Ramping up an Offshore Software Development Team Quickly

Every client wants to get their offshore software team going quickly, get their product or service to market, or just to meet aggressive internal deadlines. In this video, Dave discusses ways to grow your team fast without chaos or killing morale.

Every client needs to get their offshore software team going ASAP. If we grow the team too quickly, however, we can wind up with chaos and disorganization and that can lead to reduced morale and productivity.

In this video, Dave talks about the best way to expand your offshore software development team by engaging the team lead and partnering with them to guide the team growth. The team lead has the most visibility into the dynamics, personalities, and productivity of the team. Therefore, you can expect that he or she will be the most able to support your decisions but also keep things on track. It’s critical to let the team lead have input on when and how to add new members to the team.

If you push your offshore team to grow too quickly, it’s the offshore team lead that will have the real challenge in meeting your needs. That lead will need to train and coach each new team member and if the growth becomes unmanageable, you run the risk of crushing the morale and productivity of the team lead, which can be a disaster.

In addition to leveraging the team lead as you ramp up, it’s critical that you make every effort to engage each team member as much as possible so that you can learn their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. This is a great morale and team builder, but it also provides you with critical visibility into the real team dynamics – a big plus when your offshore software development team is 5000 miles away.

Dave Hecker

Co-Founder at SourceSeek at SourceSeek
Dave is a seasoned technology executive focused software delivery, quality, process, and helping clients succeed at international software outsourcing.
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