The road to software outsourcing and development is one that is filled with myriad challenges and complexities. A huge percentage of outsourced software projects are go uncompleted after the companies have pumped in thousands of dollars into the software development process. It is money gone down the drain as long as no software is delivered at the end of the day.
Outsourcing is no magic wand. Software projects do not just turn out well because you have outsourced them. According to statistics, outsourcing software development tasks often results in failure and disappointment 50% of the time. But it is still a popular channel for building software if you lack the in-house expertise or the resources to put up a high-powered software development team.
Since companies’ software outsourcing budgets are increasing by the year, the benefits of outsourcing software development no doubt outweigh the negatives. The challenge therefore is to ensure that software outsourcing works for you. That you are part of the 50% that get it right.
Here is a simple guide on how to navigate these complexities. It must start with choosing the right company to handle your software development needs. But as you will see, your close partnership and direction is also required that your software development projects are concluded successfully.
Start by scoping out the software development project
What is the scope of your project? Why are you implementing the software development project in the first place? What economic or efficiency benefits will you derive by developing the software. You must put the business case for the software development in order to ensure that it will generate value for your business.
Look at the potential cost savings that you will realize from the software development and how it will help in streamlining processes. The second aspect of the scoping apart from the business case is to define the scope of the actual software development cycle.
What do you want to build? Describe the technical specifications and the features that you want to unlock with the software tool. Without defining a proper scope early on, you bare likely to grapple with disputes with your developers along with the cost overruns.
Some of the technical things that you should define in the scope of the software project include the business purpose of the software, the functionalities and features that you will need, the performance requirements of the software and the technology, platforms and integration requirements of the software tool.
Manage the process of achieving software outsourcing deliverables
Process management is concerned with how you are going to control the outsourced software development project. It is important to define the team structure, have the tools to manage and monitor software development progress, ensure quality assurance during the software development process and have a mechanism for interactive communications during the product development cycles.
Manage the actors in the software outsourcing project
Several people should participate in the software development process ranging from your staff members to the customers and the outsourcing firm. How are you are going to manage all the actors to ensure their input and contributions and are factored into the software development process?
With this approach, you will be able to complete your outsourced software development projects with incredible success rates.