Short-Term Software Outsourcing

What is short-term software outsourcing?

It is somewhat self-explanatory.  Short-term software outsourcing in software is when an organization asks an outside party to build a small project. Companies typically employ this model when they need something built quickly and lack the internal resources to complete the work. Similar to outsourced software product development, the short-term model differs only in that everyone knows the completion date upfront. Alternatively, software product development programs may span multiple product versions over many years.

Which type of companies prefer short term software outsourcing?

Any company may identify a short-term software outsourcing need that has predefined objectives and release requirements. Examples of short-term projects include:

  • Startups that need to build their “minimum viable product” and have finite funding to do so.
  • Companies that want to build their apps on a new platform.  Clients with a successful application on one platform, say iOS, may want to expand to other platforms like Android.  This is sometimes referred to as “porting” an application from one platform to others.
  • Companies or departments that need to build an internal tool. A company has been managing an internal process using a manual or ad-hoc system, and they want to automate it.

The commonality is that each customer type has well-defined goals and requirements such that the scope is clear. Therefore, a potential outsourcing partner can accurately prepare a fixed bid for the project.

What makes CodeStringers unique in completing this type of project?

Short-term projects carry a lot of risk to the outsourcer. If they get the bid wrong, they may end up losing their shirt on the deal. How does this occur?

Here is a typical scenario. A potential client provides a few sketches and bullet points demonstrating what they want the app to do.  Then they go to multiple agencies to get a bid, and they end up selecting the cheapest vendor.  The cheapest vendor then goes through a “discovery” project in which they determine exactly what work needs to be done.  The actual work ends up being far more extensive than the original, vague, requirements. So what does the vendor do? They go back to the client and tell them that they need to increase the budget because “the scope changed”.

CodeStringers is different. If you’re requirements are too high-level or unclear, we’ll spend the time upfront to help clarify the requirements.  We’ll then, free of charge, consolidate them into a comprehensive release plan that includes the following:

  • User stories (definitions of feature requirements)
  • User experience and interface wireframes and styling
  • Software architecture and technology stack.

Only then do we estimate the effort and duration such that we are confident in the accuracy of those estimates. This enables us to make firm commitments to clients that we will achieve their release date and stay within budget. We guarantee this unless the client changes the requirements once the development project is underway.

We honor our commitments and keep our promises. If misestimate, we take responsibility for increasing resources at our cost so we can hit our committed dates. In short, we believe that organizational integrity is the key to developing long-term relationships. Therefore we invest in short-term projects with the hope – but not the expectation – that the quality of work we do and the integrity that we bring to the relationship will ultimately result in future work we do for clients.

CodeStringers is a leading short-term software development project partner

CodeStringers has completed dozens of short-term software development projects for clients small and large, and our corporate values of integrity, craftsmanship and innovation will ensure that you define and build the “right” software and that you have transparency and commitments on the budget and the release timing.