5 ways of determining a good Software Development Partner

5 ways of determining a good Software Development Partner

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Daven Michaels

New York Times Bestselling Author, 30-year business veteran, and Executive Chairman of CurrentC Group.

Before now, outsourcing was primarily meant for only budgetary reasons. Today, outsourcing reasons had gone way beyond that! In recent times, we have companies that have outsourced for talents as well.

The question now is how can one go through the large score of qualified partners and make the right choice? In other to make things look pretty easier for you, you have to TRUST your outsourcing partner otherwise they may likely not give you the required quality production.

These are following will means to get the needed software development partner:

1 – Do Not Speed Through RFPs

Do not speed through the RFPs (Request for Proposal). Look at the following things that you will consider in order to move ahead successfully:

  • Investigate on the clients that your potential developer has done works in the past and see if there are any references.
  • Figure out their level of experience in the industry.
  • How many projects have they handled and what was the result?
  • Select a suitable partner based on your assessments of their previous performances.

2 – Appreciate their tact in overcoming difficulties

Selecting a software development partner must be based on their ability to handle any eventuality. They must be accountable, transparent and proactive. More importantly, they must be always available for discussions as the project is being executed.

Find out their view on miscommunications. If the company denies that it has not experienced miscommunications, that is a lie. Look for another competent partner.

3 – Ask for what they intend to offer as Value-added Services

Have a thorough discussion with the members of the team and uncover their technical proficiencies. Ask them about their technicalities, management strategies, maintenance of code qualities, and if their services are in line with your business requirements.

Determine to have the best practices like estimation, QA/Testing, Code simplicity, Code Coherence, and Reviews.

4 – Consider If Your Partner Will Improve Your Business

You have to be alert to know if your partner is willing to bring positive changes to your business by getting to the core of your business and moving ahead with the development of the project. The partner is reluctant to discuss your company’s background and then quit the partner.

5 – Keep an eye on the Contract Negotiations

This is the last phase of the process and it is very crucial. If your partner gives you a sign that they are desperate to have the contract by quoting a very low price, it indicates their inability to handle unforeseen situations. Just kick them out! Otherwise, ensure that they cover relevant aspects to the realization of the project.


Always be very careful at choosing whom to work with as your partner. Let the tips above be your guide as you try to engage a partner in the contract. Remember that the decisions you take may make or mar your chances of getting to the desired goals of your project.

Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! Inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.

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