Did you ever think of outsourcing your project? Sure you did! The reason for many businesses to outsource web development is to cut costs, as well as making business processes more flexible. Honestly, it is always a challenge for a company to trust someone who is thousands of miles away. It’s a question of quality and security at the same time.
The process of choosing the best fit to outsource project development may be accompanied by many types of risks: operational, financial, reputational, etc. The growing global IT market abounds in software programs, mobile apps, and cloud-based applications. The market has managed to generate more than $3.7 trillion in revenue in 2018. The international competition requires finding the most economical ways to develop a product, sure by maintaining quality. Very often outsourcing is a common solution chosen by companies to achieve these objectives. An article published by Deloitte, states that 31% of IT services have been outsourced in 2017 and will continue to grow in the future.
So let’s have a quick review of the pros and cons of that experience and see what are the benefits of doing outsourcing.
To hire a freelancer or a web development company?
There are two options for outsourcing: you can either hire a software development company or a freelancer. In each case, you should have a precise idea of what you want to achieve.
Usually, outsourcing to web development companies or an agency can be a bit more pricey. In this case, what you get in exchange is reliability and quality.
Freelancers are also great. Choosing between these two options depends on what type of project you are working on and what goals do you wish to achieve. If you are looking for someone to do your work quickly and cheaply, a freelancer may be the right choice for you. You can find one on Freelancer, Upwork, and other similar platforms. However, as big projects need project managers, developers, QA engineers to be involved, outsourcing to web development companies might be the right choice for you.
Choosing the right company
Some companies specialize in mobile development and they do a huge job developing mobile software. Others are really strong in WordPress and web design. Now, the most important thing you need to do is to get familiar with their tech stack/experience. You should see what they have done in the past. That is to say, you need to get more acquainted with their accomplished projects. Secondly, you should understand whether they are successfully implemented or not.
You can then decide if their previous projects have a similar or compatible design style, operational background for what you have in your mind or not.
However, in the prospecting phase of finding a web development company, it’s just a matter of talking to a few companies and seeing which one is best suited for you.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind/ Ask questions
One of the clue points in outsourcing is the ability to ask questions, giving feedback and stand out your point of view.
You need to discuss in detail all the points of the project so as not to have any ambiguity in the future. Feedbacks allow the company to have a clear idea of whether there is anything to work on or to improve. Complaints serve as an early warning system. It helps prevent service failures not allowing them to become big ones.
In order for your outsourced project to go well, you shouldn’t be afraid to speak your mind.
Have a project manager
Firstly, an outsourced project sure needs a project manager. This person should manage all the development process and can make sure that everything and everyone is kept in the loop.
It’s crucial for the project manager to always be in touch with the outsourcing company and be a kind of a liaison. Some teams, who don’t have a project manager spend too much time and energy dealing with problems. Often, they don’t know how to resolve the problems.
Communication is the key
The tricky aspect of outsourcing is communication. Different time zones, work schedules, and availability are just three hard-to-control elements when outsourcing.
The good news is that using the right tools and making a little effort, communication can be improved tremendously. A few tools that you can use in this process, that can improve the overall workflow and communication, are for example GitHub, InVision, Moqups, Slack, Teamwork.
Have a contract
The point that helps to justify the cost of outsourcing companies is that they will support you and have a record of your work, even if the developer on your project leaves. If your freelancer quits, you will have to start from scratch and have no support during the transition period.
An enormous benefit that you can see with outsourcing web development projects to a firm, is that you can require them to have insurance for the code. This way, if something happens, you will be covered financially. Without a formal contract, the risk of disagreements and messy hassle can increase. When you outsource, you delegate part of your IT infrastructure to another company. So it is natural that you may worry about the way the outsourcing company handles your resources. Select an IT company working in compliance with international security standards. Sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that is binding for both parties.
To sum up outsourcing web development projects and programming, shouldn’t be too difficult if you are making sure you follow a few important rules. The secret lies in communication and good management, if you are doing those two right, your outsourced project should succeed.
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