In the first edition of our Outsourcing challenges blog series, we covered the essential aspects which combined make up a methodology for hiring a top-performing software development team. Missed it? You are welcome to check it out:
In this blog we'll take a deeper dive into the topic of the offshore software development team composition. Read on for some tips and best practices for structuring your team.
An offshore development team is a smart choice for businesses looking to reduce in-house development costs, streamline operations, and flexibly scale development needs. Taking full advantage of the knowledge and experience of an outsourced team allows organizations to boost their development capabilities, meet challenging deadlines more cost-effectively and even reduce resourcing costs by up to 50%. Read our blog post analysing offshore vs nearshore outsourcing to help you pick a seamless collaborative model.
GSA’s 2020 Outsourcing Report identified four key benefits of hiring an outsourced development team: significantly reduced IT costs, higher operational efficiency, flexible scalability, and access to developers with domain expertise or highly-specialized skills. Taken together, an outsourced development team makes it possible to build world-class solutions that faster, cheaper, and more capable.
Organizations that take advantage of outsourced development tend to use of one of three engagement models:
What is an optimal combination of team members in a software development team? Outsourced development teams are structured to meet the company's particular needs. Optimal team composition is the one that allows to successfully deliver even the most complex project requirements within your timeframe and budget. You can come across these definitions of team structures:
Your engineering team can be comprised of front-end developers, back-end developers, full-stack developers, mobile developers, desktop developers, data engineers, DevOps engineers, software architects, information developers (technical writers), support engineers, manual test engineers, automation test engineers, product designers, business analysts, scrum masters, etc. If you are looking to ramp up development capacity a generalist model may make sense, while disruptive changes could opt for a specialist team that can implement the latest technology innovations.
The answer depends on the complexity and specifics of the project. Often one manager can be enough to oversee several small projects. In contrast, a large-scale software project will most likely require a dedicated project manager to ensure everything goes smoothly and your requirements are delivered on time, on budget, and on value.
Outsourced software development teams can fail when specific objectives, practices, and communication methods are not established. Here are some key aspects of assembling a successful outsourced development team:
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