Your business is growing and development needs to keep up with the pace? Your in-house team needs some additional support? You are in search of a software development partner but afraid you’ll end up paying more than you bargained for? No worries! Not all software development projects have to cost 100,000€.
Here’s a detailed guide that will help you navigate the entire process successfully.
Things You Should Know Before Finding a Partner
1. Consultation is for free
You read that right. When you approach us for your project, there is no fixed charge for consultation. Our technical and business team will provide you all the advice you need to make your project a success without charging anything upfront.
2. Free cost estimates
The first rough estimations about the cost and timeframe can be done for free and quite quickly without asking you to jump through hoops or making you sign a single document. We want to make the process as hassle free as possible.
3. No idea is stupid
So don’t be shy. Come over or give us a call and we can talk it through. If you see there is a problem a machine could solve, we are here to help.
4. Know your goal
We can’t provide advice until we know exactly what goal you are trying to achieve. Of course, we can help refine your goal but the best results come when the clients know what they are trying to achieve. Knowing all the details is not a prerequisite for a meet up (it becomes more clear in the estimation and analysis phase). But the more clear it is and the better the development team is informed, the cheaper the project will be.
5. Starting with just an idea
If you have an idea about something that could improve your business but not sure how to implement it, we are here to help with the architecture, design, solutions. We can brainstorm together and turn that idea into a concrete framework.
6. Know the problem
We will help you figure out the HOW but you will need to know the WHAT in order to maximize the chances of success.
7. Having someone technical
If there is someone technical from your side, it is helpful but most IT companies know how to talk both in a technical and business language. However, it is best to have someone technical on both sides to make the exchange of ideas and information easier.
Things That Are Expected from You
1. Understanding your needs
The more clear understanding you have of the project the better it is but it does not mean that you cannot seek help with just a rough idea – we are here to help you figure it out. We understand that all business owners or department heads are not well versed with the technical side of things so we make sure to convey all the technical solutions in way that is easy to understand.
2. Visualising what you really need
A clear vision of how the processes should work in needed software helps a lot. As a development partner, we can help extract your vision to an extent but an input from the client side is definitely needed.
3. Workflow sketches
Sketches of the workflow are really useful in determining the project scope as well as the architecture, solutions, and tools that will be needed to complete the project. A visual representation of what’s needed is always better than describing it in words or through sounds especially when you are not technically well versed.
Choosing a Partner
Estonia – which is said to have one of the best education systems in Europe – is a hub of digital innovation. Rightly so, it is called the Silicon Valley of Europe. There is no shortage of top-notch computer science and software talent in this small, Northern European country.
Since there are plenty of cost-effective development partners to be found here, it is crucial to know what key values you should look at, when finalizing a partner:
1. Case studies
Most companies have or (at least they should have) case studies of projects they have successfully undertaken in the past on their website. Going through them in detail will give you a solid idea of the technical ability of your potential partner. Look for companies that have worked on projects similar to the one you are looking to start.
2. Professional background
Further evaluate your potential partner by checking out the professional work experience and educational background of their core team. If they come from reputable universities or well known companies, it is always a good sign.
While reading case studies and knowing the background gives you a good idea of what to expect from your potential partner, nothing can replace a recommendation or reference of someone you trust. If you have a business partner or a colleague that has the first hand experience of working with a particular firm, ask them about their candid experience of working with them and then make your final decision.
How to Get Realistic Estimations?
Once the initial estimation is done, it needs to be validated. It is important to know if the means available cover the actual business needs. As mentioned earlier, it is essential to have someone technical on the client side that can make sense of the estimates provided and convey it effectively to the business.
If the whole project is too expensive, it is possible to start with an MVP. This way, the basic idea can already be tested at minimal cost and once validated, it can be refined further once there are more financial possibilities down the line.
To sum it up, having a clear understanding of the project scope right from the start, setting clear expectations based on the available budget and doing proper due diligence in selecting a development partner are the foremost things that can make or break your project. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to discuss your software development needs!