Checklist to Follow when Hiring an Offshore IT Team

Depending on software project requirements, there are a few aspects that you have to consider when hiring an offshore team.

Why are we talking about this?

Well, for one, at Netsmartz we are the leading players in helping enterprises, SMBs, and startups build their development teams — so we kinda have a comprehensive understanding of what to consider and what to offer.

Second, we don’t see a definitive checklist for organizations to base their selection on. And so they often lose out on the potential benefits of staff augmentation or a remote development team.

Setting things straight, as you’d see!

Checklist for Hiring an Offshore IT Team

Now, let’s see what aspects you must include in the checklist-

Nature of your project, and what will it need?

Before you skip, jot down everything the moment you get an idea for your next project. Then, to make it tangible in terms of expectations, identify your requirements, such as the tool or technology + the language stack + the framework + experience + exposure.

You’ll need a characteristic workup of the kind of expectations you are setting to establish the number of resources you’ll need for the project.

Decoding the budget

After defining the requirement, you need to set a budget for your project.

You’ll hire an offshore IT team like skilled developer/s, project managers, testing experts, project leads, and much more.

Keep in account additional expenses such as hourly or fixed rates, licensing, possible business travel, and extra equipment while budgeting.

Quick info: Make sure you establish the complete range of charges. No hidden charge clause.

Selecting a location

Determine which country you want to recruit an offshore IT team for your startup. Create a list of the best countries for you based on their time zones and cultural similarities.

On that note, there are 3 other factors as well. Culture. Timezone. And the need for face-to-face collaboration.

Adequate collaboration

Schedule a daily standup meeting or weekly zoom calls with your remote team to keep connected and get a daily or weekly update. In this way, everyone will be on the same page.

Try and understand the way that your development team works, or has worked.

A fidgety attitude towards calls, milestones, and updates is a marker for trouble later.

4 points.

Brief and it would cover your initial trepidations and doubts pretty quickly.

Learn more about things to consider when hiring dedicated developers for your next project!


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