Growing an Offshore Software Development Team Quickly

Every client needs to get their offshore software team going ASAP. But growing an offshore development team too quickly can lead to chaos, disorganization and ultimately 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 the lead to best support your decisions and 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, the team lead will have the real challenge in meeting your needs. That lead will need to train and coach each new team member. If 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.  Learn their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. This is a great morale and team builder, but also provides you with critical visibility into the real team dynamics. This can be 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.