Communication Skills Excellent communication skills are required for both inhouse and remote development teams. Communication plays a vital role within the team and outside too. +
  12. 12. Pragmatic A pragmatic estimate of the time it will take to complete the project ensures that the team won’t over promise and underdeliver. This is one quality you should look for.
  13. 13. Process They Follow A process-oriented team has greater probability of delivering on the initial promises ensuring good quality work in set timelines. Any oversight in this regard directly impacts the quality of the product, the bandwidth you spend, the iterations required and the timeline. Channels Of Communication Project Managers Tools Spec Docs
  14. 14. Channels Of Communication For team oriented projects, project management tools (chosen according to the requirements of the project) are far better to ensure that the whole team is on the same page. To build on this, weekly meetings with the client and daily updates on progress helps you stay in the loop and intervene accordingly. Lighthouse
  15. 15. Tools While collaborating with a development team for a period ranging anywhere from a few months to years, the choice of right tools by your team can save many hours. The tools used should not have a huge learning curve but team members must be proficient in their niche areas. Your team should be using right tools for: Project Management Codebase Management Bug Tracking Transferring Development Builds, Among Others
  16. 16. Project Managers Work with a team rather than individuals unless you already have a team at your end. A point-of-contact model helps you transfer your vision to the team and makes communication much more effective.
  17. 17. Spec Docs Including every little detail of your project in spec docs might seem cumbersome and totally unnecessary at the initial stages but helps you do feasibility analysis, discover competition and make life easier for the development team which goes into iterating constantly at a later stage.
  18. 18. Are They Transparent? With many teams looking to make a quick buck, the genuine ones often have to deal with mistrust from clients looking for prospective teams. But there is an easy way out to differentiate between the two types of teams. Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Payment Terms Cost Estimates Cost Overrun Risks Master Service Agreement (MSA) Post Go-Live Support
  19. 19. Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Ideally, your idea is your intellectual property (IP) and the sales reps of your prospective team should respect this and should be forthcoming when you ask for an NDA. All the discussions on your idea should follow after signing the NDA.
  20. 20. Cost Estimates The team can estimate the total time and money it will take to complete your project only after they have a clear idea of the features you have in mind. If the team is able to give you a random number before you have passed on the knowledge, it is a clear sign of a sales rep trying to make a quick sale. The only reliable number the team can give at the initial stage is their average hourly rates.
  21. 21. Master Service Agreement (MSA) The MSA should be signed and vetted by your lawyer. It should contain all the terms, statement of work, IP ownership, etc., which will govern your future relationship
  22. 22. Payment Terms The payment terms also depend on whether you are going for an hourly billing-based model or a project-based model. For a project-based model, pre-decide the project milestones when you are expected to pay. Ideally, there should be at least 4 payment milestones and you shouldn’t be asked to fork out more than 25% of the total cost as upfront money. The final installment should go out only at project completion.
  23. 23. Cost Overrun Risks There is a high possibility of cost overruns and all the cost overruns associated with the scope of work included in the MSA should be borne by the team whereas those arising due to change in scope should be borne by you.
  24. 24. Post Go-Live Support You have a finished product which has undergone rigorous regression testing and you are ready to make it live. Some bugs will creep up inspite of all the due diligence. So your team must commit to correcting the bugs for some time after the product goes live.
  25. 25. Your Requirements Strangely, the decision about the team you are going to work with also depends upon broad requirements of the project and the onus of communicating this to the team lies entirely on you. MVP or Polished Product Cost & Budgeting Full-Cycle Development Team Size Meeting Schedules Post-Launch Support Clear Idea or Brainstorming Platforms
  26. 26. MVP or Polished Product Analyze what is your requirement for now – an MVP or a polished product. An MVP helps you test waters before getting into full-blown project implementation.
  27. 27. Full Cycle Development Requiring only the developers to augment the other areas of your expertise requires a different team structure, viz. a viz., full-cycle project development which involves feasibility analysis, project management, architecture design, graphics design, development, quality analysis and deployment.
  28. 28. Meeting Schedules Weekly sprints, daily updates, group chats and bi-weekly discussions are some meeting schedules to keep you updated with project status and makes work coordination better. Communicate what suits you and your project best depending upon the time at your hands.
  29. 29. Clear Idea or Brainstorming Are you ready with a clear vision of your project or you think some brainstorming will help? Are you going to invest the time in market research and feasibility analysis at your end or wish that your team does that for you.
  30. 30. Cost & Budgeting Have clear knowledge of your project’s cost and how you want to keep it within budget. Knowing about the price break-ups and payment options in the beginning helps avoid any confusion when you are half way through.
  31. 31. Team Size Keep your team size requirement clear from the start of the project. If you think fewer people can do the job in the set timeline, there’s nothing like it. Coordination and communication are better in smaller teams.
  32. 32. Post Launch Support This includes analytical monitoring and framing marketing strategies.
  33. 33. Platforms Having clarity on which platforms to target and their distribution strategy is important. It will help you decide about cross-platform development tools such as Unity, Corona or whether to go ahead with native development
  34. 34. Having trouble finding the right development team? Talk to us We’re a full-cycle mobility solutions provider having experience in diverse engagement models and projects. We are a team that believes in stakeholder-based approach, are obsessive about processes, experienced in different platforms and diverse genres and transparent to the core.
  35. 35. Different Collaboration Models Industry Standard Tools For Each Process Platform Agnostic
  36. 36. 100% Transparency Ask for our portfolio, we believe in exchanging knowledge and would love to provide free consultation on your ideas.
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  38. 38. Let's explore how we can together create the next big “tech” story... Plot No. 5, CDCL Sector 28-B Chandigarh, INDIA Phone: +91-172-319-3206 114 Sansome St San Francisco CA  94104, USA Phone: +1 415-758-1 Skype: click.labs