I have been working in IT industry for a few years, and gradually get to know many entrepreneurs and their startups from various industries. Most of these business make web-based products, aimed to remoulding business flow, integrating business systems or filling in the blank of a certain industry. However, these entrepreneurs seldom know how to program and design, and thus pay the price until they find the right tech team to work with.
Blow is the real story from one of my client A:
Client A is from real estate industry who planned to build an online platform for clients. His friend’s company has an IT team. With the recommendation, my client outsourced his whole project to this team. However, the team leader knows product design far less than coding, plus he was not in a good control of the project in terms of quality and time. As a result, the project seriously delayed and the quality is far behind expectation. My client had no choice but to stop the project. It finally took one month until he completely took over the project, and both parties were frustrated about the result.
So, what are the select criteria when choosing a IT partner?
This is the most important thing when you look for someone to work with. For instance, a low quote at the beginning and raise the price deliverable by deliverable, this can happen to you without even noticing by improper guidance. A good contract is a must, beyond that, only responsible and trusting team can work out a high-quality project and provide solutions to new problems even out of contract.
The success of IT projects and digital products relies on its design and programming. Only user-centred products are the winner. Stability, user experience and scalability of a product guarantee its success. However, it can be difficult to tell whether a team is professional enough when you only have a cup of coffee with their product managers and sales representatives.
You probably know a complete digital product is more than just lines of code. It involves design, project management, quality assurance and so on. As a result, a short slab in any area could lead to failure. Every digital agency has their adept areas and a well-established team normally decide what it is. For example, some teams are killed at marketing and business development, while other teams are good at design. This means, it’s better to do some background and case research before you sign your contract with your tech partners.