Managing technology projects is not easy in itself, and outsourcing can multiply the stresses you may not have experienced when using an internal team. What derails the work on an outsourced project is usually the lack of communication and common understanding of project objectives.
Despite the challenges, there are ways to manage outsourced projects effectively, keeping them on track and on budget. Here are some tips that may help with that.
Effective management when outsourcing software projects starts with extensive research of the right partner. Don’t get lured by the lowest price alternative. Remember that the consequences may cost much more. Make sure you find out everything you can about the outsourcing company you want to partner with: their clients, cases, technologies they use. Also, using a third party freelancer management service can also lighten you up.
Learn the Culture
Many companies underestimate the importance of understanding and embracing the culture, which actually can be very helpful in business dealings. When you learn about the culture of your partners, you can build great relationships, allowing for better communication and respect. All of that will eventually enhance productivity.
Organizations frequently make the mistake of choosing an outsourcing partner with the most technically skilled personnel while forgetting about other factors. The job requires communication, the right attitude, and also teaching and development skills. There are companies that either consciously or subconsciously completely deny the fact of a work going overseas. If you are not one of them and are willing to choose an outsourcing partner, focus on those who possess the right attitude and desire to develop other people and organizations. Such a skill is not very common.
Learn about the Local Government Officials
When you are assigning a project overseas, the local officials are important to know. The establishment of business operations usually starts with the meeting with the local officials, which help you may need for successful project implementation.
To receive a great result, always provide step-by-step instructions. Such an approach facilitates consistent application of your requirements and promotes overall effectiveness. Only when provided with all the necessary background information and specifications the team can perform a task at the highest level, making the management process easier.…