This is the product of my first experience with outsourced development. What Do You Know is a simple iOS game where the player guesses what word matches the pictures shown. We picked a simple game engine to start with our initial foray into outsourcing to keep costs down and to help us quickly get through an entire project and learn our lessons from it.
I’m very excited to see how this game does on the market. It is comparable or better than most similar games in the category which I hope gives it a good chance of becoming a hit.
Our biggest lessons on this first project have been:
- Maintain control over the source code yourself – get a code repository on bitbucket or github where your team can regularly push their code as it progresses.
- If you are hiring a outsourcing company request senior/experienced developers be put on the project. Senior developers will produce a higher quality product, and give more realistic timelines.
- You’re the boss, coach the team to produce the best product they can by providing the best leadership you can to them.
- Have the final project reviewed in detail. Check the source code. Growing a good business on apps requires that you can leverage past development into the future through code reuse.
This game certainly won’t be the last time we hire programmers to develop games for us. Keep an eye out in the App Store for What Do You Know. It should hit iTunes in the next week or two.