5 Tips to Successfully Outsource Software Development

If you ever need to take project development away from your own company you’ll find a set of inconveniences that you may not have expected. Keep these tips in mind to help keep teams organized and your project on track.

1. Decide the region where the development will take place

Take to Google asking “which country has the best programmers?” and you’ll receive a flood of results claiming to have the answer based on this or that study. The truth of the matter is that every country has programmers who are dedicated and produce high quality code, as well as others who are just prone to underperforming. Deciding where in the world you take your project should depend more on your budget and your willingness to work around time zone differences.

If you choose to take your work offshore be sure that you have the right people in-house to manage the outsourced team.

2. Get involved

It’s hugely important that you participate throughout the project, it shows that the work being is important and helps you and your vendor be on the same page.

Get your expectations mapped out and have the outsourced team and yours hold regular meetings to establish milestones and how to meet them. This might seem like a lot of time but in the long run it’ll help your project be delivered on time.

3. Write a brief you’d love to read

Briefs are seldom given the importance they deserve, and one of the worst productivity killers you could have is a confusing one. Writing a clear and concise brief helps communicate your objectives clearly and avoid having to backtrack or rewrite code because it was misunderstood.

What is the purpose of your product? What problem does it solve? What are its features? How does it do its magic? Who is its target market? All these questions should be answered by your brief.

4. Aim for longer-term contracts

If you’re on a tight budget this might seem to go against your needs, but getting into a longer engagement will allow the outsourced team to put dedicated resources into your project. That team will get to become more familiarized with your project and commit to your objectives as their own.

One other benefit to this is that longer deadlines may be more likely to be met, especially with an external team that knows the ins and outs of your product.

5. Document everything

Documenting everything related to your project’s development in writing helps you trace your steps back quickly if anything goes wrong, and leaves a record of how you solved problems if you ever face similar issues in the future. It’s cheap to maintain, and can save you lots of time and money.

Still not sure if outsourcing is right for you? Shoot as an email and we’ll arrange a time to talk and advise you about your project!