“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger
Same goes when hiring software development partner. Questions are vital to come to an understanding with a potential development partner.
We probably can’t cover all them but here are several questions that should not be missed.
What does the development process look like in your company?
Do they start with a thorough research? Do they offer a Proof of Concept? Do they optimize the flow and the UX? Those are all indicators of an approach your potential partner takes when handling similar projects.
Could you show me some references and case studies?
Asking for some details regarding the referred projects, reading reviews and searching for the opinions – those are all standard steps to be taken in order to make sure you are choosing the partner that will deliver highest quality service, on time, within your budget.
What pricing model can I choose?
Different companies have different needs when it comes to software development and choosing the right engagement model plays an important role, whether it is Fixed Price, Time & Material, Dedicated Development Team or some hybrid model.
Can I adjust my feature set and specifications during the project?
Having a clear understanding how the potential development partner will handle the upcoming changes and how it will impact the budget and delivery time is critical.
What is your communication process?
Communication can sometimes be a deal breaker for software development projects so it’s important to be on the same page regarding communication channels and availability.