How to Manage the Outsourcing of a Software Development Project?
Choosing to outsource software development instead of managing it in-house is often a decision that takes a lot of work off your plate. At the same time, you need to be concerned with the managerial role that you adopt to handle an outsourced project. Here we look at some tips to help you do that.
Outsourcing the development of your software involves a lot of risks. Right from the integrity of your intellectual property to the quality of the finished product, you need to be constantly on guard with an outsourced project. Project managing outsourced software development is a bit different from in-house, in the sense that you have lesser control over the operational management of the project. The key to a good vendor-client relationship is good vendor management. The management process begins right from choosing the right vendor to successfully handling the deployment. We have already touched upon the key aspects of the software development outsourcing life cycle. Let us look at what can be done to make an outsourced project a success.
Strategize Your Outsourcing Requirements
A careful ROI analysis of your project will tell you which areas of developments can be outsourced to better fiscal benefits. Depending upon the strength of your in-house team and the expected development costs, strategize which processes need to be outsourced, automated or developed in-house. This is the first step.
Find a Good Match
Once you are clear upon which of your projects you wish to outsource, find a good vendor. This is easier said than done, but the key is to look for a vendor with whom you can start a mutually beneficial relationship. Look for a compatible match and make sure that the vendor has the required expertise, technology and integrity to handle your project.
This means a careful visualization of the structure and functionality of your intended product. Document all your mark-ups, right from the initial brainstorming phase to the more nitty gritty architecture. Your product is only going to be as good as you specify it to be. Make sure you own the key product decisions in your contract, like the version updation and perfective maintenance.
Involvement during Development
Be actively involved in the development process through iterative wireframing and strategizing. Even though you are not involved in the actual development process any more, you are very much the part of the timeline and budget related deliberations. Clearly specify your needs to the vendor in detail. One way of doing it is the so called ‘connextra’ format – ‘As a <role>, I want <feature>, so that <benefit>’. This makes sure that there is no discrepancy in what your goals are.
Deliverables and Result Orientation
Make sure you get timely updates and deliverables as specified in your contract. You can now afford to keep a result oriented outlook with respect to your project. Keep a clear track of the vendor’s progress and make regular assessments and tests to check ts credibility.
With a clear-cut and conscientious approach, you can be a good project manager for your outsourced software developments.Get in touch with OptimusInfo for help regarding your software projects. With years of experience and industry expertise in dealing with clients, we can make sure that your deployment is a success.