What are successful offshore custom software development Processes?
Cheap labor, flexibility, resource management and in time delivery is what makes offshore software development
, populous, practical and equally popular. Most western enterprises today, prefer offshore development in countries like Russia, china, India and Malaysia, however individuals and companies of other countries aren’t left out of this trend. For naïve, offshore development is simply a norm of hiring an individual or an organization for a business function, given the organization lies offshore. However, for IT experts, there’s more to it. It’s a new business model in itself, alike transnational commodity development cycle. Offshore development may include any/all of product features including, design, architecture, coding, testing, mobile apps, e-commerce, quality assurance, documentation, project management and other special web-services.
The success of offshore development, nevertheless, depends principally on your development process. While development methods or processes are long in IT business, Agile; type of Scrum software development agency
, is what analysts finds ideal for offshore development, via:
A boss onshore:
Most companies think that once assigned, they should only expect the ready product from offshore team after deadline. This, they shouldn’t, unless they provide a 24/7 directive figure onshore, that communicates project priorities to the offshore team and may answer their time to time queries, as Agile demands.
The boss shouldn’t be bossy:
Once assigned, the onshore directive (whose role is to guide the offshore team) shouldn’t act like the native team leader offshore, instead he should allow the local ones’ to do their job, and may only assist where needed, since cultural differences may not always make interruptions look pleasant. Team roles hence, should be explicitly defined.
One of the reason using agile for offshore development is its practice of daily team meetings. Using audio/videoconferencing tools, both onshore and offshore teams should have brief overview meetings each day to ensure everyone is on the same page and anomalies are handled as they occur, before it’s too late.
Small team of skilled individuals
: As agile demands, development teams should be small, but of skilled developers. This ensures task distribution, work responsibility and an optimum use of agile standards. Care should be given for both onshore and offshore team for that.
Charts & other management tools:
Burn down charts, sprints log and other sophisticated management tools are widely used to ensure everyone knows where they are, what are they after, and when are they going to achieve that.
Peer reviews and other inspections techniques should be widely used through each stage of product development.
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