After several years of serving cool software-intensive business, I know every one of them was really pushed hard by investors, competitors and even themselves before their Apps become successful and “cool”.
If you are managing a Startup or setting your Digital Agency next software team partnership, this is a quick guide for going beyond the rates race and preserve your rest at night at the same time.
Value prevails over anything else. To unlock value in a Nearshore Software Development engagement expertise and connected people are needed as well
Working with a Nearshore partner means that your remote team is located in a time zone +/- 3 hours, team members have cultural proximity and proficiency in English. The use of automated communications and tracking tools is also a must.
Beyond those basics facts, going Nearshore well needs from you to:
- Have an expert onshore team. If there is room for it in your budget, onboard the right specialists to work on Agile with software partners your own way, in your current premises (in your city also works). A really good and picky Product Owner that make every penny count is the cornerstone of your team, I also recommend to have an architect that can review tech proposals, set standards and recover from fails with your provider. A UX/UI designer is a huge plus in terms of make your brand outstanding through your Apps.
In case this approach is quite away from your budget, have a least the Picky Product Owner, it’ll worth it.
- Interview the software team that developed something very similar to your needs. It’s good and expected that the candidate provider has experience as a company doing what you need. But if that team works actually for the company it’s even better.
As part of the contract negotiation, work on your onshore team meet and talk deeply with the Nearshore provider’s team members that will work on your projects
- Choose the right engagement model mix for every new project. You need flexibility from your software partner. A partner that can go smoothly from fixed scope projects to a managed team based on milestones/releases or to an augmented team (unmanaged development resources) makes a huge difference in the way you can organize your budget and your customer’s budget as well.
On the one hand, the keyword here is smooth, it means that ramp-ups/down are managed the best way for your business, avoiding penalties as possible. On the other hand, do the Planning together on a regular schedule makes possible to understand each other needs and resource capabilities, at any time.
Putting together these three pieces of advice will help you big in the decision making process.
Can we have a talk about your business needs in Nearshore Software Development?
We at Teravision has been a trustworthy Nearshore Software Development partner for more than 400 companies in the US and Canada in the last 16 years. From our development centers in Bogota and Caracas, we offer a flexible range of services. We work closely with customers to deliver their great ideas into software, on time and on budget.