Topic: Best Ways To Outsource Website Development
The term project management is used very loosely by company managers and entrepreneurs alike. Understanding the task at hand is a key component for obtaining success and properly supervising subordinates. Visualize the concept as being the lead architect for a building a house. It’s up to the project manager to properly coordinate all his laborers, amass the necessary raw materials, and efficiently combine them to create the building.
Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. Start ups typically outsource many services and will have many projects during their beginning stage. Success entrepreneurs compensate for a lack of employees with projects. In other words, the transforming of a weakness of lack of resources to strength by saving money through outsourcing specialized services.
In my experience, my prime project management endeavor was building a new specialized website that was mobile friendly. After receiving some hard advice from a tech enthusiast, it was made apparent that I needed a reformed idea and a mobile app. In analyzing my resources, I streamlined my idea and came to the conclusion that I will hire a contractor to build a new website for the idea along with a mobile friendly website. The app would come later due to constrained funds and lack of a mobile developer on my team.
It is my meticulous nature to plan everything, it the best advice that I could provide to anyone about to lead a team of contractors. People typically let laziness deter them from properly researching market rates for relevant services to reduce likeliness of being charged too much. Learn your industry and nature of the product and draft up plans or schemes. It is helpful for the contractor if you provide illustrations and examples to eliminate the risk of confusion or difference in opinion. Things may not go the way you want, but you need to have some sort of direction reach a new destination.
I had all the website designs ready with step-by-step explanations of the web pages accompanied with their individual functions. Researching the right website design company was excruciating; I had to create a bid outlining my requirements and accept the best quote. Extensive research was done on the firm before the deal was cemented, but I was comfortable with their reviews. This company was in London, recruiting foreign country labor normally yields cheaper prices, however, you pay for what you get so ensure the quality is up to your standards.
The process started with an informative meeting similar to a deposition. A detailed walk-through in the functionality of the website page for page is done. I was sure to highlight all the reasoning and small intricate features of website. One of the most important factors is consistency and documentation. Ensure that you tell the designer and document it so they know about it from the beginning and don’t try to charge you later for it as an additional feature. With all that detail covered you negotiate an official price.
Price negotiation is more of an art not a science, there is no one objective way to get a deal in your favor. It really boils down to compromise and who has the strongest will. Arm yourself with knowledge about timing and going rates for the services that you are asking for. Be reasonable and have a strict budget for what you want, if they are budging with your demands look to make compromises, ask what they will do to provide a substitute for what you really want. There is always another more cost effective way. Start low with your bid and rise, the contractor will start high and lower their bid. It will be about meeting each other in the middle where both parties are satisfied.
I got the price that I wanted, but had to accept cheaper compromises and had to eliminate a few of the features. The process took about three months to complete as it was a constant back and forth between us through email and Skype meetings. I provided as much detail as possible, but there were many improvements or troubleshooting issue that I had to address. Don’t allow yourself to be lazy, address every issue immediately as it is brought up, as there will be so many that it will be hard to keep up.
The average stages of project management begin with the actual development of the project. It could be done in small fragments or in one move, but the contractor has to start working on the project to allow you to critique it. This would be the skeleton and would need embellishment after it satisfies the customer. After that stage, final testing is the last stage to see how the project operates in a normal setting.
My situation was a drawn out process as I was building a website that allows users to grade posts and profiles. I had to give exact designs on the external cosmetics and explain multiple times how I want the grading to be calculated. Building a social network composes of high-level designing as you have to make a design for every possible scenario that the user will encounter. I changed my design a few times and had to be lenient on the deadline, as they sometimes rarely meet it. Additionally, we went back and forth with constant programming errors that I had to catch and bring to their attention for every page. Eventually, we were able to catch them all and I was comfortable with the design, functionality and mobile compatibly of the app.
Within the final moments of a contract always double-check the deliverable to ensure that everything works and meets your satisfaction. Sometimes once the deal is done and if you wish to make a change afterwards they could charge for it. However, it will never be perfect; success may come on an ongoing basis. Try to negotiate and deal to fix errors after the project is done. Be prepared to learn as you go and make adjustments.
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