Cowboys…, cowboys everywhere!
One of the many joys of running a software development company, is the sales side of things. It means talking to many “different” kinds of people within the software engineering industry. Some maybe your customers and some may be your competitors. One inevitable fact of talking to many people is the stories that you come against. One of which I found interesting enough to talk about in this blog.
A guy answered the phone and went on to explain that he is also a “developer” (a software developer). I was surprised to hear that a software developer would be asking for software development services, since he can do it himself. He went on to explain what he needed “… I need a mobile-friendly page that would render well on a mobile phone with login facility…” he said. Also, he stipulated “…I would need it done in no more than five days…”. By now, my curiosity took the best of me and I asked some straight questions:
[Me]: What is the purpose of the application?
I was asked to do a mobile application for a customer, which I did for Android, but it turns out, the customer had an iPhone (iOS), which off course, won't work! :[the “developer”]
At this point I felt like doing two things. On one hand I felt like laughing out loud at how he failed the first rule in the software engineering kindergarten, by not asking the customer for the most basic requirements. On the other hand, I felt like crying out loud for the poor customer who entrusted this guy with their mobile application development project. I restrained myself though and continued…
[Me]: Why can’t you do it yourself? You are a developer, aren’t you?
[Me]: Ok, fair enough. But why five days? What is the rush?
Well if it takes longer, then I could probably learn it myself and do it in five days. :[the “developer”]
At that point I decided to start rounding up the conversation. I could see that there was no opportunity there to help at all. But whilst hanging up the phone, I was surprised to learn that even in the software engineering there are these self-proclaimed “developers”. I knew that the building industry was suffering with this problem, but I was not aware about the severity of the problem within the software development industry. It is the same old problem, people want something done on the cheap and as quick as possible. If you need to outsource some software development services, then please read this blog post first: How To Outsource Your Software Development Project
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