Getting the Most Out of your Outsourced Application Development Team – Best Practices
BluEnt shows best practices to adopt when working with an outbound development team.
Toronto, ON – July 14, 2017: As a business owner, you task is to do business and not grapple with technological handicaps. Which is why, you should outsource application development to companies like BluEnt.
While the whole process seems quite intimidating at first and is quite exhaustive, if you have a proper roadmap in place, finding the right outsourcing partner and working with them becomes a breeze.
Many of our first-time clients who were new to the process had a lot of apprehensions in beginning. With careful planning and by establishing an effective working relationship, we guided them to working as one unit.
We discuss the best practices to getting the most out of your outsourcing team for product development needs:
Defining your goals
The very nature of outsourcing is such that things cannot move in sync without clear guidelines from the decision makers. By making sure that your in-house team has a clear idea of what kind of partnership goals you want to set, you can expect the probable outcomes.
Once you shortlist some companies who specialize in handling outsourced projects, you can then extend your expectations to them. To increase the efficiency, it is imperative that you define scope first.
Involving senior technical experts early into the proposal phase
For your application development requirements, the technical developers will receive the specifications at the end of the day to work on. Make sure that they are aware of what exactly to expect out of the project. You may have seasoned developers but they may or may not be a good fit for a particular project.
One way to avoid any clashes during development phase is to involve senior technical experts in the proposal phase. They will assist you by asking the right questions from their peers from the outsourcing company. This way, planning of the final team, process and development tools can be done quickly and easily.
Ensuring that the architectural requirements and design approaches have a mutual agreement
Every application development lifecycle should have detailed requirements for architectural infrastructure and design approaches. It can become very challenging for an outsourced team to work on their preferred design models and architecture, only to be changed at client’s request. It is important that both in-house and outbound development teams work in tandem and keep each other updated with the latest changes and technical updates.
Aligning external and internal development approaches
The final application built will be an achievement for both client and outsourcing company. This is the ultimate bigger picture. Which is why, getting the working and developmental methodologies aligned early on is pivotal for overall project success. Every individual development team favors their trusted software including communication methods, bug tracking and code submission methods, testing and time management systems, besides a hoard of other managerial tools.
Now we understand that every team gets comfortable with their preferred developmental tools, however, with a little understanding and by keeping the bigger picture in mind, it becomes easy to switch. It also helps if both partners are briefed and coached on new sets to avoid any conflicts altogether.
Defining project stakeholders and hierarchy
At BluEnt, we have experience in working with both startups and large enterprises. Startups have a more chilled out way of working, they are more dynamic and open to new experiments, while the established organizations have templates and company policies to follow. Even we have our own set of working values here.
Before we begin, we acknowledge and understand the working pattern and hierarchy of our client organization. This standard practice lets us get a better understanding of how communications take place, the frequency of meetings, people involved, the decision makers and the unique traits of people we will be working with.
Needless to mention, this best practice has helped us avoid miscommunications and conflict of interests in our journey of more than a decade.
Treating Project Leaders of Outsourced team as internal team members
The most successful outsourcing relationships thrive on mutual trust, respect and equality. Although a subtle one, this is probably one of the most important way to getting the most out of your outsourced team. Creating a mindset of embedding the external project leader as one of your own helps in quicker delivery of the project.
Project leaders are the most critical aspects of development team. They are the primary points of contact and help in information flow. Some of the most amazing projects that we have undertaken have had the feedback of our own in-house development leaders that they were treated as valuable extensions of the client teams and were treated as such.
To sum up, if you are looking to outsource application development projects and want to work with a highly-experienced team, look no further than BluEnt. We have a wide range of services for businesses in USA and Canada. Get in touch today to learn more about what we can do for your business.
Formed in 2003, BluEnt specializes in proving custom websites, mobile apps, e-commerce, and internet marketing services for companies running an online dependent business or looking to develop tools to efficiently automate and monitor active processes in their organization. With 11 growing offices situated around the world, BluEnt is respected globally for its consistent quality of services and timely delivery of projects. We use our experience across industries and software applications to help enterprises derive maximum value out of their resources and investments.
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