Offshore Project Management
Project Management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Outsourcing and Offshoring have been the biggest trends of the last decade in IT. As more and more companies take advantage of the overwhelming benefits of reduced costs and increased flexibility, the trend toward offshore work is likely to continue. Companies have been evolving and refining their project management processes for software development for many years. Businesses that would like to outsource their software development and IT requirements are faced with a number of concerns. Their biggest concerns are the risks involved with respect to software quality, on-time delivery and return on investment.

Fairly large projects have a dedicated project manager who interacts with the offshore development team and acts as a virtual bridge between the business and the software developers. We follow some simple tips mentioned below and manage your project quite successfully.

Define the goal every week: The complete lifecycle of the software development process can be divided into smaller goals which can then be communicated to the offshore team via email or by phone. It is a good idea to have a call with the entire team on Monday morning and run through the list of weekly goals that need to be achieved and then call again at the end of the week to evaluate if they have been achieved or not and what type of roadblocks were faced by them.

Manage the time difference: Time difference is one of the factors in offshore software development projects which can become a pro or a con depending on how it is managed. It is imperative that a "common" time zone is mutually agreed on by you and the offshore vendor. This time should be used for communication and ironing out issues faced by the development team. Though it might take some time to get used to getting in to office at 7 AM, it pays good dividends in the long run.

If there are issues, alert everyone in time: It is advisable that you keep a look out for early warning signals and warn the team up front rather than wait for things to correct themselves. Ninety percent of the time, the issue is not self-correcting but goes on to become a real pain to the entire team before additional effort is exerted to get it on track.

If someone in the offshore team is doing well, comment on it: Encouragement and motivation are required even when you have hired a team with an offshore service provider. Motivating offshore team members with an encouraging email along with occasional gifts sent to them on regional festivals creates camaraderie as well as doing wonders for the project. At the end of the day remember that developers are human beings and they do need an occasional pat on the back.

Although a number of onsite project managers feel that project management tools are advantageous to the flow of a project, the core driver in a successful project will always be good project and human resource management skills. The following project management practices for offshore projects are designed to minimize these risks and alleviate our clients' concerns:
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Development Coordinators
  • Technical Coordinators
  • Development Team
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Deliverables
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