How To Manage Your Nearshore Development Team Efficiently

Gimena Aguerreberry
July 9, 2021

Nearshoring is one of the best ways to boost a software development project – especially now, when working remotely has become a necessity for many companies due to the COVID-19 situation.

This type of outsourcing brings a lot of benefits and is highly effective, but it also requires switching to a more organized and process-oriented management approach.

Outsourcing software development teams are the most suitable choice for any business that is trying to hire skilled talent with the money. However, a correct mindset and tools are required for managing a remote team as they can prove to be the difference-maker in enabling long-distance work relationships in a productive manner.

Managing your nearshore development team is easier when you hire well from the very start. Adopting a set of best practices will help you get the most out of a nearshore development team that will result in a higher ROI within the organization.

Managing a nearshore software development team can be challenging due to several reasons:

  • there’s no physical space where team members can actually meet and talk,

  • people often don’t know each other very well, and the team integration process itself also becomes more difficult,

  • it’s harder to maintain transparent communication and a proper level of understanding among the team.

However, these challenges can be overcome by following a few best practices for managing a remote team. In this article, we’ll share some useful tips on how to manage your nearshore development team efficiently.

1. Establish Clear Communication

Communication with your nearshore team is critical for working performance. Use the specific software targeted at providing clear communication between the company members, like emails, Slack, or Google Meets. That’s a quick and effective way to communicate with your developers and seek clarity where the verbal communication wasn’t clear.

As a result, you can easily track the progress and always point out the critical issues to remote developers.

Additionally, it is a great option to regularly arrange the meetings for Q&A sessions during the project completion. This tip can greatly improve the workflow performance, so the project will be done much faster and better.

2. Define requirements

Both sides of the cooperation must have a clear understanding of the project requirements. They both need to know what the expected outcome is and share the same perspective of what it should look like. Plus, there has to be an explicit mutual agreement on how the software will be delivered and managed, and how everyone will communicate. Don’t leave any room for potential guesswork that can lead to confusion.

3. Manage Work Procedures

Nearshore outsourcing is never possible without utilizing the proper toolkit. Around 83% of the people are operating remotely in 2020, and as a result, it is very much essential to manage the work processes. Following tools may prove to be handy-

  • Project Management solutions like Trello, Asana, and others.

  • Video Conferencing tools like Google Meeting, GoToMeeting, Zoom Meeting, etc.

  • Google Suite for storing, sharing, planning, meeting, mailing, and other such relevant functionalities.

4. Take the time to meet the team as well:

Developing a relationship of mutual trust where all work patterns have been established and expectations are quite clear will be decisive for the results that the remote team can provide, guided by their leader.

The leader’s profile should be a solid combination between knowledge of the technical field and the ability to understand the business. Besides, it is important to evaluate the skills available to the remote team and weigh in what way the leader’s integration adds value to the project.

5. Maintain a balance between continuous review and micromanagement

It is a fact that remote teams operate better if they have freedom and confidence, which usually creates a good working environment between them, in addition to the scope of the objectives in the medium term.

The balance between the review and the micromanagement must be given to the extent that it is known what is being done at the right time, but without limiting the decision-making power

Conclusion - How To Manage Your Nearshore Development Team Efficiently

Transparency, monitoring, and good communication, three key elements that will allow every remote project to be successful. Accompanying them with high-quality standards and careful monitoring of good Software Development practices, we ensure that our clients have total satisfaction and fulfillment of their business objectives, benefiting the end customer.

If you would like to learn more about nearshoring, start cooperation with an IT partner, or have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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