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CHOOSE A PERFECT OUTSOURCING SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY IN SIX STEPS

July 03, 2017
EVGENIY SPASKIY
Project Manager
When you look for a professional team to take care of your software project, there are multiple ways you can go about choosing an outsourcing company. You could pick the first team from your Google search results or rely on a broker to find the remote employees to work for you. However, if you wish to eliminate the risk of failure, don't waste your time on a trial and error method. We have created a simple algorithm of 6 steps that will allow you to choose the perfect outsourcing team for your needs.

LIST ALL YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

When you know exactly what you wish to accomplish, create a list of requirements the perfect software vendor should meet. To make this process easier, divide your criteria into groups, like technical skills, financial guarantees, and business practices. Make sure to note who is supposed to meet your requirements: individual developers, teams or the company as a whole. There are numerous samples of such criteria lists online. All you need to do is update one of them to reflect your needs.

PRIORITIZE YOUR REQUIREMENTS

If your list of requirements is a mile long, it is important to keep your priorities straight. Think carefully about your project and consider which factors are crucial for its success. Is your budget a deciding factor? Are you extra vigilant on matters of testing and quality? Either way, weigh the list of criteria you created and rearrange it to reflect your priorities. If the candidates you consider don't meet the critical requirements you set, you can quickly eliminate them from your list and speed up the interviewing process.

COMPILE A LIST OF POSSIBLE VENDORS

It is always a good idea to consider several companies before choosing the one with which you will work. Create a list of possible outsourcing partners using search engines, recommendations by your colleagues, technology-specific sites and catalogs, or LinkedIn.

GATHER INFORMATION ON THE COMPANIES LISTED

The easiest way to learn more about all the companies you have added to your long list is by checking out their websites. You should focus on their case studies and fields of expertise, references, and experience within different market niches. Look up any extra information you can find about these companies online using industry-specific sites and social media. After that, you can email them with the questions you create from your list of requirements. Make sure to keep your email at a manageable length, otherwise you risk getting zero answers to your query.

CREATE A SHORTLIST OF POSSIBLE PARTNERS

After you gather all pertinent information, assess it in accordance with your requirements list. Grade every criterion on your list to get an overall score. The companies that get the highest grades can be added to your shortlist. These vendors should be subjected to a more detailed scrutiny before you make your final choice.

INTERVIEW THE VENDORS AND CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER

Arrange face-to-face or online interviews with the companies on your shortlist. Remember that you hire a team or an individual developer, so you should be able to talk to them and ask any questions you have left. Once again, consider their experience in your market niche, the projects completed and references from past clients. While the company may possess an impressive portfolio, it doesn't mean your potential team has had anything to do with the projects it lists. Use the new information gathered during the interviews to reevaluate the candidates and make your choice. After all the work you have done, it is bound to be a carefully weighted decision.

As you see, choosing an outsourcing software development vendor is a time-consuming task. However, it will all be worth it, when your project is finished right on time and launched without a hitch. Besides, it may not be the last job for which you can hire the off-shore development team. Think of this process as an investment into your future projects.
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