With economic uncertainty seemingly a mainstay of life in the UK, businesses are naturally keeping an eye on future spend and potential ways to reign in cost. One of those options is to consider outsourcing your software development needs to remote teams.
Getting a great team of developers in the one place isn’t always easy, but software development isn’t different to any other business problem; great team dynamics and strong communication is absolutely vital. Whilst some may be hesitant, organisations shouldn't feel that having a remote team is a barrier to success.
I have teams in Hungary and Spain servicing a number of clients in the UK and there is one key differentiator that provides the best chance of success; we have senior representatives from these teams and a management layer living in the UK. Whether the work goes to Spain or Hungary, we’ll always kick off the relationship face to face with members of our remote teams delivering the work.
There are a number of factors involved in answering the outsource question, but here are a few examples of when it might be the right time:
Many companies are waking up to the fact that having a development team directly under your nose doesn’t mean it will be effective. The tools and methods for remote working are successfully embedded in some very well-known enterprises. For the price of cobbling together a disparate team of skillful but inexperienced developers, you could have a remote team with bags of experience, assembled for the client need and with an appropriate layer of management ensuring it all stays on track. If you’re looking at outsourcing development, here are some tips of what you should look out for:
A decent place to kick off a new outsourced relationship is identifying a small project or prototype. This should spotlight the willingness and quality of the partner you’ve chosen.
From a suppliers' perspective, it's important your new partners be given space to succeed and not be tarnished by any negative experiences of previous incumbents.
I’m always interested in the experience of others, therefore please feel free to share some of your own, be they good or bad!
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