Congratulations! You have decided to take your business mobile and have an app build. This could ensure tremendous progress in your business endeavor, as in today’s time and age going mobile is inevitable. From retail to healthcare, mobile application development for business units is ensuring higher ROI and facilitated relationship with clients on a globalized level.
However, there are some things you need to consider and questions you should ask your potential mobile app development partner agency to avoid losing resources and saving yourself a lot of trouble. I mean, think about it… three months into the project you find out that you don’t own the code of your own app? It could be an utter disaster.
It happens more than you’d like to think. Or are lead to believe.
A firm or an individual decides to invest in mobile app development and is met with horrendous circumstances simply because they weren’t prepared. You might not be a technical person and would much rather leave the things to experts but this questionnaire will help you determine if indeed you are dealing with an expert. We, being an Enterprise software development company sympathize with your plight as an investor and make it a point to ensure that all first-timer clients find their project completed with efficiency.
To aid other people who are thinking about having an app developed we have compiled a list of questions that should give you all the insight you require to outsource a mobile app development project without worrying.
1: Will I have a representative in your team?
It’s only fair that at least one team member should be advocating your interests to the rest of the team, throughout the project progression. You cannot have your own staff perform this task when you are engaging a remote team for your mobile application development project. This person is often labeled as a ‘project manager’ or ‘team lead’. He or she acts as a communication bridge between you and your team and he is responsible to convey your wishes to the team. He or She should understand your vision with perfect clarity so that each step taken by the team is ensuring to make that vision come to life.
2. What about periodical demonstrations of shippable software?
Your team should offer you the periodical demonstration of shippable software (ready for the market) with all the coding, bug-fixing and testing complete. It’s a final product that’s ready to be in user’s hand, but it won’t be just yet. You will be presented with this demo, every 3-4 weeks so you can have an idea about your apps’ features & functionality in a cohesive manner. Once you are satisfied with all the aspects of your custom mobile application development, your team should be able to release this app within a week or so. Apple App Store takes time to manually review your app before publishing it, while your app is available on Google Play within a few hours.
3: What do mobile app development process you practice?
Your app development partner should have no doubts about your business needs and the preferences of your target audience if they are to engineer a first-rate mobile app for you. You should ask your company if they are to use agile development methodology to create your app. (It is a solid strategy in almost all cases with a few exceptions).
However, in projects where agile is feasible, it should always be exercised. It gives you an opportunity to conduct short-term sprints that will enable the team to continue testing and iterating, so you won't have to keep such a close watch on the whole project.
4: Can I change priorities during the project?
Oft time it happens that your app idea needs adjustments while in production. It is only inevitable for an idea to evolve to better fit the reality. It also happens; that during the testing phase, users display favor to a certain feature that you hadn't considered important or were saving for a future version. Changes happen all the time and you should make sure beforehand, that your app developers will be able to adjust to these changes with efficiency.
5: Can you show me some of your past projects?
Sure, you chose a potential mobile application development company based on the stellar market reputation it enjoys. However, it is always a good idea to check out the company’s portfolio, case studies and maybe even download an app created by them. You can use it to familiarize yourself with their style and can somewhat predict how efficient your app will be. We are all for you to encourage startups and give them a chance, but you cannot undermine the benefits of experience. A vendor with an array of prosperous app development projects is likely to raise your chances of successful app launch.
6: How will your firm incorporate schedule changes?
Like we said, as a client, you can always change your mind about what functionality should your app offers. Nevertheless, your partner should always offer the updated schedule as soon as the changes are finalized to keep the custom mobile app development on an organized track. With such a large-scale investment, you cannot afford to not know when your project will be ready.
7: Will you be given exact dates or an estimate
There is no algorithm yet invented that could accurately predict the date of a software project completion, given all the unforeseen situations that can happen. However, there are some proven methods that can predict the estimated EFFORT required for a custom software development project. So as a client you should ask for a time window rather than an exact date since its almost exactly going to be wrong.
9: Will I own the source code?
For startups and non-technical app development clients, we suggest not opting to own the source code as it puts them in a vulnerable position. How may you ask? Since you are unable to maintain and update the app yourself you are likely to hire a developer, which means having an outsider having a complete control over your app (not to mention it is expensive). That's not an advisable position to put yourself into. You should, however, secure a strict NDA Non-Disclosure Agreement with your mobile app development agency to secure your interests.
If you'd rather own the code of your own app, you should hire a dedicated developer form a reputable source and have him sign an NDA as well.
10: What kind of support will you be offered once your app is released?
When your app is available at the app store, it’s only but the first step. End users might require you to improve your features and fix bugs, which means post mobile app deployment support should be available. Your agency should be able to answer the problems that arise after the app is launched.
Raising questions like these before you sign an agreement can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Also, as the owner, you should know how your project will adapt to market demands while keeping the maintenance costs in check.