Outsourcing has helped many companies grow from rags to riches. But for all these companies, it has invariably been a bumpy ride to the top. And that’s because outsourcing entails many pitfalls and knowing how to keep away from the snares can make all the difference between success and failure. Successful companies have learned some hard lessons along the way. In this blog, we would discuss, the basic things that you need to consider to outsource your way to success.
Account for Time Zone Differences
If your outsourced app development team is working during your business hours, you can get issues resolved in no time. If not, you may have to wait for a full day to set things right. Can there be anything more frustrating than waiting for an answer until the next day. If you don’t account for the time difference, brace yourself for missed project deadlines.
Ensure Functional Tests are performed in End User Environment
Ideally, software testing for your app development should be performed in an environment that simulates the real world. When you outsource, chances are that the testing might be conducted in an environment, completely different form the end-user one, thus making it prone to errors. In such scenarios, your users may have to pay for the bugs that should have been spotted during testing.
When you outsource your app development, it is important to ensure that the testing environment covers all the conditions, circumstances, and influences surrounding end-user.
Outsource to Countries that are in Tune with Trends
It’s always easier to work with people who understand the app culture of your own region and are abreast of the latest tech trends. For instance, hiring developers who aren’t used to reading from left to right can be a major disconnect. They are more familiar with the customs, workflows and interfaces unique to their local area. On the contrary, if you hire developers from English speaking countries such as India or Philippines, you get to choose developers who are up-to-date and well-informed about emerging trends.
While it pays to have app developers who have worked on projects similar to yours, getting people who have worked for the same demographic can be a big advantage.
Your Project Manager Should Have Good Communication Skills
Outsourcing and language barrier make a perfect recipe for disaster. Understanding what you’re saying—including the finer details — can help you exact what you are exactly looking for. If the communication breakdown gets detected later, things can get worse. So, make sure you outsource your mobile app development process to someone who can talk and understand your language like a native.
Protect Source Code in Countries without Trademark or Patent Laws
A signed agreement about not using your code or designs doesn’t guarantee source code protection. This is because patent laws cannot be enforced in most third world countries. You need to adopt safeguards depending on where you outsource. Limiting access to databases and resources or splitting source code up into independent sections are some ways which you can adopt to protect your source code.
When you develop a strategy with these specifics in mind, you take the right precautions to avoid the pitfalls common to outsourcing app development.