Quality, Cost and Speed

I find it fascinating that most app development enquiries I receive seem fixated on cost. This is usually because all developers are initially seen as being equal and will produce the same final app which are false assumptions.

Noone asks me where I sit in the spectrum of quality, price and cost. Likewise, developers such as myself never ask clients where they want their product to lie as regards quality, price and cost. In practice, developers tend to assess their prospective client and quote/develop accordingly.

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Interestingly, once I have developed something for a client, cost tends to become secondary and speed and quality become more important for ongoing development.

What people don’t realise is that if a developer develops something quickly/cheaply then it usually has technical debt that is going to make further ongoing development (and usually end user support) more time consuming and costly.