If you’ve decided to find an offshore development team for your software development project, you can potentially save a lot of money and receive quality code. Tons of established businesses and startups opt for remote developers instead of in-house teams.
However, in order to make sure you get quality work delivered by a scrupulous team, you need to vet your contractors properly.
There are several non-obvious tips that help you find a reliable offshore developer team.
First and foremost, WHERE you are looking for your developers matters. Make sure you are getting third-party reviews on your prospective developers and double-check the company’s track record.
Most software developers have an extensive portfolio they are always happy to showcase – so ask for their past projects. Be specific and ask for projects of similar scopes and from the same industry. Chances are your developers will present you with a case where they’ve done something similar to what you need done.
There are several ways to find an offshore dev team in 2021. Here’s some of the main ones:
Tech company directories.
While searching you can drill down the specific expertise areas and get the company that does specifically what you need.
A great advantage of these directory sites is that most of them take reviews seriously and verify them by phone. While checking the background projects of your potential partner look for verified reviews.
On the flipside, some of the software development companies do not invest time into promotion of their Clutch.co listings, just because they get enough referral business. Learn to see the difference between that and a generally low-value company.
Sites like Upwork will always have their share of software development customers.
Whenever businesses need a smaller project completed or feel like their budget is too limited for a development agency, they tend to look at freelancer sites.
The problem with freelancers is, however, that you will either have to work with middlemen like Toptal, which will ultimately increase the costs, or you will have to sacrifice security and reliability – freelancers go MIA way more often that anyone wants to admit.
Besides, not every business can evaluate their project scope correctly. What seems to be a small project may require serious groundwork procedures like code optimization or refactoring.
Work with development agencies directly
In 2021 your best bet is to still find an offshore development center that will serve all your tech needs.
An offshore dev team needs to be manageable and communicative. The best development agencies in the business have streamlined their processes to be clear and transparent – and you have a single point of contact that is reliable for all your project milestones.
Also, read: The guide to offshore software development rates
LinkedIn, Github, Twitter
These websites are not the MAIN platforms to look for offshore dev teams, but they can be a great help. While selecting a development company make sure to find some of their employees and check their social activities.
It’s always a great sign when the CTO and a couple of employees (e.g. tech leads) are actively contributing or used to contribute to open-source projects, blog about tech issues, and are generally active.
Software development is not a static field, and companies that stagnate in the old knowledge are never the best options. Look for active and curious dev teams.
While getting development quotes from several agencies, make sure you’re all evaluating your project scope correctly.
So many developers are using bait & switch tactics telling you the project will take X money and time, only later to re-evaluate it and insist on 5X.
To avoid such situations please consider getting third-party evaluations – naturally you’ll have to invest in those, but that will keep them unbiased.
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