Offshoring Guide: Software Development Teams

Simple Guide to Offshore Teams

If you are a business owner in need of a team of esteemed and skilled people to work on your business processes, you may opt for sourcing an offshore team to help you. Read on to learn about how offshoring works and how you can assemble your offshore team.

What is Offshoring?

As you come across this topic, you may already have an idea about what offshoring is. It is basically expanding your company’s operations to a foreign country, thus the term “offshore”. As this endeavor contributes largely to the future of your company, it is very important to know the way-ins and way-outs of handling your business operations. One of these is the offshore team management.

Managing the offshore team is an important and impactful part in an offshore organization as it determines the productivity of your company with specific set of strategies that you implement.

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What are some preparations for hiring offshoring team?

There are risks upon engaging in any business venture. It is essential for your organization to be prepared for the possible risks that go with offshoring. For your offshore team, these preparations include training, risk management, and communication, among others.

For training and knowledge transfer, it is important that the teams have the required skill set for the job. Your responsibility as an employer is to give them the resources to further enhance their skills and talents for the productivity of your organization. The essential part of training is to form an alignment of the values and standards of the organizations all throughout. Since your company is engaging with people of different values and skills, this step should necessarily be prepared so as to avoid mishaps as the operations carry on.

It is also essential to prepare the communication medium to be used. Your company should be able to find a channel to communicate especially in meetings, daily scrums, and video conferences. With this in mind, find an Internet service provider that best fits the connection speed you will be needing and break the network out to your offshore team so they could enjoy smoother communication and faster operations which can lead to faster production.

Apart from the technical side of communication, your company should also vet in a team with strong English skills. Ideally, you and your team should have a common ground in communication; English is the most common language in the world. By establishing a mutual understanding through a common language, miscommunications and misinformation may be highly avoided.

As far as other factors go, one that should be invested in is risk management. It is important to identify the possible risks your organization might encounter in offshoring. One thing, for example, is the data security and protection. When offshoring, you are not only transferring knowledge of the company to your teams but as well as important and confidential data that your company acquires from research, clients, and operations. This matter is highly emphasized to be prepared if ever breaches occur. This is where training and communication are helpful with risk management; proper training familiarizes the employees with the company values and standards to follow while clear communication enables mutual understanding on both party’s intentions and motivations in working together.

What kind of teams are there?

Managing team—this is a set of employees who are assigned with their own personal responsibilities and accountabilities. They are the team who are responsible for the operations that are not necessarily related to the product of the company but mostly on handling administrative and management activities. Some roles that need to be filled in this team are human resources, maintenance, supply managers, and health monitoring among others.

Task force team— the task force team consists of the people who will be working on the products and services of the company. They are the gears that keep the company going. This team may be divided according to the employees’ expertise. For example, you could have a pool of developers that you can still subdivide into smaller teams such as Android developers, Java developers, .NET developers, and so on.

Cross-functional team—cross-functional teams are teams that are forged in order to supplement a requirement that the client needs. This is mainly found among employees who have resilient qualities that enable them to work on different projects and different clients.

In a development setup, it could be that the company graphic designer will work with the development team to supply graphics and input aesthetical recommendations for the website or application in order to supplement more value and quality to the output. Same goes for content writers who will provide ideas and marketing content in order to add more quality and information to the products of the company.

What do we get from Offshore teams?

In order for your business to flourish, you will need the right talent pool of people who can deliver the needs of your business and customers alike. You can definitely do that when you offshore teams abroad. Offshoring in itself is already a cost-saving business strategy. Through this, you can have people working for your business at a lower price but optimal output.

Aside from that, you can also have constant site support as offshoring to other countries entails a difference in time zones, thus, making your company services available at any time of the day for your users and customers.

Additionally, this engagement gives you the opportunity to gain access to an intelligent and experienced market of the area of the business process that you do. Offshore teams have specializations on business processes that they can focus on so the product will always be at its best.

The best thing about offshoring with Full Scale is taking full control of the process through our Guided Development.

What is Guided Development?

Guided Development is a process designed by Full Scale where you can be in control of your product and how it is produced. At Full Scale, we handle the recruitment, assessment, and employment of the team that best fits to work for you and your product. Through this, our team will also be a part of your team.

Our software development teams are experienced with handling jobs from North American clients, have the skills needed for development, can communicate in proper and professional English, and are familiar with the software development life cycles.

Once this is established, the teams will dedicate their time and hard work in producing the best output for your product. This can be done with your guidance and leadership.

Benefits of Full Scale's Guided Development

What are the benefits of Guided Development?

  1. Remove unnecessary layers of management—this means you don’t need to worry about the micromanagement within teams since the company keeps that in check.
  2. Increase access to your team—this makes you more hands-on even without being physically present during the production since there are easier avenues for you to communicate with the people who are working on your product.
  3. Improve communication—Guided Development makes it easier for you to approach the team and communicate with them in regards to production processes. This is particularly helpful when you need changes to be implemented at a critical amount of time.
  4. Shorten timelines—the unnecessary discovery of tasks and acquiring new knowledge will be decremented since the offshore teams that will be working on your product are already experienced in their own specialized fields.

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At Full Scale, we will provide you with offshore teams that will be very helpful for you to grow your business. With a wide range of software development teams, we are sure to find the perfect one to work on your business. Contact us today!