An SDLC could take a year or longer. Time and money could go do waste because of potential setbacks. We interviewed clients, checked company reviews, and even called companies ourselves and asked what they could do for our pretend projects.
This is what we learned:
If the custom software development company readily admits uncertainty early on and points out potential mistakes in your software plan and requirements through honest communication, it’s easier to resolve issues on time. Your users and your future on the market are a priority, not your potentially unrealistic or damaging ideas.
Transparency in the development process, frequently deployed
Imagine you had a misunderstanding during the software development planning phase. Without you knowing, the development team might build their own interpretation of your requirements. Frequent communication during every phase stops this from happening. That’s why every software development firm we listed lets you in on their progress regularly.
Realistic approach to client ambitions
We stayed away from companies who agreed with all of our requirements and kept assuring us everything is doable. It’s not, and making big promises is a sign of poor quality. A realistic requirement analysis and knowledge of the industry is key for creating a successful, productive plan, and that’s why working with an experienced company that has integrity is a priority.
Outsourcing software development companies?
All of the companies listed are located in the US; however, some work with outsourced teams. We are here to assure you that, either way, you don’t have to worry. We thoroughly checked team communication and organization tools in every company, and both will serve your needs equally well. The company and team communication aspect was important for the overall company evaluation. Software development is a long, complex, and demanding process, and team cooperation dramatically affects the entire production. Some companies also hire freelance software developers, but this is no challenge for a well-connected team.
They use the best collaboration channels
Asana, Dapulse, Trello, and Slack make communication easier. The manager has to keep track of development among different parts of the software. If part of the product is behind schedule, they have to rearrange resources or even hire new people to finish a particular component. Usually software components are dependent on one another, and if one is falling behind, it can affect the whole project. Software development agencies’ managers need to keep an eye on these dependencies and how these may affect the overall progress of the project.
They give clear, accurate, and elaborate answers
During the interview phase of our company evaluation, we ask multiple, complex, tedious questions and observe the company’s response. Kindness, extensive knowledge, and patience were a huge evaluation factor. You’ll have to talk to these people for a while, and enjoying quality cooperation is vital.
Adherence to deadlines
The manager usually coordinates with the software developers to set reasonable deadlines for certain features. The deadlines set by a software development firm, once set, have to conform to the product delivery timelines. Even though we already warned you that development lasts longer than expected almost every time, we made sure the listed companies’ rough completion estimations were realistic.