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Anatomy of a Full
Cycle Nearshore
Development
Company
By Volodymyr Kostanda, CEO,
Adoriasoft, Ukraine
Insight
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Adoriasoft
Novgorodska Street, 11, office 411,
61166 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Phone: +1(559) 927 39 61
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Anatomy of a Full Cycle Nearshore Development Company

"Anatomy of a Full Cycle Nearshore Development Company" By Volodymyr Kostanda, CEO, Adoriasoft, Ukraine
http://adoriasoft.com
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Anatomy of a Full Cycle Nearshore Development Company

  1. 1. Anatomy of a Full Cycle Nearshore Development Company By Volodymyr Kostanda, CEO, Adoriasoft, Ukraine Insight OUTSOURCING JOURNALSPECIAL EDITIONS www.outsourcing-journal.org Q1/2-2016 - English, Deutsch LEAD SPONSOR SPONSOR JOURNALJOURNAL OUTSOURCINGOUTSOURCING www.outsourcing-verband.org SPECIAL EDITIONSSPECIAL EDITIONS TEDITION OUTSOURCING 94 pages shared knowledge incl. the topics: Interview: The IT Function and Robotic Process Automation Hidden Costs of Creating Software How to protect IP while outsourcing embedded software and electronics design What should HR leaders focus on in 2016? and more. This article is part of the ITO Edition of the Outsourcing Journal Q1/2 2016, which can be downloaded free of charge via www.outsourcing-verband.org
  2. 2. ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Page 3The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved. Today understanding the way a full cycle software develop- ment company operates may be of an utmost importance to companies seeking a nearshore development partner. The providers of such full cycle software development services are thus empowered to share their thoughts and experience, which may ultimately help IT vendors be better prepared for evaluations and negotiations with their software develop- ment partners. In three subsequent parts of the article I tried to provide some deep insights into ‘behind-the-scenes’ soft- ware development processes, key factors to keep in mind when choosing a nearshore software development partner and main recommendations on effective communication with them. 5 Essentials of a full cycle software devel- opment company First of all, let’s outline main features of a full-cycle software development company. Full cycle software development em- braces all stages of a project implementation and ensures good software built on a turn-key basis. Unlike individual free- lancers a full cycle development company takes full responsi- bility for project implementation starting from requirements gathering/specification analysis up to deployment and deliv- ery of a tailored-made solution with additional short-term or long-term support. The agile software development approach is generally recog- nized as one of the fundamentals behind a full cycle software development firm. There’s a number of compelling reasons to favor agile methods of software development over the other, which include: 1. Client’s deep project engagement. Stakeholders are wel- comed to share their thoughts and vision on an ongoing basis. They may easily collaborate with the project team at any stage
  3. 3. of project implementation, in- fluence the project flow. As an outcome the team benefits from understanding the requirements better and delivers outperform- ing results. 2. Predictable project duration and costs. A defined timeline together with confirmed early estimates allow a client to make a well-considered decision and set out the priorities, depending on the budget planned. 3. Transparency. Agile software development enables a client to be involved throughout the whole project, which is a unique, however challenging preroga- tive. Meanwhile a client should keep in mind that the work be- ing viewed is an intermediary result. 4. Early delivery. Project features in agile software development are delivered fast and frequently. With each new iteration (sprint) planned a delivery of certain project features is also a subject to a high level of predictability. 5. Easily implemented changes. While having a core set of tasks to be fulfilled across all project iterations an agile approach to software development allows constant new refinements and reprioritization of the backlog issues. 6. Business focus. With high in- volvement of a client in tasks pri- oritization the team better un- derstands the client’s business and its value. 7. Focus on end customers. Early users feedback at each iteration is one of the great advantages of agile software development, while it makes a project deliv- ery user-focused, refined and aligned with real users’needs. 8. High quality. Improved soft- ware quality is easily achieved within development, testing and client-team collaborations thanks to iterative, manageable parts of the project. Effective scrum framework is also among key prerequisites to a successfully operating near- shore development business. An efficient work scheme implies a proactive and competent collab- oration between Product Owner, Scrum Master and the Team on the Project. In an effective scrum framework there are no barriers in work, but only clear teamwork goals that are defined, sched- uled and achieved. Without easy workflow in a full cycle outsourcing development company neither a project can be executed well, nor all its deadlines can be met. ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Page 4 The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved.
  4. 4. ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Page 5The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved. Based on the majority of cas- es occurring in outsourcing companies the easiest work- flow may be defined as the one, which normally includes the following stages: 1. Sales manager gathers pri- mary information about the project; 2. Often initiated by sales man- ager a second stage of initial project estimation then takes place; At this stage of the pro- ject the company involves business analysts, architects, graphic designers and a project manager, who work together on requirements elicitation, de- sign and other project related matters. 3. Afterwards a client receives their dedicated manager that serves as a Product Owner (PO) in the project workflow. The manager’s role is to maintain integrity for project/product implementation by the team in regards to its conceptual and technical specification. The dedicated person already has initial project information from sales team and works further with the client on setting up a final project requirements and specification document; 4. PO puts all project require- ments into a digestible form known as Product Backlog for a dedicated development team to work on it further; 5. PO together with developers plans concrete steps of project implementation based on the priorities ranked in the Prod- uct Backlog; during this stage developers together with the product owner set up tasks with realistic deadlines and expected deliverables that are split in iterations known as sprints (usually 2 weeks each); 6. Team of developers executes the actual development ac- cording to the current sprint; a dedicated Scrum Master works as a facilitator in this process and makes sure every commit- ted employee does his tasks as- signed in the current Sprint; 7. High quality is a must. De- pending on a project a team can choose TDD technique and create unit tests. Along with that QA engineers conduct specific tests to ensure security, code architecture and readabil
