Bespoke Software company can be daunting for those who have never been involved in it before. Software development is often a big investment when you’re doing it for the first time and it’s important to realise that it’s not just about coding.
Software development is about knowing your own business and then giving your software development company a very clear insight into your company too.
1. Know your business inside out
The first thing to do is ask yourself about why you need it and what you’re hoping to achieve from completing your software development project. It may seem obvious to you, but in reality companies have a huge variety of expectations from their software development company.
You need to make sure your software development goals are specific and measurable and that they really support the highest objectives of your company. Your software development partner will be able to help you with this when you’re working together, but it’s still important for you to consider it before you do anything else.
Once you’re clear on your goals, you can start to think about what to expect during your software development project. What will it be like and how will you know if it’s going well?
2. Upfront consultation with your software development company
You can expect there to be a lot of consultation and discussion before the actual software development begins. This is important because any good software development company will tell you that if they begin coding before getting a lot of clarity on the end result then there’ll be time and money wasted for everyone involved.
They’ll need to learn a lot about your company, how it works, who is involved and what is blocking you from meeting your business objectives. To do this they’ll be asking you a lot of questions and also asking to meet other key stakeholders in your business. They may well ask you very direct questions about how your business works and it’s important to be as honest with your software development company as you would be with your business partner! They need accurate information in order to build the right product for you.