People talk about comparing apples to apples. The problem for most business owners is that they don’t know whether they are getting an apple, orange or rotten tomato.
By writing a detailed application specification, project specification or request for proposal (RFP) document, your business will be able to finally compare proposed solutions from multiple development companies. (In other words, apples to apples.)
Elements of the Specification Document
- Consultation and Research
- Competitor Analysis
- Target Audience Definition
- Walk-through of the Customer/User Experience
- Screen Diagrams
Specification documents are designed to give clients a comprehensive and tangible vision for their projects. In addition, developers find that the detailed screen diagrams and narrative of the user experience creates a definable project scope. The specification gives both parties much needed clarity which saves development time and prevents scope creep.