Appifany Guide: Outsourcing App Developers

Some people promote steering clear of outsourcing app developers, but it doesn't always end in a bad result. It can be cost and time effective when done right, so we wanted to give you a guide on outsourcing app developers.

However, being aware of certain risks involved with outsourcing app developers is certainly something to keep in mind too. Potential risks may include:

  • badly coded software

  • inexperience/inability to manage outsourced development

  • communication barriers

To help you avoid these risks, in this article we'll guide you on some of the best practices when it comes to outsourcing app development.

Let's start with the app procurement process...

Firstly you should understand the difference between procurement and a request for proposal (RFP). Procurement in business generally refers to the process of securing goods and/or services from an external business or consultant. Whereas, a request for proposal, is a form of bidding solicitation where a business will request bids for the project completion (source). An RFP is usually much more specific request then when beginning the procurement process.

These are two key terms helpful for understanding the rest of the article, so now that we've got that covered let's go through some of the best practices for outsourcing app development.

1. Gap Analysis

Your RFP needs to particular to your startup or your app, and in order to do this you should conduct a gap analysis, which defines as:

"A technique that businesses use to determine what steps need to be taken in order to move from its current state to its desired, future state. … Gap analysis consists of (1) listing of characteristic factors (such as attributes, competencies, performance levels) of the present situation (‘what is’), (2) listing factors needed to achieve future objectives (‘what should be’), and then (3) highlighting the gaps that exist and need to be filled. Gap analysis forces a company to reflect on [what kind of business] it is [at present] and [to] ask [what kind of business] [it] want[s] to be in the future."

You need to find the right developers that understand the specific needs of your business, and can offer you exactly what you require per information gathered from your gap analysis.

Two other helpful little tips are: