Every organization is looking for an outsourced company that they can fully trust. To achieve something like this, you should be sure that your outsourcing vendor offers you effectiveness, flexibility, and security. However, they are just beautiful words that should have a solid foundation behind them.
Before you entrust your project to a vendor, always check:
Reviews and testimonials of clients
During your research on an outsourced company, clients’ reviews are the first thing you should check. You can find feedbacks on the vendor’s website, Clutch.co, and LinkedIn account.
Many companies face cyber and phishing attacks, data leakage, vulnerabilities in their IT-infrastructure. A vendor cannot fully protect you from these risks, but with a strong security policy, they can keep related issues at bay.
Make sure your outsourced company follows standards set by ISO and offers to sign the correct NDA that you should align with your company security.
It would be great but not necessarily that your project might work on Agile processes, as they provide higher work productivity, transparency and optimization, flexibility, and even expense reductions. Usage of Agile methodology in project development will provide bigger efficiency, properly prioritize tasks and create productive collaboration.
Moreover, try to meet with a project manager who will work with you. He or she should discuss with you clear-set goals, ground rules of software development, strong and weak points of the team, and how they will affect your project.
Types of contracts
You should be able to choose between fixed price and T&M types of contracts for your business needs. If the outsourced company does not offer you different variants, opt for another company.
|Learn more about the differences between these two types of contracts in our article
“Fixed price vs. Time and Materials: choose suitable variant”.
Before you start a full-scale project, it will be great if the vendor can offer a test project. This way you can check their capabilities and decide whether they suit you. Moreover, you will discover their communication skills, time management, and transparency. But remember, the vendor provides a test project for extra costs.
Even though your outsourced team has a project manager and you have discussed all the project milestones at the beginning of it, it is important to pay attention to:
Being in touch with your outsourced team
As we said before, active communication is key to the successful progress of the project. Thus, discuss with the outsourced team the time and number of calls, stand-ups, e-mails during the week or months so that you will have up-to-date information about stages of development, issues, and other details.
Right methods in project management
Try to implement Agile methodology in software development. The main points of it are:
Being aware of cultural differences
When you are looking for a development company in other countries, cultural differences are inevitable. This aspect seems unimportant in comparison with project management or regular communication, however, later the issue will be evident.
You cannot fight the differences, but you should be aware of and respect them. The same goes for an outsourced company. Try to learn more about the country of the outsourced team, social norms, company policies, culture, and discuss mutual solutions with your vendor.
Outsourced development is a great opportunity for your company if you set it right at the very beginning. It will bring you:
If you afraid of certain risks that might come with outsourced development, remember one thing:
You can avoid risks in project development if you set your communication, development processes clearly at the start of a project.
Techexpert International supports the idea of transparency in outsourced development and can offer you software development according to your requirements and plans. Contacts us to start successful project development.