6 Red Flags to Avoid When Outsourcing a Development Company
Oct 20, 2022

6 Red Flags to Avoid When Outsourcing a Development Company

Getting outside help for your software development project is a good idea especially if you lack the resources or manpower. However, such a choice is a very crucial one to decide on as it can make or break the success of your platform’s release. Yes, there are great development associates out there, but we can’t hide the fact that there are also incompetent ones.

In this article, we will look at some major red flags to avoid when choosing an outsourced developer. This way, you won’t be tricked into hiring people who will cause bring more problems rather than help in your deliverables.

1. Shallow Inputs During Interview Phase

Before the contract agreement, it is only natural for you and your preferred partner to go through a “getting-to-know” interview process so that they will be aware of what you expect from them. If you notice that they only ask the most basic questions and not the advanced or important ones, then there is a high chance that you won’t find success in working with them.

On the contrary, if they ask more queries regarding the process, expected timeline, and resources needed, then it is a sign that they are well-equipped in serving you.

2. Project Estimates are Offered Immediately

In line with the first red flag, project estimates that are offered immediately are a telltale sign that they are desperate for a partnership. It only means that the company you are talking to is more interested in the finances rather than a successful output.

3. Lowballing

Do you think that their total offer is too good to be true? If that is the case, then it probably is. Going back to the first point where project development costs in foreign countries are cheaper, a low offer might be a sign that you are dealing with an overseas company.

If they are not, then they need to compensate for some processes to cut costs. This can result in substandard workflows and buggy results.

4. Non-existent portfolio

Portfolios are a great way to build credibility as a company. Thus, a developer that can’t provide evidence of previous work is usually a red flag.

Even if they can’t give concrete examples due to NDAs, they should still be able to give an overview or outline of what they did to their previous client. You should also test their knowledge by asking for their opinion on a certain issue or problem.

5. Messy Workflows

Workflows or roadmaps are a great way to track progress and see what tasks need extra attention. Thus, a company or a business that can not give a concrete workflow most likely wants you to be out of the picture for most of the project timeline.

When this happens, tons of things can go wrong, especially because your vision is not in line with what they are doing.

6. Always Late in their Output

If they are consistent in not submitting what you want in time, then it is likely that they have internal problems which caused the delay. Try sending them an e-mail or phone call and see if they respond immediately. If they are not responsive during negotiations, then the problem will recur during the development phase.

Final Thoughts 

Being aware of these signs as early during the interview phase will greatly benefit your project. Once you notice such red flags, then consider stepping away from the conversation. After all, the success of your software should be prioritized at all costs.

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