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?
For tech startups, it’s the developers that make or break it. When your business is only entering the market, you need a strong technical team to have your back. Moreover, you need people who are experienced enough to find solutions independently, but risky enough to put up with the atmosphere of uncertainty that is characteristic of tech startups.
Most startup owners have discovered at some point that finding these people is not that easy. In the competitive IT labor market, where top developers are literally stalked by recruiters, even an established business may have difficulties hiring, to say nothing about a newly born IT company.
So why is IT recruitment so difficult for tech startups and what is the way out for them? The reasons why your startup still hasn’t hired the programmers it needs can be one – or all – of the following.
Human resources are key for a successful startup. You want to carefully select the most suitable experts and have them on your team full-time and long-term, because that guarantees consistent quality. But IT recruitment is not that easy for tech startups, which are often unable to compete with larger established companies for top developers, or can’t afford quality talent because of budget constraints.
For these reasons, many tech startups prefer outsourcing development to offshore agencies in the East rather than recruiting and maintaining their own software development team. But does that satisfy the need of a startup in reliable, effective manpower? Let us consider what the pros and cons of both variants are and what the right option for tech startups would be.