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In this article, we will give you some advice and tasks you should get done before you pick your next software house. Many of those might sound obvious, but let us share our point of view. Sometimes, as the guys on the other side, we see some mistakes from companies or startups that are searching for a software house. Here below, 5 things you need to do before your choice.
1.Meet the team
Yeah, this is the most obvious thing. You always do calls or exchange emails with the POC in the company you want as a partner. But in the software house world, it happens very frequently that the one you want isn’t in your city so you’ll be working with them remotely. In this case, it’s very important to understand what kind of team you’ll be working with. If they are responsive, helpful, if they give you kind advice for a better solution, in most cases you’re in front of a good team.
2.Make comparisons and ask for opinions
At this point, you had several meetings with the most various teams and maybe you have the last tournament with a couple of companies in charge of winning the match. We suggest having a look at their portfolio and see if the technology they use, the process they adopt and their specialities fit your needs. What is at the top of the list of their offers should match with the product you want. Also, you should use the product they have released or ask for an opinion from their old clients.
3.Find a win-win solution
This is a very important point: not all software houses work in the same way. The small companies, in order to get more clients and expand their portfolio, offer their services at lower prices, but maybe they don’t have all the professionals they need to release the product in time.
Big companies ask you to pay more for their service: they have a lot of experience, they have the professionals, they have the time but they’re most likely the people that don’t involve you in the process of development and since they’re overloaded with work, sometimes communications between parts are lacking. But given that these are not monolithic rules, we suggest going to point 1 and 2 and find the best solution for you.
4.Validate your idea with your partner
Sometimes, we had clients that were super sure of the value of the idea they had, the technology they wanted, the type of product, the number of users, market needs and all.
As a team composed of developers, project managers, business developers, marketers, it’s our duty to release something that respects the expectations of the client but that is functional and also that makes sense for the goal it should achieve. The team you rely on should discuss your idea, help you in pre-analysis, put all the efforts and skills to build the perfect roadmap, and offer the best solutions to lead it through the path of success.
5. Instill what matters to you
Communication is very important for both parts: you should tell everything you feel inside and the other team should listen and make your dream come true. When you collaborate with a software house, you are like sides of the same coin and what will result from this collaboration will be proof of the success for both of you.