Agile and Pricing Model

Towa Software bills clients for actual work scope based on hourly rates of labor. The current rates are USD25-58 per hour blended fee. Invoices are issued biweekly or monthly unless otherwise agreed with the client.

Customers are charged for the number of hours worked on their project based on a 8-hour effective workday (1 hour is taken for internal meetings, training and other activities which are not billed to the client).

Work Sprint

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Working in Agile Scrum allows greater flexibility, agility and the opportunity to adjust requirements, shift directions, replace features, and involve users to get the very product they need.

Agile Scrum is highly recommended for projects with dynamic requirements, projects where the full scope is not defined, and those requiring flexibility to changes in scope and requirements.

Software project cost estimation – Guidelines

General Inquiries

How does Towa estimate the app development cost?

Our technical analysts gather all the information received from you and prepare a list of major functionalities/main modules of your app. Then the complexity of these modules is estimated and translated into the number of hours required to develop them. This is based on our experience creating similar applications and a thorough analysis of your requirements.


Familiarising yourself with the idea of User Stories and presenting your requirements in this form will speed up the process of app development costs estimation and conform with Agile development processes in Towa.

Can I get my project estimated and how do I do that?

Estimation of your project’s cost is one of the initial phases of establishing cooperation. Once you drop us an email to support@towasoftware.com or fill out the contact form on our website, we will provide you with a set of questions regarding your mobile or web project and set up an online meeting to discuss details. To ensure confidentiality, we can sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before you give us any sensitive details.

 

What do I need to provide for accurate estimation?

After signing an NDA to protect your idea and any intellectual property that will be disclosed, we will ask you to provide a description of the application. The more details you will be able to give us, the better our understanding of your needs and requirements. Please send us any documentation you might have regarding your project and a description in your own words of what your app is going to be. If you have any UX/UI mockups prepared, they will be a great help as well.

What is included in the mobile app development estimate?

Your estimate will be sent in the form of a slide presentation and will include the following:
1. The team composition for your project
2. Proposed schedule of work incl. start date
3. Estimate of: the number of hours and the overall cost of your development
4. Choice of technologies to be used
5. Additional info about Towa Software (portfolio etc..)

Do the rates vary according to the type of work performed?

The hourly rates depend on the team members’ competencies, seniority level and the technology proposed for your project. The hourly breakdown in the estimate will show the rates charged for particular team members’ work.

Software project cost estimation – Example

In the table below you will find complete examples of 2 projects – small and large size. The estimates, pricing, and labor breakdown are based on actual projects completed by Towa Software. Both examples represent Time&Material billing model in Scrum methodology.

Small

Team & Work Estimation
Team Leader, Scrum master
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
4
Month 2
8
Month 3
4
UX / UI Designer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
10
Month 2
2
Month 3
2
Android Developer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
5
Month 2
20
Month 3
10
iOS Developer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
5
Month 2
20
Month 3
10
QA Engineer
Regular
Day cost
$294
Month 1
5
Month 2
11
Month 3
6
Summary
MD Summary
Total
122
Month 1
29
Month 2
61
Month 3
32
Estimated cost per month
Month 1
$9534
Month 2
$20034
Month 3
$10500
Estimated cost total
$40068
Team
Work estimation (days)
RoleExperienceDay costHourly RateMonth 1
Team Leader, Scrum master
Senior
$336$484
UX / UI Designer
Senior
$336$4810
Android Developer
Senior
$336$485
iOS Developer
Senior
$336$485
QA Engineer
Regular
$294$425
Summary
MD per month29
Estimated cost per month$9 534
MD Total122
Estimated cost total$40 068

