Whether you plan to outsource app development out of the country or just out of your state, here are five mistakes that you can avoid to make your outsourced project a success.
Outsourcing mobile app development can help you save on money, while giving your company an increase in flexibility. However, outsourcing does have its pitfalls, especially if it is your first time at outsourcing app development.
Here are the five most common mistakes that outsourcers make when working with an external service provider. Read on to find out what to look out for when you outsource mobile app development.
Mistake one: Not accounting for the difference in time zones
Even though we live in a global marketplace, there are still hurdles to overcome. If your mobile development team is not online when you are doing business, you may have to find yourself waiting an entire day, before your issues are resolved. If you have a question that needs an answer, you may not get answer until the next day. Such holdups can push back your deadline. To make this work, you can either hire a team who works the same hours that you do or try adjusting your schedule to reduce the delay in time.
Mistake two: Inadequate functional tests in the environment of the end user
To ensure that your mobile app performs well, you have to include testing procedures that mimic the scenarios encountered by real end-users. This may be a problem, if your outsourced team has to hard-code several use cases. For instance, an app that uses GPS data has to be tested in the locations that it is designed for. Do not make your users pay for bugs that should have been evident during testing. Instead, ask the service provider to use emulators or VPNs to negate the problem of working with an overseas team.
Mistake three: Outsourcing to service providers that are behind on the latest trends
If you plan to outsource the development of your user interface or user experience, ensure that the service provider understands the latest tech trends, the best practices and the mobile app culture of your region. Ask the team to avoid using workflows, interfaces or customs unique to their local area, as this can create a major problem. There should not be any disconnect with how your users experience your app. To make the best of outsourcing, only work with developers who have worked on projects that are similar to yours.
Mistake four: Engaging a project manager with poor communication skills
Proper communication is one of the key factors in app development. A language barrier can make the communication all the more difficult. It is of utmost importance that the people you work with understand even the fine details of your project. Otherwise you will not get the desired results. Start off with a small trial project to find out how the provider’s deliverables will match your requirements.
Mistake five: Not protecting your source code
Do not make the mistake of assuming that all outsourcing locations abide by patent and trademark laws. India, for instance, has no such laws. There are other countries too, where even outsourcing contract clauses cannot be enforced. Even if you have signed a NDA agreement, it would be wise to split up your source code into independent sections, limit the access to your database and forbid the sharing of confidential material. Such steps can reduce the risk of facing such problems.
If you understand the risks associated with outsourcing app development and take the necessary precautions to mitigate them, outsourcing mobile app services can not only be beneficial, but also help your enterprise lower costs.
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