We assume you’ve picked the right team. Now you want to launch fast. So you can show a demo and learn from your users. You want to spend little and keep on evolving your idea. Maybe you’ve already launched and want to know if your startup is in good shape. Below is our project scan that will give you a score via email.
1. About your project
1.a Is your product or service aimed at consumers or businesses as the primary clients?
(+1p) It is aimed at businesses
(0p) It is a consumer product
1.b Did you decide to buy and resell the product or did you build the product from scratch?
(+3p) We build from scratch, after research it became clear there is no solution in the market for us
(+1p) We build from scratch, after research it became clear existing products weren’t a good fit
(-2p) We haven’t looked at similar products
(-10p) We are reselling this product
2. Intellectual Property and code
2.a Where lies the IP ownership?
(+5p) All IP is owned by us, or at a company controlled by us
(+2p) IP is transferred to us by the contracted developers at the end of the development cycle after full payment of development costs
(-2p) We have no idea about IP
(-5p) IP remains at the contracted developer and we obtained a license to use the software
2.b Do you have access to code?
(+5p) We have admin access to all lines of code and are in charge of all code repositories
(+2p) We can access the code but we don’t have admin rights over the repositories
(-5p) We have no access to code unless we specifically ask the (contracted) developers to grant access
(-10p) We cannot access the code that forms our product at all
2.c Do you have access to servers, databases and tools?
(+5p) We have access keys and licenses to all tools, databases, servers and systems used for our product
(+2p) We have access but we are not the primary licensees of servers, databases and tools used
(-5p) We currently have no access to any servers, tools or other systems regarding our service
(-5p) We have no access to any servers, tools or other systems regarding our service even if we ask for it
(-5p) We don’t know
3. Code History
3.a Has all the software been developed in-house?
(+3p) Yes, except for certain tools and specialized systems (like payment-services)
(+1p) No, non-critical parts were outsourced
(-1p) No, some critical parts where outsourced
(-10p) No, all development of the product has been outsourced
3.b If you are outsourcing, where is this being done?
(0p) Not relevant, we develop in-house
(0p) We have a partner in close proximity of our own offices and often work together physically
(-2p) We have a partner in our country but we primarily work remote
(-5p) We have a partner abroad and work exclusively remotely, our contractor has a team located in one place
(-10p) We have a partner abroad and work exclusively remotely, also the contractor is working distributed themselves
3.c Is the person who wrote the initial version still the main developer?
(+0p) Yes, he or she is still around and working on the product
(-1p) No, he or she is still around but is no longer involved with the development
(-5p) No, the developer is no longer associated with us
3.d Have you already build a similar product in the past?
3.e What is the experience of the development team?
(+3p) All our people are senior developers
(+1p) We employ a mix of senior, medior and junior developers
(-3p) We mostly develop this product with junior developers
(-5p) My wizzkid family member or friend is very experienced
3.f Is development for your product heavily dependant on domain knowledge?
(-3p) Yes, we operate in a specialized market and our product is tailored for experts and uses a lot of jargon
(0p) Not really, we operate in a general environment where most people have a basic understanding of the product
3.g Is the success of your product dependent on a few key people?
(-5p) Yes, we really have a problem if we lose our lead developer or project lead or other important team-members
(0p) No, we don’t rely on one or two people for our business. No one is more important than the team
4.a What area of development are you optimizing for?
(0p) Speed of development
(0p) Reliability of the system we develop
(-2p) Speed and reliability both
4.b How often do you have (major) releases?
(-5p) None yet, we have yet to unveil our product
(+5p) We use Continuous Releases
4.c How do you choose to build something versus buying an off-the-shelf solution?
(0p) We look at buying something first
(-5p) We look at building something first
(-1p) We look at development hours to build versus buy
(+2p) We look at development hours to build & maintain versus buy