Are you trying to decide whether to work with an offshore team for your next sotware development project?
Offshore teams offer cost savings and the ability to work with a larger team, but there are potential risks to consider. Language barriers, cultural differences, and time zone differences can all hinder the project's success.
We'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of working with an offshore team and how to mitigate the potential risks.
Advantages: Cost Savings and a Larger Team
One of the most significant advantages of working with an offshore team is cost savings. Offshore teams are generally much cheaper than US-based or western Europe-based teams due to lower labor costs in other countries. This cost savings allow companies to invest more resources into other areas of their business, making it an attractive option for those looking to maximize their budget.
Another benefit of offshore teams is the ability to work with a larger team. Offshore teams can provide access to a more extensive pool of talent, allowing companies to take on more significant projects or multiple projects simultaneously. This can be particularly useful for businesses that need to scale their development efforts quickly.
Disadvantages: Languages, Cultures, and Time Zones
One of the primary disadvantages of working with an offshore team is the potential for language, culture, and time zone differences. These factors can make communication difficult, which can lead to delays in delivery and potentially hinder the project's success.This can lead to rework, additional costs, and ultimately delay the project's delivery.
How to Mitigate the Risks
While there are potential risks to working with an offshore team, there are ways to mitigate them.
First, companies should choose a reputable software development partner with a proven track record and good references. Working with an established team can reduce the risk of communication problems and delays.
Establish clear communication protocols and use technology to bridge the distance. Video conferencing, chat software, and project management tools can help keep everyone on the same page.
Finally, companies can ensure the quality of the work by providing clear project requirements, reviewing the code in progress during development, and providing feeback to the team to ensure the software built matches your needs.
At Volare Software, we understand the importance of choosing the right development team for your custom software project. That's why we offer US-based, western Europe-based, and offshore teams to fit your specific business and project needs.
We prioritize communication and transparency to ensure the success of your project, and you will see working software demonstated at the end of every iteration (usually every 1-3 weeks). We ask for your feedback on the in-progress software so we can make adjustments to build exactly the software you need.
So if you're struggling to decide about hiring an offshore team, let Volare Software help guide you to the best decision for your business. Contact us today to learn more.