7 Tips to Work Successfully with Offshore Software Development Team
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7 Tips to Work Successfully with Offshore Software Development Team

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An early part of the digital transformation project's viability was to find a consulting team and provide software technology solutions. These steps would be useless, however, if the offshore work's subsequent stages do not have some key linkages, one of which is heavily dependent on communication and interaction between enterprise personnel and service delivery personnel.

Effective communication necessitates effort on both sides, posing a unique set of challenges due to cultural differences and communication concerns, multiple time zones, as well as task management and discipline. As a result, this post will go through 7 tips to work successfully with an offshore software development team. Find out now!

 

Agile Methodology for Your Offshore Work, Why Not?

Using an Agile approach, development teams may find more efficient and effective methods to build software by offering a clear structure that encourages iterative development, team cooperation, and an emphasis on efficiency and productivity. Globally, Agile methodology is already widely utilized as a simple and successful framework for software development that helps teams provide more value to their clients faster.

The biggest bright point of this methodology is the client involvement - emphasizing the role of the client in most of the stages of the project. One of the primary advantages of it is the capacity to adjust and modify at any point based on the market conditions and input from clients. Saigon Technology has been utilizing the Agile methodology so far to its wide range of software development projects. And there have never been any clients to complain about it.

 

7 Tips to Work Successfully with Offshore Software Development

1. Compose the product's strategic vision

When it comes to Agile and working with an offshore team, it's important to identify the total number of tasks that must be accomplished by a certain date before beginning work on the project. Here, a thorough work strategy is developed and presented to the team as a whole picture of the project. In the Scope of Work, you should include all of the deliverables that the team is required to give, including deadlines, reports and a schedule.

2. Plan the product's release in detail

To create a product development plan, you must split the scope of work into time periods. On the product roadmap, you'll get a high-level picture of what's needed to realize the product vision. A product roadmap is a fluid tool, thus timelines and functionality may vary based on the speed of the development process, user needs, and other external variables, which should be noted. All members of the offshore development team will have access to a clear image of the product development process, which will be available to them at all times.

3. Set up regular meetings

An ideal way to communicate with each other is to keep updating about each other’s activities and issues. Besides, we can conduct meetings to assess the demos also. Usually held at the conclusion of each iteration, a demo is a presentation of the team's intermediate results. During demos, the product owner or project manager should provide constructive input to the team and make sure that it is documented in the demo report or presentation. Determining the positives and negatives of the last iteration, as well as developing solutions for them, is also essential for both parties.

4. Keep updating via collaboration platforms

Applications such as Trello, Slack, Zoom, JIRA… have become more and more widely used thanks to the growth of offshore work. Offshore development teams & Product owners are more productive when they use the appropriate collaboration platforms. As opposed to sitting in a room together, these technologies help keep everyone on the same page despite variances in time zones and locales.

Moreover, in order to create a colleague relationship and to build trust between the two sides of the software development process (software development is not something that can be done at once), we communicate regularly with our offshore teams through online meetings using popular communication tools like Skype, Join Me, Whatsapp, etc.

5. Ensure seamless work process

In addition to learning about the partner firm, companies are also accountable for sharing information with their offshore partner about their own business. When the offshore team starts working, they will feel comfortable and welcomed as actual members rather than a hired entity since both sides have a mutual understanding of the organizational structure, working procedures, and products.

Work with your offshore team to ensure seamless workflow and no interruptions by communicating your company's goals, concepts & needs in great detail, from day one up to product launch day.

6. Communicate consistently with one another

Please don’t assign a task and hide it for a long time before checking it out. You should also hold daily team meetings or participate in them. It seems difficult and time-consuming, doesn't it? Who knows whether everything is going as planned?

Alternatively, your team may gradually lose concentration and excitement because they believe that you are unconcerned with the team's growth. As a result, it's important to have daily talks regarding the project's development. While I understand the need to communicate every hour, I think you should conduct a meeting every morning before the team starts work to recap and describe what was accomplished the day before. and what difficulties have occurred and how they were addressed today...

7. Keep an eye on them, yet don't ‘micromanage’ them.

Finally and honestly, nobody wants to be micromanaged in their career. Some things may not feel right to you, but for the engineers, it's just part of the process of ensuring the project's success in the future. You should thus communicate any queries or recommendations you may have in a positive manner so that the engineers will always feel appreciated.

 

Bottom Lines

The corporate client-side needs to manage the offshore team efficiently, the outsourcing firm side needs to have a cooperative attitude and goodwill to overcome problems arising during the project process. It would be easier to deal with challenges and issues that arise during project execution since the team will be able to comprehend your desires, and you will be able to grasp what the team is going through. Aside from the credentials of the software engineers on the offshore team, one of the most essential aspects determining project success is communication. This is seen as an easy element to overcome, but it is also one that needs really concentrated efforts to address.

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