Congratulations! You’ve decided to outsource your software development needs. The requirements have been finalized, you’ve selected a developer, and now, it’s time to get straight down to writing code. Right? Well, not so fast!
When a project is launched, we often observe that both developers and clients are eager to start coding right from day one. The client wants to see “real” results while the developer wants to meet their deadlines. Often, both parties don’t find it worthwhile to spend time actually planning.
So is planning really all that important?
Of course, it is! Without planning a release schedule with deadlines and assignments, there is no accountability, which usually leads to extensive delays.
Imagine you’re building a house. Now, you can’t just call the builder on day 1 and ask him to start laying down the foundation. You may have an end result in mind, but that isn’t enough. You need a well-thought out plan that is properly executed to get you there.
The same goes for software development. Without proper planning, you’ll find the project going haywire, causing you to jump into action at the last minute to bring things ‘back on track’
In conclusion, always make room for planning in your project. A well-planned project allows quality work to be delivered on time, according to specifications and without overshooting the budget. With the project successfully wrapped up in this manner, you are also able to enjoy better returns on investment.
If you’d like more advise on all matters related to software development, please download our Ebook Outsourcing 101. It’s a great guide, especially for those who are trying this arrangement out for the first time.