We outsourced development (out of the country) to get a prototype of our site put together. The developer estimated 8 weeks for the project, but admitted that they could not guarantee that it might not take a little longer. Based on our lenghty description and a graphic we sent them of what we wanted and competitors in the space, they were able to in 2 weeks, provide a mock-up that we agreed to.
Today is the end of week 18. We have a project that is about 2/3rds finished, but nothing we can present as a functioning beta.
My question is what to do now to speed them up. We paid them half up front and promised the other half on delivery -- in hindsight, I wish we'd had more concrete milestones.
In any case, should I now:
- ask for a discount based on the inordinate delay which is pushing our launch back?
- ask for delivery of what we have now, pay no more and find a new developer in town to finish the project -- hopefully within the 2nd half of the original budget?
This delay is really not helping. The business is seasonal and we would love to be able to put something up in beta by the end of the year.
Thanks for any suggestions