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Essential Questions To Ask A Potential Tech Partner

Vetting prospective tech partners can be overwhelming. There’s so much to learn about a company, and knowing where to begin a conversation can be difficult. In order to get a good understanding of a company’s process, capabilities, security, and cost control, we’ve compiled a list of the most important questions to ask a potential partner. Use this list to guide you as you take on the challenge:

Process:

  • Do you operate on a two-week sprint cycle with each client, and do you provide daily transparency through standup meetings?

  • What is your process for breaking down features, creating user stories, and estimating timelines?

  • What tools do you use to track issues, priorities, and velocity?

Engineering Capability:

  • How do you familiarize yourselves with our specific industry and business context?

  • How do your engineers break down our vision into development increments?

  • What types of questions can we expect during planning sessions?

Security:

  • How do you handle sensitive information in your code?

  • What is your process for managing personally identifiable information (PII)?

  • Do you encrypt all data, including your database, both at rest and in transit?

Cost Control:

  • Have you ever requested that a client increase their team size in order to complete features?

  • What measures do you take to minimize third-party development and infrastructure costs?

Still feeling overwhelmed by the search process? Want more tips for finding your perfect partner? Check out our other article How to Choose a Technical Partner.

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