One can reach the conclusion of outsourcing product development for a functioning, testable, buildable, and ready to roll out in the market MVP through various routes. Successful companies such as Google, Slack, Alibaba, etc., and growing startups like AppSumo and SeekGeek are a testament to the fact that outsourcing MVP development not only works but sees the product through the tests of the unforgiving market.
But what is the next step after it has been decided that product development should be outsourced?
Once decided that hiring an offshore team is the way to go, the next big question drops in.
What to look for in the offshore team while hiring it?
What are the pointers that should be kept in mind while hiring an offshore development team which will provide you with a potentially shippable product once done? How to weigh which company will work best for you?
We’ve compiled a list of a few pointers which we observed clients were hesitant about while selecting the right offshore vendor to provide you with some insight on the same.
1. Technical Competence: Check if your offshore company has all the necessary tech stack required to build your product effectively. Whether or not they are willing to learn and adapt to new technologies is also an important factor that determines to a significant extent the future of your product. Are they ready to ramp up their team with local talent if need be? Is their local talent pool crowded or not?
Since you’ll be needing to build up your product once the market reports come in, make sure the codes that have been written can be refactored.
2. Team Roles: When working in an offshore-onshore environment, there are certain team roles that a good, agile, value-providing product development company will certainly provide.
Proxy Product Owner/Business Analyst: Since the product owner’s time is usually spent on the end-customers to understand the changing demands and requirements, they usually have little to no time left to negotiate, interact and answer the questions of the product development team. In such a scenario, a proxy product owner, a term analogous to a product manager representing business people who work closely with the development team comes in the scenario.
Program Manager: As your product will grow over time, more and more resources will be with the offshore team. It is always better to have a program manager closer to the development team to know where exactly your product is heading on the development front.
3. Agile Culture: Make sure the offshore team follows and has been following an agile culture for a while and can manage delivery deadlines at the end of each sprint. Since it is an MVP you’re building, make sure the team recognises that you don’t know all the requirements upfront and is committed to working with you for an extended time. Talk to their team leads and scrum masters to get better insights on how the team bonds and works.
4. Communication: Check whether the offshore team has the proper resources to communicate effectively with you and your team. Remember, ultimately, it is the offshore team that is going to be working on your product, so make sure they are ready to visually demonstrate to you where the product has reached and can track and manage the features that are pending from the backlog at the end of each sprint. Notice if you’re provided with proper project tracking tools to check real-time progress.
5. Culture and Vibe of the company: Apart from the agile culture, try learning the regional culture and work culture of the offshore team. This gives an idea about how the team will handle your project.
These are a few points that should not only be kept in mind while hiring an offshore product development team but must also be used as a filter.
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