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If you’re a software company, you have a few options for hiring developers. You can source, hire, train and manage an internal team locally, or you can find a partner who specializes in offshoring and hire a remote development team. Like most things in business (and life!), the choice comes down to what your specific needs are and which variables are most important to your success.
What Are Remote Software Development Teams?
Dedicated Development Teams
Outsourced Development Teams
What Is the In-House Development Team, And How Is It Different From the Offshore One?
Pros And Cons Of Building Offshore Software Development Teams
Pros And Cons Of an In-House Software Development Team
Best Practices For Managing Offshore Software Development Teams
Achieve the Perfect Balance With Yourshoring
Remote software development teams are utilized by companies large and small who are looking to reduce costs of software development services and bulk up on specialty talent. They hire employees around the world (sometimes across multiple continents) to bolster their at-home efforts.
There are two types of remote software development teams: a dedicated development team and an outsourced one.
Dedicated offshore development teams act as an extension of your in-house team. They are 100% dedicated to your product roadmap and are emotionally invested in your collecgive success. Think of them as just about the same as your in-house team except they happen to live somewhere other than your local region.
The plus of the dedicated software development teams is that you can manage them directly without involving third-party intermediaries. However, some dedicated software development services providers prefer their project managers to control the process, which can create obstacles for you (more on that later…).
The downside of dedicated team is that they aren’t a good solution for short-term projects since they are meant to be a long-term extension of your in-house resources.
Outsourcing is great for those non-core activities that are more short term or project-based in nature. This might be building a lightweight mobile app when you are an enterprise company, or building a new feature that you don’t want to burn internal resources working on.
The upside is that outsourcing provides a lot of flexibility and is typically quicker than trying to stand up an internal team yourself.
But if you decide to head down this outsourcing path, you must be prepared for limited visibility and control over the team, as well as high churn since the outsourcing agency is constantly shifting resources among various clients.
The in-house development team is exactly as it sounds: these are engineers, developers, programmers, project managers, etc., who build and implement the software solutions but are based locally (either in the home state or home country of the company). In this respect, you can also call it your “onshore” team too.
By contrast, an offshore team lives and works in other countries that usually have a lower cost of living (though often not standard of living!). This allows offshore teams to be more cost-effective than onshore or in-house teams, especially ones based in North America or Western Europe.
Best regions to employ dedicated offshore development teams are Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, and Romania are leaders) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia are top of the pack here). By contrast, outsourcing –versus offshoring – is more common in India and parts of Asia (such as Vietnam and The Philippines).
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The most important thing when managing an offshore development team is to establish clear and concise communication channels.
You can achieve this by setting up regular video or audio calls, using a project management tool like Asana, Trello, Basecamp, or simply Google Drive.
When developers perform dozens of individual tasks each day, it’s essential that they know where they are in their projects, understand how their efforts affect those projects and stay updated on any changes. Being mindful of what pieces developers are working on and when their deliverables are due will ensure a high quality finished product.
It’s essential to ensure that your software product is ready for prime time by shifting testing and security farther up in the process.
This means testing things sooner to identify and fix problems so you don’t have a problem causing a bottleneck later on..
Moreover, continue testing after launch to make sure you didn’t miss anything, and be sure to collect as much user feedback as possible along the way.
Remote development teams don’t want to spend hours in a change management meeting to get approval for low-risk application deployments.
This meeting isn’t the best use of time, but it’s crucial for operational and security teams, who often trace production incidents back to these change approvals.
In tandem with operations and compliance leaders, development teams that have implemented CI/CD, continuous testing, and shift-left security practices should explore ways to digitize or automate approvals for low-risk changes. To do that, they can use, for instance, the auto-approve standard changes functionality in Jira.
Using the right communication channels will reduce stress and keep everyone on the same page. It is critical that your development team feels emotionally connected to each other, so make liberal use of such communication platforms as WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts.
One of the things that can prevent your remote development team from working effectively is a lack of trust among the group. On-site employees have decades to get to know each other and build trust whereas offshore staff often don’t meet in person. Thus, remedy this challenge by getting the entire development team face-to-face at least once per year. Though it can be expensive with travel and logistics costs, it will have a strong ROI that will payoff long after the event.
The ideal solution for software development would be to marry the best of both onshore and offshore worlds.
Thankfully TurnKey developed exactly this: we call it Yourshoring.
Though it looks similar to offshoring, it’s something totally different. Yourshoring has all the advantages of an in-house team combined with all the benefits of an offshore one.
In short, Yourshoring gives you total control of your dedicated team, but also provides you with custom recruiting that helps quicken your speed to market. And then we focus on keeping your staff happy so that churn never slows you down.
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Remote development teams have become a staple of many startups, but managing them can be difficult. You may not need a physical office for your whole team, but you still need to be able to collaborate and communicate efficiently. Here are some tips for making remote work easier: set up a regular communication schedule, have weekly meetings, set clear expectations and deliverables, and have a shared calendar.
Like many other management models, Agile depends on effective communication between stakeholders to help solve problems. But when developers are spread across time zones, holding regular, two-way conversations with your team members can be difficult. Thus organizing effective communication channels and methods to make your remote team members feel included is the most critical action you can take.
There is no silver bullet or single methodology that works for all projects and all environments, but some techniques are better than others for remote development work. For example, some of the most successful remote work has been done in the agile method of Scrum. Scrum is an iterative development framework that can be applied across all kinds of projects and environments, whether they're being conducted in person, over the phone, or remotely.
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