Once you connected with the software development company that suits your need and you get in the contracting phase, you will start negotiating and deciding on collaboration models, collaboration startup, delivery models, quality models. The tips below will help you have some idea of what best suits your software development goals.
Collaboration models A successful long-term business relationship is based on mutual trust and respect. Popular collaboration models are: dedicated development team, time & material model, turnkey projects, strategic partnership. A committed software development provider will be open to adapt the model as per your requirements or define a mixed business model.
Collaboration startup Every collaboration startup has its own flow, so steps can be combined or order changed depending on each situation. Generally, it happens like this: confidentiality agreement, request for information, request for project, collaboration agreement, project kick off.
Delivery models It should be easy to decide if you need an extension of your in-house team or a fixed project team. Also, decide where you want the team to work from, your premises or the nearshore development center or both.
Quality model Quality assurance is crucial in nearshore custom software development. A good quality model ensures Testing and Q&A in each and every process and activity of the software development lifecycle phases specific to nearshore / offshore software outsourcing: analysis, design, development, testing, preparing documentation, installing, training, maintenance and support.
Textbook recommends starting your search for a software development company approx. 6 months before the project kick-off since reliable providers in the field are booked long-term. This article explains in detail how to choose the right development company in the search phase.