7 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Software Development Project


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Software development is a crucial process in any organization. It is because the software is the core of every business and helps the organization put other resources in use effectively. Thus, organizations are very peculiar about the software development project and ensure that there are no stones unturned in order to get quality output in speculated time.

However, there is a time when the planning goes wrong and software is not developed as decided in the first place. If facts are to be believed there are around 70% software development projects failure across the globe. Hence, organizations make sure to take all necessary steps before getting started with actual software development. They need to be sure of specifics, details, and the designing of the software development project.

Questions to Ask to Your Software Development Company Before Starting the Development Project

Hence, enterprises need to ask 7 basic questions to software development companies if they are planning to get it outsourced so as to ensure that they are on the right path and the project would come out as detail-oriented as possible. What are those questions? Let’s check it out.

1. What is the Development Process that’s Followed?

Every software or custom app development company has a development process that they follow which starts from planning and ends to delivery and maintenance. While this is the usual protocol being followed, there might be some other overall process that the company follows. You need to be sure of their development process to realize and understand their effectiveness of software development. Few things you can highlight are:

a) Team of software developers
b) Internal communication amongst team
c) Team experience
d) Dedicated team for different sections and more

2. What would be the List of Actual Deliverables?

An entire software development project consists of many differentiated deliverables like website, design, program, codes, and etc. Each has its own importance and is somehow interrelated that once combines uplifts the use of a software project. An enterprise needs to discuss with software development company about the deliverables. Expecting more could add the costing and thus business need to be sure of the deliverables that they actually require to function and operate the business easily.

3. What Elements would be Non-Deliverable?

Like discussing the deliverable elements, enterprises also need to discuss the elements that are not required and can be marked as non-deliverables. This is an important question and points to be discussed as the project itself is an amalgamation of multiple elements and not every time all the elements are required by the business. So, while you have discussed and decided your requirements and deliverables with the team, it’s also necessary to jot down elements that are not required. This saves the time of software development company who are taking your project and yours as well.

4. What is the Deadline?

Another question that needs to be discussed between both the parties is the deadline. Both business and software development company need to be transparent about the delivery deadline. This pushes the team to finish the work in stipulated time and the business to act and plan the launch of the project accordingly. Any miss or delay in delivering the project need to be clearly communicated well in time so that backend plan can be incorporated.

5. Is Team Technology Familiar?

Before handing over the project to the software development company, another important question to ask is if the team going to handle your project is technology familiar or not. It’s essentially required if the business wants the project to be curated and developed using a specific technology only. If the developers are not familiar with the technology or have basic knowledge and experience of the same, then the business should step back and search for the right partner to collaborate with.

6. What Quality Process do Development Company Follow?

There is no use of assigning your project to the development company if they don’t follow any protocol to assure and measure quality. The quality check ensures that the project is tested internally, good to perform and ready to launch to end users. Quality testing can be achieved through:

a) Unit testing
b) Manual testing
c) End to end testing
d) Integration testing

7. What is the Deployment & Maintenance Strategy?

Last but not least, software development project all comes down to its deployment and maintenance post-project delivery. The business should make it clear from the development company if they will be supporting them with deploying the software in their system and assuring maintenance once the project is delivered. This is an essential part not to be missed as it decides the future of the project performing exceptionally in the business system.


Wrapping up, software development or custom app development is the requirement of every business today. Without technological advancement in business, there is no future of business. And this push businesses to rely on software development company to amalgamate their internal process with software for automotive operations. Before finalizing the software development team, the business should do a background check and measure the company so that it fulfills the organizational need for business growth.

Yogesh Choudhary
Yogesh Choudhary is the founder & CEO of Finoit Technology, a leading mobile app development company which makes app ideas into reality by providing unique design and app development services across IOS and Android platforms.


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