Earlier, outsourcing used to result in a lot of outrage from the developed countries and land many businesses in turmoil due to mediocre quality end-products. Many companies failed and had to face losses because of all the mishaps in outsourcing. Now offshoring has emerged as the savior, delivering better results and providing the stepping stones to success for the companies that incorporate it.
In the era after the outsourcing catastrophe, an intensely well-informed approach towards offshoring is the way to go ahead now.
Offshoring is a prevalent feature of the global economy, creating jobs in many developing nations. Many major companies offshore development to India for a variety of reasons.
But how do you choose an offshore development vendor for a smoother and better experience? A detailed step-by-step checklist in hand will act as the perfect assistance when you explore the market for the perfect vendor. It will help you select a vendor which is best-suited for you, one that is also functional despite the geographical location or the model followed.
Analyze your business requirements: It’s really crucial that you first introspect what your business requirements are, only then you’ll have an easier time finding the people who can help you best in fulfilling them. Without this step, you can get a little lost in the overcrowded market on your hunt for the perfect offshore development vendor.
Nitty-gritty of things: Whatever anyone may have said, offshoring isn’t something you can kick-start in a New York minute. It takes time and patience to get to the bottom of the list in order to get the best of breed offshore development team.
You need to select a model fit for your usage in this step. Make sure you have an in-depth understanding of your own company, values and processes resting on the tip of your tongue. When you are buying a house, do you buy the first one you look at? Search online and shortlist 5-10 different vendors that meet your requirements. The next step is to talk to shortlisted vendors instead of sticking with the first one. Question the vendors till you feel contented with their answers. Go into the details with them without any hesitation.
Being on the same page: When you’re selecting a vendor, you have to make sure that you are on the same page in regards to the expectations. As you venture out on this rigorous project, ask your potential offshore team a lot of questions and mull over your own expectations. Assess your company’s criteria to ensure that there isn’t a mismatch in the expectations and the results.
Dependency on dramatic cost-savings could end with your product in pieces. Compare the rates in various geographical locations, and then get a general idea about the standard rates in a particular country so that you don’t end up with lowest cost and poorest quality.
Don’t follow the spoon-feeding method: Build your offshore team from the scratch for quality product development. A portfolio of a readymade team sounds pleasant when you are eager to begin the work, and it results in many people rushing for the option with a feeling of receiving something worthwhile.
The general tendency of compartmentalizing developers and expecting them to act like cash cows can lead to your project being mangled. Get strong team members who will help you shoot high and reach further. Be very demanding and fastidious when selecting the people who will work for your brand and help you take it to newer heights. Instil the idea that the developers are co-owners of your project.
Tryouts: The market is packed to the top and very bewildering. Testing your potential team members according to your required specifications is a way of easing the process of selection. One rarely buys something just based on a salesperson’s word of advice. Talking to the CEO, project manager and seniors is one way to get a general idea of the offshore development vendor. But to get an in-depth understanding, one needs to assess the technical skills meticulously.
You can make sure that they are capable by incorporating technical testing in the hiring process and adding your own particulars in it. All the developers, whether active or benched, should go through the test.
Should fit like a glove: Your approach towards the offshore team should be the same as towards your onsite colleagues. This cannot be separated from the hiring process but it deserves precise exploration as it will enable successful offshoring.
Offshoring is equivalent to outsourcing, for a majority of the people, which leads to a disinterested outlook and detachment towards the development process. This turns the offshore team into a temporary solution rather than a part of the onsite team. You cannot expect the developers to be committed or interested in the product development if they aren’t at the helm with you. Expecting someone to excel without being included is unrealistic. To ensure compliance and dedication, speak to the members of the offshore team often. Plan meetings to talk about their ideas, weekly agenda and progress.
Stronger links: Lack of updates on the progress and mix-ups in communication are few of the major ways which could make you bite the dust when offshoring. You need to keep this in mind that quality of any project management depends on the model. Outsourcing software development and leaving project management to middlemen can lead to amateur software development and lack of quality.
Talking directly with the developers, ensuring that they understand your goals and are on the same page as you is preeminent when offshoring. This isn’t something you begin with after starting the work; you have to start with it at the selection process itself. Pick a vendor that will help you work on a model to enable communication directly with the developers. This will lead to a better and polished offshore team where you can set up the structure and procedure of the product development.
The best way to get information of a vendor is through their existing clients. Contact the client and ask them about their experience with the offshore team, beyond the work details. This will help you detect any worries the client might have had prior to beginning the project and how the vendor dealt with them.
Try to contact more than one client, it’ll be beneficial as it allows you to make comparisons and understand the vendor better.
Keep asking questions till don’t feel satisfied. Going beyond the required has never caused harm to anyone as it is better to have additional information as opposed to being blindsided by their charm.
Flipping through the pages and trying to find the vendor best-suited often lands companies in a pickle. Our list is not comprehensive; the most important thing to keep in mind is you should be very thorough. Make plans and lay down strategies in the exact way that you want your future team to work in for a smooth take-off.