Working on a project with someone else is not as easy as it may sound. You can work by your rules and ideas while the project is solely under your supervision but things will change as soon as someone else gets involved. Here we are sharing with you a few tips for you to keep in mind while outsourcing iPhone App development.
1. Be Professional
Be professional right from the beginning, this is very important for any business that you and your partner are professional right from the beginning of the project. Otherwise, you might find yourself compromising on aptness and quality of your project which you wouldn’t want to happen. Make sure the first impression you establish on the developer is of that client who is professional and will not compromise on anything less than what is expected of the developer but don’t be rude. Your first impression actually begins when you post a job ad. Your post should sound professional so that not only it attracts potential developers but they do take you seriously and would make sure to give their best to the project.
2. Don’t Choose Your Developer Based on Price Alone
If you have posted your ad on a website where developers will bid to get the project then be careful and don’t get carried away by the lowest bids. That might just be a number game where some developers would be trying to get the work simply because they didn’t have anything to do in the past few months. Don’t settle on low prices and bad quality work instead narrow down your choices based on their portfolios and feedback given by the customers. Note down the ones who have good reviews on similar projects as yours and look for their projects which are live and running, you can judge them a lot better this way. If you are still not sure about one, ask for contact information of people or agencies who have worked with them, they certainly will give you but if they are reluctant then drop them off the list.
3. Communication is Important
Maintaining a successful communication relationship is crucial to any project that you and the developer undertake. It can either make or break the development of the app, therefore do not bother with ways of communications which are not so quick because it is annoying. Use an instant communication service such as email or Skype etc. Also make sure, you can access the previous chat between you and the developer on any of the forum you use, it will things easier for you in future when you have to quote someone. Another important thing to decide beforehand is the time of communication. Most probably the developer will be living in some other part of the world and you are living somewhere else, therefore figure out a common time that suits both of you when you can discuss progress reports with him.
4. Give Details
Another golden rule to a successful project for both of you to follow is to be on one page. If you have only thought about how your app is going to work and have not considered it important to communicate it to the developer then you may be up for some surprises on your journey. Of course they know what your project is about and what it would be like from the ad you posted but then again they do not know the small little details which actually can make a huge difference either you tell them or not. There are two ways you can communicate your ideas to them, one is to make a flow chart using pictures, arrows and text to show them what you exactly want to see and if you cannot do that, tell them verbally and they will draw it for themselves. They might even have a ready-made flow chart with them already so ask for it and save you as well as the developer from any kind of bad experience.
5. Know When To Expect Your First Iteration
Part of the development process is to get an early version of your app and test it while it is under construction to see how it works. Now what will you get depends on the developer, he might give you a really early version stripped off all the fancy stuff or he might wait until he can show you something presentable. Either way, it’s fine. But get back to them with your reservations and ideas in time once you have checked the initial version. Don’t be hesitant and feel free to email the developer asking about when you should expect the first version of your app.
6. Get An iPhone or iPod Touch!
Things were exactly like this before in time when Apple’s products weren’t so popular among the masses. Testing the apps wasn’t as easy as it is now. Showing an app working on a recorded video and testing it in person on a device does make a huge difference therefore do yourself a favour by purchasing an iPhone or iPad before you get your first version of the app to test. Since you are entering into the iPhone apps business, you should have one too not only to test your apps but to keep an eye on your competition too.
7. Expect Mistakes and Have Them Removed
Don’t be discouraged with the initial versions of your app even if they don’t look or work the way you want them to. This is the whole point of getting a perfect app. Test the initial version as comprehensively as you can, check all the combination of buttons, pages, links etc and write down the mistakes you see, the bugs that shouldn’t be there. Be detailed in every aspect. Check the app’s speed, performance, graphics, looks, everything. Compile all of this in an email and send it to your developer, be detailed in what you communicate. They will expect you to be detailed because they require as much information from you as possible otherwise they might have to redo which they appreciate much.
8. Be friendly!
Being a developer and working tirelessly all day with a deadline hanging over your head like a sword isn’t appealing at all. They have a tough job to do and your responsibility as a client is to be nice, friendly and appreciative with them. There is a nice way to point out mistakes and get your job done and then there is a rude way of pointing out things. Don’t be rude to them because nobody likes hearing all complaints at the end of the day. Say what you like about their work and you think can be better. This attitude really makes a difference.
9. Remember You Are The Boss
Be friendly but don’t be over-friendly. You shouldn’t let the developer control you rather you should be the one controlling them. If they miss a deadline and you are ok with that, they might get encouraged to do that again. Be clear that you cannot afford missing deadlines. If you have asked them a couple of times to add a certain feature to your app and they are delaying it, be firm. Neither you being rude nor the developer’s non-serious attitude is acceptable.
10. Leave FeedBack
Nothing can make you happier than having the final version of your app running in front you. But don’t forget to give the things to the mobile app developer that he deserves: his final payment and an honest feedback. Leaving a feedback not only encourages the developer but also helps prospect clients to judge that developer based on his work.10 Tips For Outsourcing iPhone App Development by Fizzah Iqbal