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Miniseries Part I: The Courtship

Miniseries Part I: The Courtship

Business Development

Miniseries Part I: The Courtship

Posted by: Paul D'Angelo

Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

The Courtship
At NYC Devshop, we are fortunate to enjoy great relationships with all of our clients. This isn't just because we are a fun, charming, highly skilled and devastatingly good looking group, although it helps! Rather, these relationships are built through a consistent effort to communicate openly and transparently with our clients, and always work with their best intentions in mind. All of our relationships start out differently, as our clients come to us from a variety of skill sets, technical sophistication and past experiences. To best prepare you, our future collaborators and clients of Devshop, for what to expect Devshop is sharing a 6 part miniseries to walk you through the development process, from first meetings to final handoff, and everything in between.

First Steps:
Episode I of our thrilling anthology outlines the very beginning of our journey; The Courtship. Our clients come to us from a variety of industries and company sizes, with needs ranging from simple add-on features to massive rebuilds. The key to us identifying what your needs are, and how we can help, is what kind of information we are given early on. If someone comes to us with an idea that has not been written down, has not been thought through, and does not include a solid business strategy around it, our options are limited to say the least! The more details that you provide when approaching Devshop, the more accurately we can estimate expected work and the more successful our relationship will be.

Initial Planning:
After the "discovery" phase, we then dissect what information we have to create an initial plan, reiterating what we understand the idea to be and outlining the features needed for us to deliver on our end. This also allows us to provide an initial estimate to you. This number is rarely the final number! It simply serves as a baseline where, for X amount, you will get Y features, in approximately Z weeks. If you are looking to hire a development team, being honest about your budget is an enormous help, as well as an effective way to test trust and streamline the process. No company that wants to stay open for business long will use a high budget to gouge a client, and if your budget is tight, it allows us to scope the project accordingly by "punting" non-essential features to future versions, providing a more workable estimate and preventing sticker shock.

Final Proposal:
After a follow up meeting where the initial proposal is broken down and discussed in greater detail, we go on to make any necessary adjustments and submit our final proposal. We take great pride in establishing our high touch customer service early in the proposal process. Going the extra mile in not just regurgitating what potential clients think they want, but also helping them in vetting what it is that they need and outlining a proposal to build it for them. It is one of the cornerstones of our value proposition. Any company can provide carefully curated referrals and examples of work, however at Devshop we feel actions speak louder than words.

After the final proposal has been reviewed, potential clients typically come running to our office, ready to sign the dotted line, and some even ask if they can name their firstborn Devshop. It's always flattering, however we would never want to burden any youngsters with such epic awesome. Once the administrative work is done, it's time to move on to the next leg of the journey, Episode II, the Kickoff.

Paul D'Angelo

Meet The Author

Paul D'Angelo / Director of business Development

A born and raised Long Islander and Mets fan, Paul can completely understand how people hate on New Jersey, while still appreciating it and its inhabitants. He was first bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 9 when he got his first paper route, and has been hooked ever since. With little interest in the traditional corporate environment, Paul spent the early part of his career in the service industry, working at some of the top steakhouses in NYC while obtaining his MBA from CUNY Baruch. Paul had his "a-ha!" moment while looking for a tool to help him track his tips so he could save. Disappointed with the available options, he decided he could do better, and built Just the Tips, a free, easy and ad-free tool for tipped workers to track their income. With the successful launch of Just the Tips(phrasing), he realized his true calling, and joined Devshop to help others bring their ideas to life. When he's not working on Just the Tips or Devshop, he enjoys hanging out and throwing parties on his roof in Astoria, reading, quoting South Park Archer Family Guy and Anchorman to name a few, cooking, fine spirits, watching the Mets be awesome, and dominating any and all challengers in Mario Kart, SNES version, naturally.