Trusting your idea to a mobile app development company situated in a far-away land, sometimes even across the ocean, may sound risky — especially if it’s your first experience with remote development.
You’re picturing people speaking indecipherable languages, living who-knows-where and writing code in some strange, foreign manner. You imagine it will take a lifetime to learn to trust them.
The picture in your mind may be troubling. But remote development shouldn’t be a scary experience. We’re here, and we’re a mobile app development team you can rely on! We know you have doubts, and that’s why I’m writing this post. We sat down and tried to look at the app development experience from the point of view of a customer hoping to find a great mobile app development outsourcing company.
Here are six ways that you can vet an app development company you’re considering doing business with.
Give them a test task
An app development company can prove they have the expertise you need by completing a technical assignment. If the team is as great as they say they are, then proving themselves shouldn’t be a problem. A developer’s time is valuable, so the test you give to a mobile app development team should take no more than two days. At the same time, it should be complex enough to be meaningful. After all, you need these programmers to demonstrate their ability to do develop a high-quality product.
Look at the apps they have developed
A trustworthy company will provide you with a list of apps they’ve previously developed. You can personally see how those products work, and decide if the portfolio persuades you that the team can handle your request.
Ask for references from their previous clients
If an app development company is reliable, they should have a list of clients who are willing to say a few words about their overall performance. All you have to do is ask for contacts and reach out to them. Some previous clients of your potential development team may even happen to live nearby, which is actually surprisingly common when we’re talking about app development studies that operate on the global market.
Based on our own experience, clients specify their requirements in a variety of ways. They may specify requirements by providing a description of features, a detailed ten-page specification, a link to a similar app on the App Store, mind maps, or wireframes. Sometimes the “requirement specification” the client comes to you with may be nothing at all. Therefore, it’s up to a development team to prepare the requirements samples in a clear and comprehensive manner, and to approve them with the client. We believe that the best way to get a full picture of the project before development starts is to draw a mind map and design wireframes.
Check out our article about product design that describes the approach to informational architecture that we advocate. Here is an example of wireframes for one of the most popular projects: telegram_wireframes.
Also check out: What is wrong with Telegram open source code?
You want to invest in a product that works. Therefore, the product should be properly tested before it gets released. If a company is reliable, they will do their best to minimize the number of bugs in your application. Unfortunately, no software is entirely bug-free. If a mobile app development team guarantees a “bug-free” product, you should question that claim. Here’s a piece we’ve written about our approach to testing and what we mean by the term “bug minimization.”
Remote collaboration always involves difficulty with communication. The question is how the development team is going to handle those difficulties. How well will you communicate during the development process? Are they willing to hear from you as often as you need? Will you chat over Skype? By phone? By email? Will you share documents via Dropbox? Can you submit your functionality requirements and interact via BaseCamp? Jira? How often will they provide you with status updates? These details should all be clarified before you sign the contract.
If there is something more that you would like to know about how to vet a mobile app development team, please let us know. We’d be glad to answer all your questions and start a trustworthy business relationship.