Why would a company consider nearshoring software development?
Well, due to the COVID-19 situation in Western & Central Europe, a problem arose for companies that spent the last few months creating new digital products or services. Suddenly, they were forced to stop operations, and send their IT teams home. What became obvious is that those, now home-based teams, started to lose productivity, quality communication with management decreased, and ultimately harmed the end product which the company invested in.
Thus, nearshoring software development teams is becoming increasingly more popular. In Serbia, for example, which hasn’t been ‘hit’ as hard as other European countries, companies like Hexagon Software have become an obvious nearshoring IT partner for many. This way companies can reduce their risk while saving money on projects that are already behind on schedule, by hand-picking quality management and development people that fit the company culture and needs.
What You should look out for when nearshoring a software development team? Below there are five tips to help you get started.
1: Present Your project clearly
A collaboration with a nearshoring team starts with a session in which the business plan and the IT-challenge are central. This lays the foundation for the first sprints (mini-projects in which products or features are delivered) and the planning for these sprints. This is the first specification level of the project. It is also important that deliverables are agreed upon in this session so that it is clear what can be settled on.
2: Organize a good onboarding process
One of the key factors in such a collaboration would be the people you choose to work on the project. Hence, in Hexagon, we source top developers based on your criteria, to streamline the process.
3: Strive for flexibility
In a collaboration with an IT partner, you want to be flexible in two ways. First of all, if that proves necessary, you want to be able to suspend, reduce, or increase cooperation. If a nearshoring party has no faith in his or her service, they often make it impossible (or only possible after a long time) to end a collaboration.
You also want to be flexible within the IT project. If you want to do a pivot or just want to change some features or functionalities, then that must be possible. This may mean that the team must be organized or assembled differently. In fact, it should be possible not to outsource the projects, but to “rent” an IT team. This team will then develop something relevant to your market.
4: Retain the rights over intellectual property
Always check in advance whether a development agency requires ownership of the code, rights or intellectual property. If that is the case, then it is difficult – if not impossible – to transfer a project if the cooperation is disappointing.
Here in Hexagon Software, we believe that a collaboration should add value, but never cost you the ownership of your idea!
5: Consider a managed project manager for a larger project
There are two ways to organize a nearshoring software development team: managed and non-managed. Non-managed nearshoring is characterized by the hiring of a team of programmers who work remotely. Contrarily, if a team is managed, it means that there is a project manager on site who monitors the progress of the process. He or she facilitates the team during the Agile process. Parties who opt for a traditional Scrum method more often opt for a managed project.
If a project is not that big, then the project manager also plays the role of the product owner. This means that he or she is also involved in the content of the product and is considering the technical description and functional requirements.
Outsourcing pays off
If it seems worth considering putting together a team in Serbia for example, You can get a fast estimation of nearshoring software development by contacting us!
Nearshoring software development with Hexagon Software
Hexagon takes care of the process. We put together a development team that can be managed both remotely and on-site. Thus, you do not have to invest in recruitment or organize workspace, buy equipment, and much more. A highly experienced team of developers can get started right away within the usual lead time. Teams can always be expanded, reduced, or modified. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard stories where outsourcing didn’t go well. This is because certain skills and expertise are involved. If you don’t have that, you are often more expensive, you have no guarantees that the work will be done and you cannot manage the team remotely.
In short: cheap turns out to be expensive in that case. So trust our professional experience and fully enjoy the benefits that nearshoring can bring to your company.