Do you want to outsource? Think again

We believe that outsourcing is more than a fast internet connection, Dropbox and Skype. Great outsourcing is the result of a great collaboration between two teams. If you’re looking for an outsourcing partner, here are some tips that can help you make a decision.

1. What do you want to save?

It is the oldest trick in the outsourcing book. Most companies consider outsourcing only from a cost perspective. However, there is an old saying that reminds us not to be ‘cent wise’ and ‘foolish’.

Outsourcing helps you save your creative energy. It reduces the burden of minute decision making and allows your team to see the bigger picture. In short, you don’t waste hours figuring out a wireframe with developers and managing their productivity, schedules etc. You go to the part where you analyze from a third party point of view, propose changes, share feedback and reduce shortcomings in the design development process . Long story short, you get more creative control when you outsource.

2. Try locally.

By developing in emerging economies such as India, you have the privilege of functioning in multicultural environments that open learning channels, both on a technical and intercultural level. Sharing best practices gives you access to and knowledge of a wide variety of available tools and options. This helps both teams expand their knowledge base on local technical trends, app culture etc. and decode demographic preferences more intelligently.

3. Clarity. Clarity. Clarity.

Delegating around the world ensures that you have clarity about the nature and scope of your project. You can’t expect to discuss details when they come, and you hope to clear doubts about over-the-table meetings. Rare as they are in an outsourcing scenario, face to face meetings may not even take place. In such a case, you and your team need to know exactly what you want from your outsourcing partner.

It also works to your advantage. Once you’ve given your developers a thorough, prescriptive brief, such as the key features set and the fun additions, determine the roadmap for the coding and development team. This way you remove unnecessary revisions and set realistic timelines for builds.

4. Make a connection.

At the end of the day, whether you choose to outsource or not, you’re dealing with people. That means doing the usual dirty work of building trust, building trust and getting the team to work. As we said at the beginning, outsourcing is more than an internet connection, Skype and Dropbox. It is about communicating clearly and efficiently, so that people can work together despite their geographical location.

It’s a great test of your interpersonal and communication skills to say the least. It requires energetic leadership on your part and a smart follow-up from your outsourcing partner. This can only happen if you are building a relationship. Insist on regular Skype calls, learn the names of the programmers and developers assigned to your project, and include feedback in all of your written communications.

If you have not thought about these four factors, we recommend that you take a moment to think again. Outsourcing presents many challenges, but it also has its own rewards. Make the best of it!