5 Web Development Risks Every Business Should AvoidNeeti Kotia
While in our every other post, we always talk about how businesses that follow latest technology trends can transcend their competitors, this time we are asking you to unroll your sleeves and stay away from few oddballs. Because not every time a new thing is good for your business growth.
As web development and mobile app development are our favorite subjects, here, we’re going to point out some development risks every startup business or an established brand should avoid if they want to go online. Most startups launch with a bang, work for a year and then just disappear for the various reasons they didn’t heed attention to in the start. And we don’t want you to fall in the same category.
For developing a customer-centric eCommerce website, a reader’s favorite blog site, a talked about social networking website, a profit-generating B2B website, quick launch and long project life are the secrets. Since your website is the online representation of your business, you can’t risk its existence. There are a couple of things you need to consider before, during and after web development, ensuring that you have a growth-driven website at the end.
Risk #1: Doing it all by yourself
Hire a reputed, reliable web development company capable of delivering top-notch solutions and converting your idea into a professional, scalable online platform.
Risk #2 Developer’s Profile
While startups and businesses look for full-scale web development agency to outsource their project, they fall for web developers that have a similar portfolio as their own project. Some decision-makers assume that it’s plentiful if the developer they hired has delivered the project that aligns with their planned idea. Hold on to this thought! All projects are not the same, even if they seem alike. And if you want to stand out, you need to bring the individuality.
Solution: Find a dynamic and innovative web developer who is flexible in working with an advanced and new technology bundle pertaining to the same web vertical. A broad competence is more progressive and creative as they can propose expertise from other domains, other business areas and bring forth a future-ready solution.
Risk #3 Lengthy Iterations
It’s not true that anything that’s done with attention-to-detail calls for a long wait. Of course, focus and step-by-step approach are paramount, but not at the sake of project getting delayed. A project development process horizontally involves different expertise from different departments, moving from one phase to the other. The common steps to any web development project include sketching the idea, prototyping, UI/UX design, development, quality testing and final launch. But in the course of implementing each of these linearly, you tend to lose a lot of time and may end up launching your project when it’s outdated.
Solution: To avoid such a case, go for smaller development cycles, where the developers or designers don’t wait for days for BA’s to give them the blueprint of the whole project and then start on. As soon as a mockup for one screen is finalized, the design and development teams should work collaboratively to devise a final product in a relatively shorter time.
Risk #4: Fixed time estimation
There’s hardly any project we have seen in our lifetime, which doesn’t require a scope change or a new addition to what’s planned initially. Once the development team starts the work, many times, it happens that business owners come forward with a new functionality which wasn’t discussed before or sometimes they even change the complete plan going forward.
So, fixed time estimations are bothersome. Instead of completing a web project on time, strict estimates spoil the flow.
Solution: Typically, the website owner and Project Manager should understand this time game and keep a hidden buffer at each stage of development. This leaves room for adding novel features or make changes during development.
Risk #5: Project delivery at once
With a sack full of web development companies onboard, the options are limitless. Not only early deliveries and cost-effectiveness are remunerative. Imagine if you receive a déclassé website in just two weeks of development, will you be happy? Clearly, no.
This happens because as a business owner, you are only concerned with the end-product, insensitive to what the developers and designers have been doing. Project delivery at once is harmful because that risks the whole project. Even if it’s a one-page website, you should be allowed to see the website’s progress time and again.
Solution: Think big, but pay attention to details regularly. Ask for the web developer to deliver the project at the end of each development cycle, which actively demonstrate how the project looks like and where it is heading. Exactly the way we do it.
Over to you
Don’t shillyshally – take a wise decision sidestepping these risks that may pull you down from marshaling a high-quality robust website/web app. Be cautious during the website development so that you are not screwed up by the developers, bearing a far-higher cost.
It’s time to get your physical business on the desktop and mobile screens of your potential customers and construct the best lead-generating system, with a revolutionary design.