5 Essential Tips for Offshore Software Outsourcing

Offshore software outsourcing is a growing practice for many reasons. Aside from the cost advantage, it provides companies with a pool of talent they may not have access to on their own.

Outsourcing is also a big deal for organizations finding it difficult to run all their software development processes in house either due to time or manpower challenges. Outsourcing can help to level the competitive field among the big and smaller players in an industry.

While there are clear benefits to outsourcing software development, you can’t just jump in and expect everything to work out fine. Like every process, there are some preparations and best practises that you need to adopt

In this article, we will discuss some tips to make your software outsourcing process a success.

1. Develop a Strategy

A strategy along with a detailed plan on how to manage your project must be developed. Your plan should clearly outline the path you will like to follow from the start to the end of the project lifecycle.

A part of your strategy will be the project requirements for both the short and long term. With a solid plan, you will know the parts of the software development that can be done in-house based on current resources and also the aspects that need outsourcing.

Planning should also include financing, timeline and goals so that you can properly structure the software project to be outsourced.

Finally, your plan should cover project supervision, scope and how to handle potential changes.

2. Interview your Team

When you find a promising outsource team, getting to know them via an interview is highly recommended.

Through interviews, you can screen candidates for your team to ensure they are the best fit to deliver a quality software project. You can also learn how your potential team handles challenging tasks, their level of focus and motivation by interacting with them prior to project award.

How do you go about the interview?

First, make a list of the deliverables and the qualities you want in developers. Then interview the people you think have what it takes to complete your project using your list as a guideline..

This shouldn’t be limited to just questions, check the team’s portfolio, past projects and client feedback as well.

3. Set Your Budge

Without finance, no project can be completed.

Budget overrun is a common cause of project stalling. It may even cause total failure. To avoid complications, set a specific and realistic budget after deciding on the quality and the scope of work that you require.

Inform your outsource team about your budget before the project begins, this will help align your goals and ensure a smooth cooperation to build the software.

While trying to minimize costs, ensure that your budget covers all the essential features of your software product.

4. Encourage Cooperation

Even if you want to outsource your software development to free your inhouse team from extra work. They still need to know about the outsourced project’s progress to work effectively in delivering the final product.

This is especially necessary for complex software where one part depends on the other to work. With your inhouse and outsource team working together and getting updates, you can easily detect issues with software compatibilities, missing features and others before they can cause serious delay.

If you are new to outsourcing, you or your inhouse team may find it challenging to keep up at first. New management and organizational structures will help with coordination with your remote team.

5. Establish an Efficient Communication System

Before setting up a system, ensure that there is no communication barrier between you and your target team. This can easily be ascertained via initial interview.

When using an offshore outsource team, some communication challenges may occur as you can’t just walk to their table for updates as obtained in a close space environment.

As a team manager, you can set effective communication methods that are convenient for you and the outsource team.

From your initial consultations, you should have set expectations of frequency and manner of communication.

A team working abroad may need quick directions or instructions on project specifications and critical choices that may come up during development. You may deploy tools such as Skype and Trello to keep you and your team on the same page about the software project.

Offshore software outsourcing can be a game changer for your business if done right. The tips discussed above will put you on the right track.

It may be challenging to find the right development partner for your software. Fortunately, Binate Solutions has the requisite experience and skills to make your project a success. Contact us today to discuss your project.