5 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Software Development Firm

Finding the right software partner isn’t an exact science. There are a lot of different methodologies and languages for building software. You need to find someone you trust. You need a process in place for receiving and reviewing milestones throughout the project as they are met. You need to understand how a transition period will work if you intend to hire your own developers at some point.

It’s important to chose wisely, especially when you’re building a new product. Crafting the right strategy is half of the battle.

We’ve put together 5 suggested questions, when you’re interviewing a new software development firm:

  1. Will it scale? No one builds a new software product assuming it won’t ever be used. But, sometimes, products get unexpected success early. You need to understand how your software will scale. Explain your growth goals, how you plan to get there, and ask questions about how the software will match that.
  2. How do you decide which frameworks or languages to use? What are your in-house philosophies? The technology language your firm uses to build your product will stick with you. If you plan to transition it in-house in the future, you need to understand from the beginning which engineers you’ll be looking to hire. How a firm chooses to approach a project can tell you a lot about them.
  3. How do you measure success throughout the project? Everyone wants to know the timeframe for the project. Projects are known for running longer than expected. Measuring timeliness throughout the project sets everyone up for success. Ask how your firm measures success throughout the project and what you can expect at various phases.
  4. Why your team? Sometimes you get the best responses from the simplest questions.
  5. What should my expectations be? This question is an easy way to tell if you’re are on the same page.

Interested in talking about a new product with our team, shoot us a message.

Originally published at blog.motionmobs.com on January 26, 2016.