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How to Avoid the Risk of Unclear Requirements in Offshore Web Development Projects

September 22nd, 2018

It is common in IT industry to hear complaints from clients about the poor quality of the solutions or about receiving unwanted solutions that do not match with their requirements. However, the reality is that most of the outsourced projects fall short of their purpose not because of the inferior capabilities, but because the project requirements were not properly understood by the development company.

Unclear requirements have been one of most prominent reasons for inferior solutions in offshore web development model. Poorly defined requirements on the part of the clients are usually the case in failed projects. How can you expect to obtain proper solutions when you can’t even define your requirements? This usually happens when the client is running out of time and wants very quick solutions. They usually skip the proper requirement gathering and analysis part or just skim through the documentation of project requirements in order to get quick solutions. However, this is a perfect recipe for complete disaster.

This does not means that you have to define the specifications in overly detailed manner for even mediocre projects, but it means that you can’t expect an effective solution from a one page project concept. The clearer the project specifications are defined since the beginning, the easier it would be for project managers and developers to understand your requirements and work accordingly.
Now the question here is how you can avoid the risk of unclear requirements in offshore web development projects. Mentioned below are some tips that will help you in doing so:

Giving Some Extra Time To The Requirements Gathering Phase: When you outsource web development projects, make sure that the project manager from the development firm interviews some potential users and finds out the desired features and functionalities for the new software. The software would be most probably used by your employees therefore the project manager should try to understand your business requirements, the user interfaces that are required and the high level requirements of the completed system. It is very important that the manager makes a proper documentation of all the requirements along with any milestones that may be helpful in determining the performance. Further, also make sure that he documents the number of users that are expected to be using the software and exactly how they will be using it.

Requirement Analysis: Once the requirements are gathered it is time to analyze these requirements to determine the feasibility of the software. It is very important to make sure whether the project is even feasible or not before you start working on it. The web development company also needs to determine the acceptability of the proposed solution and the ability to implement it.

Requirement Inspection: In this section, the web development company needs to review the requirements that are proposed by the clients and try to identify any ambiguities or discrepancies in the requirements. Further, they should also determine plan for handling any errors or issues that may arise during the development of the project.

Clients should make sure that their requirements are clear to them and to the web development company when they outsource web development requirements to offshore vendors. As you are not physically available to the vendor therefore it is required that you make most effective use of latest communication and data sharing technologies to provide clear requirements to the development team.

Tips on Picking the Right Guys When Outsourcing Your Web Development Services

September 21st, 2018

Stories from forums and blog posts abound about people who have had negative experiences working with third-party web developers. Outsourcing website development projects do bring a lot of benefits to clients, but some communication problems and ill will of a few unscrupulous “web developers” have stained the reputation of this noble industry. In order to avoid falling victim to any of these misdeeds, purposefully done or not, it is important to be informed and prepared. When hiring your next web developer be vigilant, keep communication lines open and be clear and firm about your expectations and goals. It is up to your discretion too whether to allow a little bit of flexibility in agreements about deadlines and payments or to be strict.

Here are some valuable tips on picking the right guys when outsourcing your website development services:

Ask for recommendations. Getting references from trusted sources such as family, friends and colleagues will save you time and decrease the risk of running into problematic developers. If you can find more than two voices from among your loved ones that support a particular development company, then you can conclude that they (that particular company) are safe. It is still worth checking out the other recommendations, of course, but you will need to do more probing when you contact them.

View their portfolios. Portfolios will give you a clue about the kind of work a development company can provide you. Browse on your computer the websites showcased in the portfolio. See if you like the designs, the loading times and if you think they have achieved the goal set by the owners. Ask for the numbers or e-mail addresses of those clients whose websites appear in the portfolio and ask them about their experience and their satisfaction levels. Contact more than two clients if you can. If the web development company refuses to give their clients’ contact details, you can move on to the next.

Competencies. When you contact a web programing company, ask about their staff. It is better to go for one that has specialists in one or two areas of a website development project. This way you will know that each segment of your website will get appropriate attention, and that you will have subject matter experts dealing with these segments. Depending on the size of the project, a web Programing team may consist of a designer, an analyst, a programmer/s, web marketing specialists and other important positions.

If you know a bit about the programming languages and tools used in web development, the better. Some of the most widely used technologies are Php, the Microsoft.Net Framework, AJAX, XAML and jQuery. Ask if they are up-to-date as well in these technologies.

Other services. Due to intense competition, websites these days have to be search engine-optimized. This means that a website has to be able to figure near the top of search engine pages when its associated keyword is searched. Your chosen web development company should be offering this service as well.

Additionally, there are companies who provide their own web hosting services. They are normally able to bundle it with their web programing services and offer it to you at a lower price than what you would get if you have your website hosted by someone else.

The Basics Of Web Development

September 20th, 2018

For the business owners and marketing heads finding an experienced web developer, one that can bring your vision to life, can be an extremely difficult task; particularly if you have no knowledge of what web development is and what it involves.

Understanding web development is no easy task but often, it is OK to skip the details and instead come to grips with just the basics. Web developers take years to develop their talent (no pun intended) and you, yourself may never quite get there so instead don’t set the bar too high; just focus on the basics because a little can go a long way.

To put it simply, web development has one main focus; to make a website do the stuff that it is supposed to do. Whether it is for the internet or a private intranet network; for a one page website or a large site offering a multitude of applications and services it is your chosen web developer who will be in charge of the construction of your website. Often working with a team of in-house designers, a developer will provide the functions and features that are expected; rather like an architect bringing a scale model to life, with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of coding.

Coding is a complex subject that even I will not claim to have full knowledge off but to put it simply (which is probably the best that I can do) it is the way in which developers describe the functionalities of a website to the browsers. Coding is a language so to speak, that tells a browser what each part of the website is supposed to do.

With years of programming skills and an understanding of coding tools such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS; web developers can describe the content and design of your website to ensure that it is correctly interpreted. So whether you are after a simple website that offers a little of your company information or an e-commerce website that offers users a great shopping experience that can even be ‘tweeted’ about; your web developers will lie at the very root of your success.

In many cases, developers will have skills in graphic design and possibly even SEO but more often than not, they will work with a qualified designer and a team of other online marketing specialists to ensure that whatever it is you want from your website, whatever experience you wish to provide your customers and the results you wish to achieve; you can easily do so.

When searching for a web site development team or a single web developer, it is not vital to have any in-depth knowledge. By simply ensuring you are aware of the basics and the results you desire; finding the perfect person to work alongside your business, needn’t be such a frightening thought again.