Effective management of a remote software development team is the key to successful project implementation. Communicating with the team regularly and ensuring that they feel like a part of the core business is very important in the long run. Should you stick to your core business or do you have the skills to manage an offshore software team yourself?
Here are tips to manage remote software teams effectively and efficiently:
1. Defining a development methodology
Having a popular development methodology in place, ensures that the development process is standardized. This helps in tracking the progress of the project easily and managing it well. Agile is one of the most popular development methodologies for efficient software project management.
2. Create Milestones
Creating targets and milestones for your teams helps them stay motivated about the project. This helps them focus more on the details and bring out the best results for the business. It is important to get the teams to agree upon the milestones to be achieved.
3. Daily Reporting
Maintaining a certain level of productivity is very important for every project. Getting the remote teams to share daily reports and having access to the requisite project and time management tools helps keep a tab on the level of productivity.
4. Getting to Know The Teams Personally
One must interact with the remote teams on a personal level. Wishing individual team members on their birthdays and getting to know about their likes and dislikes helps in building a friendly relationship with them. This is very important for keeping the team motivated.
5. Ensure Collaboration and Communication
One has to put in constant effort in ensuring that the teams are communicating amongst themselves on a regular basis. The project lead has to ensure that all of the queries that individual team members have, are resolved on-time. Besides that, communication should be used as a tool for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Use of the latest collaboration tools like Skype and Google Drive must be encouraged.
This is an effective technique to improve productivity and team motivation. One has to set the expectations and goals, rather than define the tasks. This helps in letting the teams use their own creativity, to achieve the desired results. Every individual should be given the freedom to utilize their strengths to the fullest.
7. Time Difference Management
Generally offshore teams are hired in locations where the timezone is different. A common work-time can be decided to organize meetings and communicate regularly. A single point of contact must be deployed for query resolution of remote employees.
Providing performance based incentives to remote teams is important for getting the desired results. These could be in the form of cash or appreciation mails. Creating a happy work culture among remote teams is the key to successful project development.
9. Choosing the Right Partner
An offshore software development team must be hired with the help of an experienced partner. Reviewing the experience and portfolio of the partner is essential before finalizing one. One should ensure that the team is qualified and communicates effectively. Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Non-Competing Agreement with the hiring partner, are a must.
10. Use Of Video Communication
Video communication is an effective way to manage a remote development team. Having regular video calls over Skype, helps in personalizing the conversation and improves project understanding of the team.
11. Career Development
It is important to treat offshore teams like in-house ones and help them grow in their career. Remote teams also have career goals and they should be encouraged to move to the next level.
Hiring a remote software development team can be a cost effective proposition. Many remote development companies offer experienced developers at a reasonable cost of $35,000 – $45,000/year while the average cost of in-house teams is more than $100,000/year. Using the right tools and techniques to manage these teams can help bring the desired results for business.
From our experience and extensive network we see that 90% of companies that try to manage the offshore team’s themselves, if it is not their core business fail! At Innovent we take the stress out of it and manage the team for you 100%
Contact Innovent today to better understand how we can assist you on 1300 781 681 or firstname.lastname@example.org