  5. 5. ity etc. in the course of develop- ment; 8. Meanwhile the team of devel- opers together with Scrum Mas- ter check what was completed at the end of each sprint in Sprint Review; 9. In subsequent Sprint Retro- spective members of a team committed to a certain project discuss together the areas for improvement; 10. After all conclusions have been made about the work done a new Sprint starts filled with new tasks of the project implementation; the cycle is re- peated until the whole project is finished. Central figures in any agile de- velopment project typically ap- pear in the following hierarchy: »» Client »» Product Owner »» Scrum Master »» The Team Committed to a Project All of the mentioned roles play an indispensable part in clear project structuring, as well as ef- fective project implementation when client’s goals are reached within set deadlines. The last, but not the least crucial matter is clear project hierarchy. A midsize agency that provides full cycle outsourcing software development services normally has multiple projects running si- multaneously. What is imperative for a full cy- cle IT service provider is having all project managers working side-by-side as one coordination team, which in turn is able to manage all cross-functional de- velopment teams, allocate man- power resources where needed and thus ensure steady work- flow for all company projects. 6 Key points to eval- uate in an IT service provider before you jump into coopera- tion Now that you know the essential parts, figures and processes in- side a typical full cycle develop- ment company it is time to iden- tify major factors for selecting a company to partner with. Have you ever thought about the way your competitors choose their partnering nearshore software development company? Do you conduct any in-depth research prior to reaching out to a certain company or you rely on expert recommendations? ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Page 6 The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved.
  6. 6. ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Page 7The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved. To fasten decision-making process here is the list of 6 compelling factors to evalu- ate: 1. Industry knowledge. If an outsourcing software develop- ment firm has a good knowl- edge of your company industry or even has already conducted several development projects in the same field it is an advantage for your business, because the risks then are mitigated. 2. Expertise. Solid hands-on experience in technologies, lan- guages and frameworks you seek is a must-have for any po- tential software development partner. 3. Cost-effective rates. The cost of a project to be fulfilled must meet your business expecta- tions. The rates suggested by an IT service provider must be worthwhile. 4. Background. Check your po- tential partner’s background and company overall longevity. If it is an established, well-known company that operates mainly due to long-term co-operations that is a sign of a potentially reli- able, effective software develop- ment partner to work with. 5. Clients. If an outsourcing software development compa- ny has a similar clientele as your business, as well the size of cli- ents is more or less similar to the one of your company that also speaks in favor of this or that IT service provider. 6. Communication. Possibly be- ing the top factor on the list an effective communication is sim- ply mandatory for a partnering software development firm to provide. No barriers in negotiat- ing and overall communication should stand in the way of suc- cessful project implementation. Specifics of negotiat- ing or why effective communication mat- ters Negotiations and communica- tion can make any software de- velopment project either a suc- cess or a complete disaster. This depends only on readiness of both a client and a service pro- vider to hear and understand each other. Eventually both have the same goals to achieve, so setting up a great communica- tion practice is vital for success- ful delivery of a software devel- opment project. One of the specific things that helps establishing a clear com- munication within the run of the project is for the client to be in
  7. 7. Page 8 The Outsourcing Journal “ITO EDITION Q1/2/16” All rights reserved. ANATOMY OF A NEARSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY The author: Volodymyr Kostanda, CEO, Adoriasoft, Ukraine. Being a passionate technologist, founder and CEO at Adoriasoft software development company I enjoy challenges, opportunities and innovation. To- gether with my agile development team we turn any software development idea into reality. Integrity, relia- bility,talentandagilityareatourcore.WeareITexperts who constantly deliver stellar results in custom soft- ware development services and exceed clients expec- tations. Areas of expertise (include, but not limited to): Businessautomationsoftware;systemutilities(MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android); information security, cryptog- raphy, steganography; client-server applications; wire- less 3G/4G, bluetooth, complex web applications and portals (ASP.NET, PHP, REST web services, JavaScript rich clients). Contact > Linkedin volved in shaping an initial re- quirements document togeth- er with the service provider. Even if the client doesn’t have a clear idea on technologies, lan- guages or functionality to be used in a software project that doesn’t have to be an obstacle. An effective full cycle devel- opment company fully under- stands the complexity of such rawness of a project idea and assists in establishing a re- quirements document by pro- viding a dedicated manager. A typical full cycle software de- velopment company also pro- vides a profound consultation on the methods, technologies, languages and frameworks that suit the client’s project best. It is the most fascinating task for any IT service provider to be able to both reveal all the cutting-edge tech possibilities of the company on project be- ing discussed and at the same be able to choose the most cost-effective options, which will suit the client’s needs. Another crucial specific in achieving great communica- tion within the project realm is for the client to assign a dedi- cated manager on their side upfront. This person normally should have an authority to coordinate the service provid- er team on behalf of the cli- ent. Having mediators on both sides (a product owner from an IT service provider and a dedi- cated manager from the client) usually ensures a perfect coin- cidence of client’s expectations of the project with the end re- sults provided by an outsourc- ing development partner. Also providing a dedicated manag- er from the client’s side usually helps to accelerate project im- plementation and speeds up decision-making.
  8. 8. Adoriasoft Novgorodska Street, 11, office 411, 61166 Kharkiv, Ukraine Phone: +1(559) 927 39 61 Email: sales@adoriasoft.com Website:: www.adoriasoft.com

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