The conundrum of legacy – Outsourcing case studies!

Think about it. Would you prefer to get your product developed by a team that has unlimited case studies that are relevant to you or the one has impressive engineers but just one or two case studies? Intuition would guide you the former. But[tweetherder] if you are a start-up, you don’t need a trophy partner. You need someone who could deliver[/tweetherder]. You are set up in motion to minimize risks in every incremental step you make and add certainty into short term decisions that make the long term more predictable.
[tweetherder]Finding an outsourcing partner, in this context, means finding one that has the most propensity to deliver[/tweetherder]. Legacy is a misleading variable.  Good legacy is only valuable if those who created it, work for your project as well. In a fast growing software development firm, growth for employees is often achieved by moving them from individual contribution to roles which deliver group efficiency. What that means is – [tweetherder]Yesterday’s rock star programmers are today’s managers.[/tweetherder]
So when you look at an awesome pitch book with great case studies, ask if that means anything to your project.
On the other hand, a very promising new development shop with less case studies would still be better, because the best guys are still on the job for you.
There is no universal rule that this is how each transaction would play out. But be watchful and look/ask for more signals and data that would help you correlate between legacy and it’s effect on your project.
Do you have a checklist on what to look for in a vendor’s case study? Type in your suggestions through the comments.

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