Medium

Team & Work Estimation
Team Leader, Scrum master
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
8
Month 2
15
Month 3
13
Month 4
10
UX / UI Designer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
20
Month 2
1
Month 3
1
Month 4
1
Backend Developer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
8
Month 2
20
Month 3
20
Month 4
10
Android Developer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
2
Month 2
20
Month 3
20
Month 4
15
Android Developer
Regular
Day cost
$294
Month 1
0
Month 2
15
Month 3
10
Month 4
8
iOS Developer
Senior
Day cost
$336
Month 1
2
Month 2
20
Month 3
20
Month 4
15
iOS Developer
Regular
Day cost
$294
Month 1
0
Month 2
15
Month 3
10
Month 4
8
QA Engineer
Senior
Day cost
$294
Month 1
5
Month 2
20
Month 3
15
Month 4
20
Summary
MD Summary
Total
367
Month 1
45
Month 2
126
Month 3
109
Month 4
87
Estimated cost per month
Month 1
$14910
Month 2
$40236
Month 3
$35154
Month 4
$27720
Estimated cost total
$118020
Team
Work estimation (days)
RoleExperienceDay costHourly RateMonth 1
Team Leader, Scrum master
Senior
$336$488
UX / UI Designer
Senior
$336$4820
Backend Developer
Senior
$336$488
Android Developer
Senior
$336$482
Android Developer
Regular
$294$420
iOS Developer
Senior
$336$482
iOS Developer
Regular
$294$420
QA Engineer
Senior
$294$425
Summary
MD per month45
Estimated cost per month$14 910
MD Total367
Estimated cost total$118 020

App Development Price – FAQ

Can I develop my cross-platform app with you?

Sure, you can! We provide a native as well as a cross-platform development. Are you interested to learn more about both approaches? Download our ebook and find out more.

Can you help me with my project idea?

We always propose workshops in the beginning of cooperation as with our almost 20 years experience we are able to help prepare MVP and a backlog of ideas for the next development stages. Here, you can learn more about our UX/UI design workshops.

How is the Project Manager’s work billed?

The Project Manager’s work will be shown in your estimate. It usually amounts to 10-15% of the total number of hours required for your development.

How and when are the invoices issued?

We issue invoices after each Sprint’s completion. In Towa Software, we work using Agile Scrum methodology and Sprints usually last around 2 weeks. All invoices are issued according to international trade rules and regulations and details are agreed when signing the contract.

How much does it cost to make an app like Uber?

Taxi hailing apps of various sizes and complexity are being developed all around the world, and Uber is considered the trendsetter here. The cost of developing an app of this kind depends on a range of factors and it would be hard to give even an approximate figure. An article about Uber type application cost might give you a better idea what’s involved in creating an Uber-like service.

How much does UX design cost?

The process of designing the UX/UI can take anywhere between 40-600 hours. The more complex your project the longer it will take to design all the elements of it. An average size app (by Towa Software’s standards) needs about 400 hours spent on UX/UI design and the cost of the process is about USD8000-30000.

How much does development cost?

The tables above show examples of cost breakdown of 2 projects completed by Towa Software. Generally, the development cost of your app will depend on the complexity and size of your project. Additionally, we’ve prepared the whole article considering different determinants of the app development cost – how much does it cost to make an app in 2020.

Who will develop my app? Will I meet the team?

A dedicated, in-house or remote team will be assigned to your project. We can conduct the onboarding/project launch workshops in one of our offices (in San Antonio, Monterrey, or Mexico City) or send the team over to you for introductions. For the duration of the project, your team will be available online on a daily basis and you will be continuously updated on the progress.

Is it expensive to visit our Delivery Centers?

We would be glad to have you over in any of Towa Software’s offices. Mexico is a popular tourist destination and each of the cities we reside in has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained after talking business. Compared to other USA cities, we’re considered relatively inexpensive.

What are the costs of SLA/support?

For small/medium sized mobile apps that do not require immediate response to issues or 24-hour support, the cost of an SLA starts from about USD5000 per month. For larger projects, with a large user base and minimum acceptable downtime, a dedicated team would be required. The cost of such support would need to be agreed individually with the client.

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