Offshore development has become a common trend these days. This business approach helps the business owners get their projects completed at lower prices. If you’re planning to outsource your project for the first time, you need to be very careful and avoid mistakes. Here are some of the common mistakes made by clients while they outsource software development projects:
1. Not keeping the end users in mind
One of the most common mistakes made by the clients is that they forget keeping in mind the end users. No matter how fancy and tech-savvy your software may be, it should meet the requirements and expectations of the end users. It is essential to keep in mind the target users when planning to develop a software. You can talk to the target users and find out what they need. Listen to them carefully and try to address the issues and concerns they face.
2. Not sharing the vision with the offshore development company
Your project requirements can be interpreted in several different ways. It is important to share your vision and company’s objectives with the hired programmers so that they can provide the right solution. If the hired developer doesn’t ask any questions, do not assume that he/she has understand everything about your project. Even after you send the requirements to the developers, make sure that you communicate via Skype or phone call and explain each and everything in detail. Request the developer to prepare a document explaining what he/she has understood and send it to you before starting work on your project.
3. Forgetting to manage the projects
Though some offshore development agencies assign Project managers for your project, it is important for you to keep an eye on the development of your project and manage it in a proper and efficient manner. It is your responsibility to provide suggestions and feedback to the developers to ensure that they move in the right direction.
4. Avoiding testing the software
When you outsource your project, it is important to test it yourself before making it available for public use. You should test your product often and thoroughly. Take notes of the bugs you come across and discuss them with the developer. You can also ask your friend or family members to test the work as it is easier for anyone to find errors in other person’s work.
Whether you want to hire developers for short term or long term projects, make sure that you do some research and hire the right offshore development company. Explain the project guidelines and your business objectives to the programmers and get started.
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