Sorry for the long post. The short version of this question is just like the title: How To Convince Boss To Sell In-Development App To Software Company
I work as the sole software developer in a Civil Engineering (CE) software distributor, ie, the company doesn't produce CE software but sells it, supports it and creates macros for it (my role). Our company works very closely with the CE software dev company and much of our staff used to work there. We regularly liaise with the CE software companies' 2 owners. Both our companies are small and very informal.
As a way to encourage engineers and surveyors to use our CE software over other competitors the boss asked me to develop a Tablet application that can be used on site to render the CE designs in a 3d navigable world.
Currently the app is in the infant alpha stage with limited features.
The application has great potential but my boss doesn't provide the project with enough capital, test nodes, time or programmers (its just myself) to develop the app. He's more focused towards the day to day selling of the main CE software.
His approach is create something quick and dirty, release it and add/fix features from there IF the product is profitable OR has alot of interest. In the past, this approach has led to software ideas with great potential being released when they dont have all the features and therefore the users are initially very interested but quickly loose interest when they trial it an realise it doesn't do want they want. So ofcourse they dont purchase the software. I believe it would be a great mistake to do the same with this tablet app. My boss is not a technical person in the Software Development sense but is a former Civil Engineer. He lacks the mettle and temperament for software development - to be able to stick it out when there are bugs, when you need to come up with a solution to a difficult problem.
How can I articulate to my boss that I think its in the best interest of his business to sell the app as it is to the CE software development company (CESDC)?
This app, if completed, would be a product he could sell just like the current software we sell and would be a great advertising tool for the current software we sell aswell - the app is visually unique. Knowing the owners, they would jump at this opportunity.
I wish to continue to work on the project therefore I would like to work for the CESDC and continue the project there. This is where is becomes tricky to articulate my ideas because it can be interpretted as 'I dont want to work for you anymore but I want you to sell your app to the CESDC and I want to work for them'. It makes it harder because the CESDC owners and the boss are close friends.
- How would you go about this situation?
- Literally in what setting would you bring this up? Ask for a formal meeting, one day just bring it up when chatting?
- How would you phrase this concept/idea to my boss?
- Would you go straight to the CESDC owners and ask them what they think of the app?