Remote development teams are basically outsourced innovation labs nowadays, that work as a technology service provider. Most companies are currently looking for technology partners who can elevate them and add value to their organization, moving away from the objectives of traditional outsourcing such as cutting costs. The global outsourcing survey by Deloitte finds that outsourcing is getting transformed by disruptive technologies like cloud and automation. It is no longer just about the low cost but innovation, speed to market, enhanced user experience, and improved performance that the remote development companies offer are valued highly. These indicators factor in to elevate an organization and gain a competitive edge, according to the survey, seventy percent of its respondents believe their service providers have a reasonable or advanced ability to implement disruptive solutions.
Remote development or offshore development teams are a boon to organizations that are eager to recruit the best talent at a minimal cost. There are several factors organizations need to consider before choosing to go the offshore route to find skilled developers; in most cases – the geography, language, or time difference determinate the decision. Some organizations might be looking for a specific skill set in the remote development team, while some need a complete product development team for undertaking their project. In both cases, it is wise to follow certain best practices in every aspect while hiring an offshore development team.
1. Choosing the right resources
Before choosing the resources, discuss internally within your organization to understand the specific skills and talents that you need. Gather your requirements by consulting with your team then find the best offshore development team that works the best for you. Narrow it down based on geography, skill set, or their previous work.
While choosing specific talents to work on your project, make sure you get to interview each professional. If you get the opportunity to do video interviews, like how we (Perfomatix) do it. This way, you get to talk directly to potential candidates before making an informed decision.
2. Make sure communication channels are open and secure.
While choosing the right remote development team, it is vital to understand their communication channels and whether it ensures security & transparency. If the development team and your organization are in two different geographies in different timelines – then, you need to plan the frequency of meetings and how efficiently your remote team will be able to handle it. It is best to set up daily standups that are quick and efficient. Daily catchup helps us evolve cohesion between team members. Using Zoom or Skype as a communication tool is effective here. Zoom is much more convenient to communicate across different geographies since it has multiple collaboration options like screen sharing.
While communicating with your remote team, make sure you define the project as effectively as possible. A detailed description of project requirements and your vision has to be communicated to build a team spirit. It isn’t easy to create a team mindset while working remotely, but effective communication of your aspirations and expectations from the team & the project will make it easier. Technology service providers like Perfomatix, allocate a project manager free of cost with the remote team – making the communication process simpler.
3. The right tools and methodologies
Using the right tools for your project is crucial for successful completion. Cloud-based tools are much more efficient while choosing collaboration tools. Agile methodology work best for remote or offshore development based projects. It ensures transparency, agility and efficiency in product development.
For remote working environments, our top picks for team collaboration tools are –
- Slack, Skype, Zoom for morning scrum meetings (remote)
- Status reports and project management using tools like Zoho & Jira
- CRM tracking, assigning action items – Odoo
- Scheduled calls (remote) with clients, departments – Zoom
- Daily status review using different tools – Gsuite, Odoo
The technologies that are most sought after are cloud and robotic process automation (RPA). According to the survey by Deloitte, the vast majority of organizations, 93 percent are considering or adopting cloud solutions and, 72 percent are considering or adopting RPA solutions. Seventy percent of respondents believe their service providers have a reasonable or advanced ability to implement disruptive solutions. Pointing towards the growing trust in outsourcing technology requirements. Read the full survey here.
4. Time management matters
Assign defined timelines for completing the multiple sprints in the project, make sure the team is able to adhere to it. It is ideal to breakdown the project into clear goals or sprints on a weekly or daily basis. This makes it easier to track the progress of the project, while assigning timelines, make sure your team is setting achievable targets. Use Google sheets or Odoo to track the project – and assign team members to update their progress every day. A predefined timeline helps in overcoming the time zone issues which might lag communication.
5. Synchronized workflow
Once you have the right tools and a process in place, you should be feeling confident in your remote development. Team building processes like rewarding team members for better performance and innovative insights will help the whole process to be elevated. Allow yourself and the team to be flexible & innovative, workflow & processes need not be rigid, which might curtail creativity. Overcoming the cultural and language differences need to be taken seriously too. Your remote development team’s geography might be culturally different from that of yours, mutual respect, and setting common goals will help you overcome those hurdles. Make sure whatever the native language of yours and the team members might be, you are able to find common grounds in communicating.
Remote development teams could be as efficient as having an in-house development team. If you are unsure about hiring a whole technical wing for your organization, then going the offshore route is highly beneficial. Offshore development costs much less and helps in avoiding a whole lot of management & knowledge deficiency issues. For startups, it is especially beneficial since they could be facing budget crunches. Remote development widens your skill base and by never compromising on the quality of the end product.
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