There will be a situation when as a Project Manager / Technical Architect / Developer you will be asked to manage an offshore team.
How do you ensure that your project is taken care of with an offshore team ?
Management – Typically projects are outsourced in different capacities. Those who have worked with outsourcing earlier and have developed a relationship with the offshore company, do not need to micro manage a project. They define the general goals and milestones and track the process at regular intervals. For the first timers there is always a risk behind the entire process.
Some things to look out for before selecting the offshore company-
It works in different ways – you as the company manager / chief have various options in front of you
Let’s discuss Case 1 first.
Signs to look for that convey the project is not going the right way –
What precautions you can take from your end to make the working / proceedings more efficient
If you are fairly new to the business and do not have an onsite project manager then try to ensure that your requirements are clearly stated. Don’t rush into development – and allow some time to get the requirements clear. Ideal would be to get a prototype developed / or get the wireframes developed. Use these as the base to track further development as releases are rolled out. Refrain from hurrying – everyone wants their applications and ideas implemented at the earliest – but please remember that this may prove disastrous in the long run.
Ensure that you involve everyone in the mails / communications because it is quite possible that team members may leave projects mid way and new members may join in. This is unavoidable and can happen anywhere – you anyway cannot control this as you do not control the offshore company. So be diligent and get clear with everything.
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