Introduction: What is an Offshore Development Team?
An offshore development team is a remote software development firm that develops software for clients. These teams are often located in countries with lower costs of living and labor than the client’s country.
The outsourcing of software development became more popular in the 1980s. It was considered a cost-effective way to develop high-quality code with a team of programmers who are cheaper than those available locally. Today, there are many offshore outsourcing companies that have grown into large multinational corporations. They have become significant players in the global economy, helping their clients grow their businesses at low costs by providing skilled developers to create innovative products and services at scale without having to pay high costs for local labor or office space.
Why Choose to Offshore Your Project
Offshore development teams are a cost-effective way to get work done in a global, scalable way.
Offshore software development teams work closely with the customer and their software developers. They also have a strong knowledge of the customer’s needs and expectations. The team will then create a detailed scope for the project before they start to develop.
The offshore software development team is not just responsible for coding, but must integrate design with programming in order to be successful when releasing a final product to the market.
If you’re looking to cut costs and gain access to a global pool of talent, offshoring your software development is definitely the way to go.
How to Hire the Best Developers For Your Offshore Projects?
We have to make a careful hiring decision which is a complex process in itself. The candidates who are the best fit for the position should be recruited. However, there are some common mistakes that can be avoided to make this process effective and successful.
Some of the things that we need to consider when looking for developers are their level of expertise in the relevant field, their past performance and competencies, and their work ethic. We also need to take into account whether they have experience working with overseas clients or not, this will determine whether they can effectively understand what you’re trying to communicate with them.
The right offshore developer is an integral part of a company’s success because they help create a vision for customers by taking care of all aspects of software development from requirements analysis to designing and developing software
With a partner like Shoreteams assisting you, you can easily react to your company’s scaling needs with developers on demand. Just send us your list of requirements, or give us a call and we’ll take it from there!
Proper Planning is Essential To Ensure Software Development Success
Proper Planning is Essential to Ensure Software Development Success
In this section, we will be discussing how proper planning can help ensure success in software development. There are many different reasons that proper planning is essential to ensure a project goes smoothly and successfully, but we will primarily be focusing on the following three:
1) Proper Planning Prevents Poor Design Decisions,
2) Proper Planning Prevents Poor Development Decisions, and
3) Proper Planning Helps Avoid Scope Creep.
Scope creep in project management refers to changes, continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope, at any point after the project begins.
It’s important to avoid all of these since the first two will surely lead to a lack of quality, and the third surely for a significant loss in cost-effectiveness of the project. Time is money after all. So plan ahead to make for an effective and efficient software development process.
This way, you’ll be planning for success!
10 Tips for a Successful Offshore Project
There are some basic guidelines that you should follow before taking on any offshore project. With these 10 tips you are guaranteed success:
- Hire a full time project manager for your offshore projects to ensure that the project is completed on schedule and within budget.
- Select the right team members based on your budget and timeline of the project
- Create a detailed scope of work for all team members, including their tasks, deadlines, and deliverables
- Define milestones or checkpoints to measure progress
- Be open minded to feedback
- Establish clear communication (synchronous and asynchronous, think instant messaging, email and video conferencing)
- Focus on improving the working conditions for your team
- Implement a unified approach to using the defined tools for work (different development tools and environments can cause lack of overall quality)
- Don’t micro-manage from a distance (empower and trust your team) 10. Show, don’t tell (use video and pictures to explain where you want improvement)
Some extra advice: share your product vision with the team and show them how they fit into the bigger picture. It’s key for your team to feel like your team, not your ‘offshore team.’ Have their work hours overlap with yours to some degree and really involve them in the work.
You hired smart and talented people, so set high expectations for them and allow them room to engage. This way you’ll surely get the best results from your offshore development team!