I’m sure you’ve had the pleasure of trying to get quotes from web/mobile app development companies. Not fun is it?
Everyone starts out by calling or meeting and trying to get quotes but find yourself retelling your requirements over and over and getting quotes that are all over the place.
Eventually you wise up and write a RFP explaining some of your basic requirements but for some reason you get the same wildly differing responses. A recent RFP we sent out for a webapp project got back quotes ranging from $2000 to $80000 in cost and between 2 weeks and 9 months to construct.
The reason is that unless you are in the know and have a lot of experience developing webapps the description that you provided still requires a lot of imagination to fill in the gaps. Translation – you aren’t comparing apples to apples.
A better method is to hire a JumboLogic professional and have them work with you to come up with a definition of your project. You can opt for one of two methods:
- Outline – This is an outline of what you are trying to accomplish. It is typically a document with a few interfaces, screenshots, or flowcharts to explain its function. This document can be as in depth as you want it to be or need it to be.
- Specification – This is a more in depth document explaining what you are trying to accomplish. It shows all the interfaces in your webapp. It explains the functionality of your webapp with documents and flowcharts. It can even cover technical details such as databases and classes that you expect to use (though this is optional).
Outlines are cheaper and faster but still leave wiggle room. It is a dramatic improvement over any RFP you are able to produce since its scopes the project to a degree.
Specifications are much more time consuming and expensive to produce but its worth it. With the additional detail it leaves very little wiggle room. What you have is what you’ll get and the quotes you receive will truly be apples to apples.
JumboLogic – built to help you define web and mobile apps – doesn’t just streamline the planning and definition of your project but can also help you get better quotes!