Similar to building a house, the development of a web application or site begins with terms of reference (hereinafter - TOR). In business terms, a TOR is a document that contains all the fundamental parameters of an Internet project: from business goals to design and development nuances. Metaphorically speaking, TOR is like a recipe for a dish. The more detailed information, the better the final result will be.
The importance of a detailed specification cannot be overemphasized. TOR is the foundation for the further development of the entire project. Working on TOR is important for optimizing work processes and for reducing time and financial costs later. What is more important than ever, TOR is crucial for establishing mutual understanding between the customer and the contractor.
Suppose you have an idea of how to use information technology to give a new impetus to business development. There is often a temptation to immediately move on to the direct implementation of plans. For example, speed up the development of a site, saving money at the planning stage. But such haste is rarely justified, and here’s why TOR is required:
If the contractor has not implemented the desired function on the site, you can always refer to the contract and remind them that everything must be done following the TOR.
While working on requirements, generalized and disparate ideas evolve into tangible form and structure. An abstract dream becomes a goal with a sequence of actions and a time frame.
When investing money for the implementation of your idea, you, like no one else, should be interested in the most rational spending. Competent planning saves you from unnecessary costs and allows you to spend your budget as efficiently as possible.
It is always appropriate to start creating a website with writing TOR. As our experience shows, the economy on TOR always turns into much higher costs at later stages. Redoing a nearly finished product is always more expensive and painful than making changes to a project.
It is much more convenient for developers to perform work in accordance with the detailed specification for at least two reasons:
A well-written TOR protects against unforeseen conflicts and misunderstandings. The client and the contractor can always refer to this document when any controversial issues arise.
1. Developing a project concept: It all starts with discussing a project. This includes the target audience, monetization methods, potential competitors, and project weaknesses.
2. Sitemap creation: it is created to visualize the project structure, program modules, and relationships between them.
3. Description of the work of each module of the project: it means direct drawing up of the TOR taking into account all the information that was revealed at the previous stages.
4. Analysis of the project by experienced specialists: discussion of the project with a team of specialists for the best ways to implement the project.
5. Creating a Backlog of the project with the calculation of hours / cost: breaking the project into functional modules and calculating the costs of their implementation to detail the assessment of the entire project.
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