According to a study conducted by Statista, the value of the software outsourcing Market can see as over 400 billion dollars by the end of 2021. This is hardly surprising as companies are increasingly looking to other countries as they look to streamline the cost of their software development.
One of the biggest questions facing management teams when dealing with offshore software outsourcing is how to effectively manage the situation. Effectively sourcing partners for offshore services where Labor costs are much lower can prove a very profitable venture for the IT industry however managing these teams effectively can cause huge logistical issues for a variety of reasons not least down to the fact that they’re located thousands of miles away from you in this article we would explore different methods that can help you improve the management of your offshore development teams.
As the outsourcing of software development has become an increasingly popular alternative for companies especially as they are looking to enhance their business performance while struggling with tight shortages. A industry leader McKinsey conducted the study which revealed over 85% of organizations struggle to fill cops in their software development teams and they expect this issue to only get worse in coming years this is why companies are turning to professional offshore developers who can offer the products and services they need at a much-reduced cost.
What are the key challenges facing managers dealing with Offshore Software Development Teams?
Obviously, when dealing with a software development team that is primarily based offshore there are some key considerations that you need to factor into account, many of which will create challenges that could directly affect the profitability of the solutions that are provided.
Time differences will have to be effectively managed the further your development team is located away from you the more difficulty you can have communicating with them
Obviously, if you are dealing with an offshore software development team language barriers could be an issue especially when trying to establish effective communication
Responding to demands and requirements can prove challenging when dealing with offshore development teams especially when you want to keep them up to date with the latest changes are strategies
These are just some of the issues that can impact the effectiveness of an offshore software development partnership because of this we put together four tips that will help you more effectively manage your offshore software development team and ensure that you get the highest level of productivity from your new offshore software outsourcing partners
1. Share key information
The first thing you need to pay attention to when working with offshore software outsourcing services is that the onboard process is essential as it can directly impact the performance of your new partners. Providing your new team members with all the project knowledge they require will enable you to organize the software development process more effectively and get the project completed more efficiently. Each project should have a dedicated database and this will allow software developers to share key information this will make it easier for each member of the development team to keep up the days with the new project and have it run effectively
2. Keep open lines of Communication
It should go without saying that effective communication will be Central to the success of any offshore software development collaboration and it’s vital for the working performance of your offshore team as mentioned previously the language barriers could potentially be a problem and could prevent workers from completing their tasks. Using industry-specific software that provides a platform for clear communication like Zoom Skype or Outlook will help you communicate with your offshore developers. Areas, where unclear verbal communication can be replaced with more effective forms, can help your developers seek the clarity they need.
Once this streamlined communication process is put in place pinpoint in critical issues and tracking the progress of the project or be easier regularly holding Q&A sessions and meetings will accelerate project completion as it will help increase your overall performance of your workflow
3. Provide the best working conditions possible
The issue of a skills gap has been around for decades. This issue becomes clearer to anyone who’s ever managed a team that is constantly reshaping the loss of investments, resources and time spent on onboarding and orienting new employees presents a massive challenge to businesses today. Outsourcing software development needs is one of the easiest ways to track down talented and routine qualified workers. My working time with your partners to ensure the working conditions of your software development team are continually improving, providing them with Fair compensation training opportunities, professional growth and even healthcare can ensure you retain the best members of any professional development team you work with. The more attractive you can make your project to new partners the more loyal and trusting they will be and this will can only lead to more talented employees being attracted to your company project.
4. Maintain consistency
One of the biggest issues facing the companies when managing offshore software development teams is that developers sometimes struggle to understand the core idea and purpose of a project. Research indicated that this is primarily down to the development environment being inconsistent core information issues, late detection of bugs and inferior software can all result in this problem arising. By clearly defining the tools that your partners need to use, you can help ensure that all essential processes follow the project guidelines. By working carefully with your offshore software development team managers you can help them implement more profitable and useful processes that will help them perform your tasks more effectively.
Obviously, these are only four things you should need to consider when partnering with an offshore software development team managing your communication workflow, knowledge sharing and project targets all require extensive planning. If you can effectively source a talented and dedicated offshore software development team you will undoubtedly gain significant benefits that include a huge return on investment
Thanh (Bruce) Pham – CEO
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