The annual Mobile App download is estimated to reach $258 Billion by 2022 and the use of mobile apps is 57% of all our daily internet usage.
This data is huge to process and every organization is aiming to build its mobile app. But, the development process is not as easy as it sounds. It requires extensive research and planning which can be a difficult task if your core activities don't include mobile app development.
There are many big companies that have outsourced these kinds of projects to third parties. But, organizations make lots of mistakes while outsourcing.
In this article, we are going to talk about some of those mistakes.
8 Mistakes to avoid while outsourcing Mobile App Development
#Mistake 1: Poor research
Getting on a video call or seeing wonderful and exciting PPTs made by the outsourced company is not called research.
Everyone will show you their best side but you must go deep into finding a few things:
Proper research will help you in the long run, and you will not let you regret your decision. So, before you outsource, research about these things and then go with the one that seems satisfactory.
#Mistake 2:Choosing a company with high difference in time zones
This might not feel that much of importance but it actually plays a very important role if you are outsourcing.
A hiring company with a high difference in time zone might disturb the working environment and delay the deadline for your work. You will have to wait for their response every time, and this can be really hectic to manage.
Hence, you can look for companies that run in double shifts so that neither of the parties has to compromise their valuable time. Or, you can hire one from the same country as yours or from a country with not much time difference.
Trust me, it will help you and your employees work efficiently and maintain their mental health as well.
#Mistake 3:Not giving emphasis to proper communication
If you have hired a developer who doesn’t speak or understand your language then, this will cause a lot of confusion. And instead of making the process stress free, it will make it more stressful.
This is why you should always look for companies and developers that speak and understand your language. This way, you would be able to communicate every detail of the project to the other party.
Proper communication about the project and telling them about your vision helps the outsourcing party to work strategically and they will be able to efficiently complete your tasks before the deadline.
#Mistake 4:Trust issues with the developers
If it’s your first time in the field of outsourcing, then it’s normal to have trust issues with the developer initially.
However, this must not persist in the long run. You need to show confidence in them, if you have fully researched and have found the company or individuals suitable to complete your task, then let them show their result.
Besides, avoid over follow-ups with the developers. It can make the environment stressful between both parties, which you would not want to happen.
#Mistake 5:Inefficient planning
Lack of proper planning can cause intensive dangers in the long run. Your planning should start when you decide that you want to outsource tasks.
You should be ready with your chart of “next steps” that you will do while looking for an outsourcing partner. And, even after the selection, it is necessary to make them part of your vision and what you want.
Both parties can have cumulative planning on how they will make your vision come into reality. To make it happen, it's better to talk to them about your expectations, the issues you are facing at present, and listen to their point of view before coming to a conclusion on how to proceed.
#Mistake 6:Constraining budget
Excellency comes with a price and if you want to develop a mobile app then you need a developer who is experienced in its field and can understand what you are trying to say and what is the final result you are expecting.
Now, if you want to find someone who does their work that efficiently then your budget should match your expectations. Avoid choosing money over skills because an expert will bring a lot of money than you have even invested in them.
So, don't look for ‘cheaper alternatives’; instead, go for affordable or reasonable pricing that you invest in outsourcing if you want to see the results.
#Mistake 7:Not reviewing codes
This is the most important point to take care of while outsourcing work for your mobile app development. Trusting the developer is OK, but you should weekly ask for codes to run so that you are all satisfied with the quality of work you are getting.
You should check the codes that have been sent and if they are working in all kinds of applications whether it’s Android or iOS. Manual codes can be reviewed for technical faults of the syntax, structure, or any other important information that’s missing.
It will be the primary screening of the project. And static codes can run by different sources to check whether the codes are running. In case you are unable to run those codes, you can contact your app developer. It will maintain open communication between both parties and things become clearer.
#Mistake 8:Lack of proper feedback
Tracking progress is very crucial to provide quality work and achieving deadlines. Proper feedback is not just telling they are good or bad at their assigned task, but it’s defining the exact reasons behind your agreement or disagreement.
Mention what’s missing, and what needs to change. Pointing out things will help the outsourcing party be clear of what your expectations are and where the developers need to improve.
#Mistake 9: Not able to convey the exact requirements
Many organizations fail to convey their exact requirements to the companies they are outsourcing to. As a result, the results they expect never gets fulfilled, and they end up wasting their time and resources.
To avoid this, make a list of what you want from the app and the purpose it will solve for the people. Include the tiniest detail from the color palettes to enabling high tech codes for your application.
Proper communication from both sides will be very helpful in getting the result you thought of in your mind.
#Mistake 10: Not including after launch support in the contract
All the mistakes mentioned above deal with the problems before the launch of the product, but complexities can arise even after successful running of the product in the market.
Every business needs to include after delivery services when you are outsourcing such an important element in the business. It is possible that your app could get attacked by bugs, or the code isn’t working the way you wanted it to work.
Hence, always include after launch support in your contract to avoid any confusion in your project.
We hope that you now have a clear view of what mistakes you can avoid while outsourcing mobile app development, and how you can avoid them.
If you are still in double minds, look at some of the successful examples.
Big companies that have been profited by effective outsourcing
The market of mobile apps is estimated to reach $586 Billion by the end of 2020, and no organization should refrain from such a diverse and fulfilling market.
Your incapability to expand your internal team cannot be your reason to stop from connecting to your prospective customers through your mobile app, if you utilize the power of outsourcing well.
It will help you get the results you are looking for as you can work with experienced people on your applications who know your exact requirements along with all the do’s and don'ts.