Finding and Working with a Development Partner – Tango, Not a Limbo
Among All the Development Firms, Working with a Good Developer and Reliable Development Firm Means Asking the Right Questions and Finding the Right Balance
Working with a development partner should have a fair balance between your vision and the reality of what is possible. This does not mean you should sacrifice your standards or expectations, neither should your chosen development team.
Partnering with a development company isn’t a limbo; the bar doesn’t rise and fall where either party is expected to contort themselves to make it work. You want to avoid this scenario where one minute the bar is high without any issues and the next so low that nothing can be accomplished. Development projects become pounding headaches when that’s the case.
Yes, roadblocks are inevitable and can lead to project slow-downs. But your partnership should be like a tango, smooth and fluid but aggressive when it needs to be. To clarify, aggressiveness in this context means productive problem-solving, because no one wants to be at odds when it comes to developing software. As we mentioned in our previous article — Finding Your Development Partner — Shall We Dance? - communication is always one of the most important factors of the relationship between software development partners and project managers.
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Expressing your goals and vision in the initial discovery meeting along with providing key details can only help your potential development partner. The need for communication from both sides extends through the full scope of the project and after.
A good developer and high quality development firm should communicate clearly and not get caught up in technical jargon and industry terms. Good communication assists with figuring out the scope of your project and also its budget, so that you can avoid the awkward game of limbo.
There are a few things to consider early on when looking at potential partners and getting business processes started:
- How does the development team communicate with their clients?
- Who will be your direct point of contact?
- What phases or milestones are involved?
- When you hit the end of a phase or milestone, what should you expect?
It takes well-calculated, executable steps to bring something of an intangible nature to life. The creation of any software product greatly depends on what gets communicated and how it gets communicated on both sides. This will be a long-term relationship; a final app or software product may not be the end of your dance.
One key thing to keep in mind is to express your desire to have a prototype provided before the final product. A prototype is an ideal opportunity to determine that all of your needs have been met and incorporated into your software product.
What the Tech? Things to Discuss with a Software Development Partner
Another crucial piece of this dance is technology. Not all development companies offer the same tech stacks. So, if your heart is set on having your software product built in React Native, you would need to find a company that is well-versed in creating apps in that framework. It’s important that your potential development team implements the current trends to ensure that the technology is not only relevant but can provide the efficiency needed to create and support your software product.
Be prepared to walk into your discovery meeting knowing how to determine if a development firm can serve your needs. Do not be afraid to ask questions that will help you to determine their level of expertise, technologies available, and experience, along with asking for a portfolio and client testimonials.
A high quality, good developer should have no trouble answering these questions and providing examples of their work. A company with a diverse set of development projects under its belt could make for a good match. When making websites and apps, mobile apps, and other software projects, a good developer should be able demonstrate flexibility and versatility, even if working within a narrow app or software field.
Before working with a software development partner, It’s also important to ask about if they outsource developers and how work is handled. While some companies outsource certain tasks, working with a development partner means knowing who you’re working with. Transparency is key.
Our actual limbo game is pretty strong, but when it comes to technology, we prefer the dynamic challenge of the tango. Contact us today to discover why we are the right development partner for you!
Clevyr builds cutting edge, scalable technology software solutions including artificial intelligence for IT operations, digital twinning, predictive analytics, and cognitive computing - plus much more! Check us out at clevyr.com or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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