While choosing the developer for your company, you need to be really conscious. He will be the person who projects the image of your company. If that person is reliable and strict to the delivery timings; you can assure the success of the project. For all those companies who look forward to developing an app, here are 8 important factors that will help you to evaluate a developer during the hiring process.
Source code Ownership: You need to find out the policy on the ownership of the source code and intellectual property upon the project completion.
Technical capabilities: Check if your developer will be technically proficient to complete your project. The person should also be a team player. He has to work and coordinate with a team of iOS Developer, Android Developer, Backend Developer, U/X Designer, Project Architect and Project Manager.
Portfolio: Check the portfolio of the developer. Try to download the app from App Store and check the functionalities of the app. This is a great aspect that helps you in hiring the developer.
References: Ask for a list of references from your developer and take the time to contact them. Some good questions to ask them:
Did they have a good process?
Were they responsive? How was the communication?
Were they helpful with other issues like setting up an iOS account?
How was the quality of the work?
How well did they resolve problems?
Development Process: While hiring a developer you need to evaluate him by asking them about the development processes. Here are a few questions which you can probably ask them:
How and when do you provide feedback?
How are scope changes handled?
Is there a project manager that you work with?
Are there regular project meetings?
How is communication handled?
What types of project management tools are used?
How is quality assurance (QA handled)?
Thus you can see where the developer is fitting in for your project. You can analyze the how much gap is there between the desired skills and his skills.
Maintenance Plan/ Upgrades: All the major platforms upgrade their software roughly once a quarter. Unfortunately, these upgrades may actually break your app. When I first developed my app, Apple just released iOS 4 and our app was developed on an older SDK. To our horror we found that half the sound files on our app didn’t work and we had to spend the weekend troubleshooting the problems generated by the upgrade.
So, when choosing a developer, ask them how they handle maintenance. Also, your app should always be evolving. Make sure you also ask them how they handle upgrades.
Warranty: Check if your developer will warranty his work in written form. If a bug is identified after placing the product in the App Store, it need to get fixed by him. Warranty is applicable only for the specific version on which the app was developed and he is not responsible for the issues caused by OS upgrade.
Pricing: The developer should work within the time and price limit set by the client. A cost-effective quality developer has to be hired.
These are the 8 important factors for hiring the best mobile developer to enhance your business. Hopefully these facts can give you some inputs on the major aspects to be kept in mind.