How to Effectively Outsource Mobile App Development

With the lack of mobile app developers in the U.S., onshore mobile app development certainly doesn’t come cheap. As a result, many companies look elsewhere to receive the services they’re looking for, and as such, outsourcing app development is often the next logical choice.

You may be aware of some of the risks associated with outsourcing software development. However, if you take the necessary steps to select the best team for the job, you can effectively outsource your mobile app development, and for a fraction of the cost of most onshore teams.

1. Ask what makes their team unique.

Just as with any good interview, you’ll want to know what makes the candidate different from the competition. Whether you’re talking to your potential team’s project manager or lead developer, this gives them the opportunity to share what qualities set their team apart.

2. Request a portfolio of apps they’ve created.

Businessman Discussing Mobile Features with an Offshore Mobile App Developer

Once you’ve established who they are as a team, it’s important to see a few examples of their work, as this gives you an idea of what they’re capable of producing. Keep in mind, however, that most teams won’t have developed an app exactly like the one you’re envisioning.

Instead, take this as an opportunity to look for examples of the key features you’re looking for, from payment gateway integration or social media integration to potential UI/UX design concepts.

3. Discuss features you’d like to see in your app.

Now that you know what your team can do, it’s time to share what you expect out of your mobile app. This will give the project manager or developer a better idea of your project.

Not only that, but this will give them the opportunity to discuss similar projects they’ve worked on in the past (if applicable), which will further sharpen your understanding of the team’s capabilities.

4. Learn about their development process.

While it’s important for an onshore team to take an organized approach to the mobile app development process, it’s even more critical for an offshore team to do so. Since offshore teams work remotely, a process helps to ensure that your project will be done right and right on time.

In line with process, consider asking who manages their projects. Management for these teams might include senior developers or project managers. You might also want to inquire about the management’s level of involvement in the completion of the project.

5. Clarify how they provide quality assurance.

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While this should be covered when discussing process, you’ll certainly want to verify that quality assurance (QA) will be provided. One aspect of offering QA is applying a certain strategy to one’s process, such as waterfall, agile, or scrum.

In addition to taking a specific approach, there is often someone on the team who reviews the product before the client receives it, such as a project manager or more experienced developers. Consider asking who plays this role on their team, or if anyone does at all.

6. Discuss how they handle time zone differences.

Another process-related issue that shouldn’t go undiscussed is how time zone differences are handled. If not addressed properly, time zone differences have the potential to negatively impact your ability to communicate with your team or even the development of your project.

Your team should already be familiar with creating schedules to ensure that you receive the updates you need, regardless of timezone differences. If not, this team may not be the best choice for your project.

7. Find out if they offer beta-testing.

According to Tech Crunch, one in four users remove an app from their phone after trying it once. That being said, it would certainly be a shame if a user deleted your app from their phone because it had a bug, and not because they didn’t like the app itself.

That’s why it’s so valuable to ask your team if they offer beta-testing and to what extent. Beta testing should check for potential errors in the back-end to potential issues with the user experience.

8. Verify if they will submit your app to the app store.

Unless you’ve built an app in the past, it’s likely that you’re not entirely familiar with the process of submitting an app to the app store. With this in mind, ask your team about their familiarity with the app store submission and approval process for both Google Play and the App Store.

9. Discuss the potential for post-launch maintenance.

Businesswoman Sharing Her Vision with an Offshore Mobile App Developer

A mobile app is much like your car—it requires regular maintenance to function as it should. Especially if you don’t have an in-house IT team, you’ll need to verify whether you can purchase a license from your team in order to receive regular updates and bug fixes.

In addition, you may want to ask about if their offerings include: app hosting, monitoring and running crash analytics, and app store optimization.

10. Request an estimate for your project.

Once you’ve received your answers to the prior questions, you’ll want to request an estimate for your project. When working with an offshore team, it’s important to consider the timeline of your project alongside the cost.

In some cases, the savings are not worth the extended timeline. However, if their timeline is within your anticipated deadline, the money you’ll save will likely be worth the wait.

Looking for an Offshore Team of Mobile App Developers?

We hope that these questions will help you to select the right mobile app development team for your project. Many of these questions have been based upon the processes and services our team offers.

Rather than entirely outsourcing your services, consider hiring a team like ours. At ClikGlobal, we bring together U.S. project management with offshore development. That way, we can provide businesses like yours with cost-effective mobile app development services.