The standard project lifecycle
Quotes > Analysis > Development > More Quotes
The first thing that happens when most people have an idea is they write down a short version of what they want and then approach developments companies to invite them to quote. At this point, all anyone knows about the project is that brief summary, but as everyone wants your business they will quote anyway. This is why you’ll often end up working through dozens of quotes, anywhere from £5k to £100k – regardless of what it is you want!
It’s only when you’ve signed on the dotted line that your chosen development partner will begin to look in real detail at the true costs involved. Good partners may offer workshops or detailed analysis at this stage.
However, as you’ve already signed a contract for a specific value, everyone is then working to spending that much money and no more. This usually results in some kind of ‘horse trading’ around which features will make it into YOUR final product – either openly or behind the scenes!
Next, development begins. This is the point where the quality of the research and analysis completed by your development partner really begins to count. Have they fully understand what you wanted? Did they find the secret major issue in the structure they proposed?
In reality, projects that don’t begin with analysis ALWAYS end in overrun or in the removal of features to try and get the remaining work to fit the pre-agreed time and budget. All of this works together to make the entire lifecycle, especially testing and launch, a very stressful process!
Your new app or platform is finally launched and the stressful process is hopefully behind you. Inevitably there were features that didn’t end up being included, be they planned or removed at the last minute.
Many companies at this stage will want to quote again for the remainder of the work – item by item, or all in one go. You’ll probably want to get some comparative quotes – either to check the costing is fair, or because you’ve been ‘burned’ by the first part of your project. And so you’re back in the quoting cycle again…