When a new hire fails to meet your expectations, it is easy to put the blame on them. But it’s important to understand that underperformance is often the result of unclearly set expectations, especially when you hire offshore developers and have to communicate across cultures. With that in mind, setting up an offshore development center means more than hiring and detailing the direct responsibilities for each role. It also involves explaining to each team member what is expected of them in other aspects of their professional life.
Why It’s Important to Make Your Expectations Clear
The first month of your work with the offshore team is when the process is established. You need to be prepared that the cultural difference can be a challenge to overcome. Your programmers become an integral part of your company, so you want them to follow its code of conduct and corporate culture, but as someone living in a totally different cultural environment, they may be confused about how things work in yours. Furthermore, with the language barrier, you may discover that certain things you say are understood literally, or quite the opposite, not taken seriously. The faster and more clearly you communicate your expectations, the less time this initial confusion will last.
That’s why, make sure you invest some time during the first week of your project and onboard your newly hired offshore developers, covering the following topics.
Status meetings are essential for effective and efficient collaboration. They keep your distributed team on track. They are one of the reasons why people working in different parts of the planet stay informed and connected. And yet…
A couple of recent surveys have shown that 46 percent of employed Americans would rather watch paint dry or do some other unpleasant activity than sit through a status meeting, and 69 percent admitted that they are working on something else during virtual meetings.
The reason for such stats is quite simple: an overwhelming majority of leaders and managers just don’t know how to hold team meetings so that they bring benefits to the company as a whole as well as to individual employees.
Your team doesn’t have to feel negative about team meetings. In fact, with just a little effort you can easily get your team to be attentive and productive in meetings. With over 15 years of experience in facilitating distributed teams, we know how to keep team meetings short and sweet, and finish them before the attendees start to lose focus. You, too, can make your team meetings work, following 5 simple steps below.
In this age of globalization, distributed software development doesn’t surprise anyone anymore. But what is surprising is that some of the best-performing teams out there are distributed ones. They are incredibly productive, sometimes beating the co-located teams of their competitors in this regard. With all the challenges of distributed software development, what does a distributed team have that makes it more effective?
Time is money. When it comes to software development, it’s not a hackneyed metaphor, time literally is money. Whether you need to bill your customer for the hours your offshore developers spent working on a project or to know how much you have invested into creating your product, you will want to keep track of your programmers’ time.
For businesses that hire developers overseas tracking the time is a must – and fortunately, they have all the means to do that effectively. Journals and spreadsheets are long gone, replaced by smart time tracking software with numerous handy features. Here are some of the best time tracking tools a team of offshore developers can use.
In the United States, where the expenses of an IT business in metropolitan areas are among the highest in the world, outsourcing development has long been an effective solution to cut down development costs.
While the word “outsourcing” is most often associated with offshore programmers, the concept of onshore outsourcing – or rural sourcing – is gaining attention and interest. Rural outsourcing means setting up a dedicated team – or hiring a contractor team – in lower-cost regions of the country, where the pricing is more attractive.Rural sourcing is mostly targeted at university areas in regions like Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and others.
Both homeland staffing and offshore development have their benefits and challenges. Let’s analyze these and compare the two attractive outsourcing options US businesses have.
Every business is looking for ways to get better results while investing less. No doubt, so is yours. That is especially true for the IT industry, where qualified employees are in high demand, and salaries are constantly growing.
Fortunately, an IT software company today can solve this problem – just outsource programmer or hire a nearshore development team on a project or long-term basis. A dedicated team of remote developers may seem like a perfect solution, but there are always pros and cons. Let’s have a closer look at the nearshore team advantages and drawbacks and figure out how to handle the latter.