Nobody tells how to work with remote Developer Teams but sometimes you simply need to outsource to deliver your web project. Here is a quick guide how to choose a right software house to develop your product.
Software Development tip:
Do not outsource.
(If you can).
solve 5 problems
If you have to outsource then you need to
Nobody tells how to work with remote Dev Teams
There are no courses, books or comprehensive articles that explain how to efficiently outsource
your software needs. And you do not have time and money to work with amateurs.
An Experienced Organisation
● Professionals who mastered the technology
● Teams of developers who have worked with each other on other projects
● Great communication skills - your requirements understood along the way
(lots of F2F meetings)
● A company, which is “big enough to scale but small enough to care”
● A company that works in agile methodology. Avoid a traditional Waterfall
project management process (see the diagram on the previous slide)
Bad communication & no transparency
This can cost your business a lot of money!
Transparency & Frequent Communication
● A company that is willing to organise face-to-face meetings every quarter,
video confs as often as possible, that provides tools and apps for everyday
● Trustworthy and open people. The team needs to be able to discuss
problems, hurdles, and mistakes with you as the Product Owner.
Wrong perception of cooperation
Remote hands and a “B-team”
A partnership built on trust
not client-supplier relation
● Do not “outsource” projects, do not “insource” people. Work with Your Dedicated
Remote Team. Treat them as you would treat people working in your office.
● Look for a company that can supply a team dedicated solely to your project so
they can fully commit to your vision.
● Look for a team where every member will be able to communicate with you
(advanced language competences; soft skills).
● Look for a pre-assembled team, with core members who have been working
together for a long time.
● It takes a long time to build a High-performing team (see the diagram).
● If you as the Product Owner join a pre-assembled team there is a good chance
you’ll skip the Forming and Storming stage, speeding up the process (saving
you time and money).
● Think long-term and get the most out of the collaboration
It’s a long way, baby!
Organisational culture mismatch & cultural gap
Some organisations simply don’t match
Same cultureso find
● Finding a partner company with a matching DNA is crucial for success.
● Organisational mismatch can be a major drawback for your project. Try
finding a company that matches your side of the diagram (either competence
+ control OR cultivation + collaboration).
● Cultural differences can strongly influence your collaboration. Make sure your
remote team is on the same page as you.
No clear mutual goals and mixed processes
Aligned goals and adjusted processes
● There are no two organisations that have the same processes or
organisational culture but the DNA should be the same.
● Try to be open to a new process - if your remote development team proposes
to work in Scrum do not cringe - they know what they are doing.
● It is very important to clearly visualise goals for both parties. Remote side
should know business goals and it should be well cascaded and understood
for their release / sprints.