Curated by: Sergio A. Martínez
Having a constant stream of upcoming clients and projects is the lifeblood of any software development agency, where providing a high-quality service within well-established deadlines is the main goal. But without a comprehensive plan that outlines every stage of the project, it can be difficult for these organizations to allocate time and resources effectively; after all, a good strategy provides businesses with an overall direction, keeping everyone looking at the same goal during the development cycle. With forethought in place from the very beginning, software agencies can confidently move forward with their services, anticipating potential hurdles down the line, and maintaining progress in a positive direction at every turn. This is what allows them to successfully deliver products quickly and efficiently, meeting the expectations of their client at all times.
However, having a constant stream of projects in the pipeline comes with very specific challenges. We have talked before about how juggling projects effectively is critical for any software development partner, and how a smart allocation of resources is what makes these business models work. But in an industry like software development, where everything moves at a breakneck speed, this is not always feasible. Sometimes, flexible planning is what an organization needs to meet all of its goals satisfactorily, especially when the number of resources on hand may not be ideal. Now, planning a new software project without the necessary talent or resources seems like an insurmountable challenge, but the key is being smart, prioritizing tasks based on their feasibility, determining what skills are necessary for the project, and then reaching out to outside support if required.
Expanding on this last point, working with development partners can be an invaluable resource for software companies in times of limited resources. A development partner not only can provide the means to accomplish projects that are outside of the areas of expertise of a business, but also ensure the successful completion of complex technical tasks without having to hire additional employees or redirect resources away from core activities. That way, development partners allow software companies to keep up with the industry, offering them access to specialized knowledge and insights they may not have in-house to keep moving forward with any project that might come their way.
Don’t fake it until you make it!
Sometimes it can be daunting to take on a new software project and not have the necessary resources on hand to complete it, however, there are certain strategies a business can implement to ensure they are set up for success regardless. First, an organization should take a holistic view of all the components required by the project (from staffing levels to available technology, to timelines) and determine whether or not the necessary resources are accessible or need to be secured. And creating a game plan that includes a breakdown of tasks that can be assigned among team members efficiently, while recognizing workloads, strengths, and limitations is key, with knowledge sharing as a beneficial approach to leverage different perspectives, getting the necessary expertise to complete each task successfully, and avoiding the unnecessary waste of time or resources.
Of course, there’s always the temptation of “faking it until you make it”, but when it comes to taking on big software projects, this ideally should not be the go-to approach. It may seem like a good strategy when negotiating business with a new client, but the unpredictable nature of development can bring unforeseen risks or cause massive disruptions. Sure, a company specialized in building software applications might not want to pass the chance of getting a new contract when the opportunity arises, and while transparency is important at all levels of the development cycle, outright admitting that you don’t have the necessary staff or resources on hand to start as soon as possible isn’t a wise choice either. What can a business do, then, to ensure you can keep taking on projects without straining your team or improvising a solution?
In that case, it’s important to look for external sources of talent that might help close any gaps in your team that might prevent you from taking on a new project. Utilizing freelance developers or outsourcing certain aspects of the project to other companies can be a way of doing so, but this requires research to make sure that both outside employees and companies have the kind of cultural match that will help ensure the project is completed efficiently (which is an often overlooked yet essential factor when outsourcing). And building a cohesive relationship with your chosen software development partner involves understanding each other’s objectives, communication styles, core values, and management processes. Taking the time to assess these criteria can help guarantee that your expectations are met and also tempers potential clashes in work ethic or style that may arise from having two distinct cultures come together.
“With a seamless cultural match between both parties, you can expect higher levels of trust, better team cooperation, mutual respect, and successful outcomes for both teams”, says Rod Aburto, Service Delivery Manager and Partner at Scio. “Nearshore development partners become extensions of a company’s talent network, meaning they can provide talented professionals with the perfect cultural fit. By choosing a Nearshore partner with a similar culture, language, and time zone, companies get to work with people who understand their market and its nuances. This is ultimately beneficial for the business as it can lead to increased efficiency and productivity in the process of developing software and other IT solutions. They bring invaluable insight into product development due to a deep understanding of local trends and user preferences. Hiring nearshoring specialists means that everyone involved in the project understands each other’s needs better. This enables teams to create innovative products that meet users’ demands most effectively.”
In other words, hiring a great software development team with the right skills and expertise goes hand-in-hand with finding a partner who can seamlessly fit into the rest of your organization. Not only does this help foster communication between teams, but it will also help your organization to get a better position to accept new projects and challenges from clients, without worrying about communication issues or other hurdles that might risk a positive outcome. By having a shared understanding right from the beginning, it will be much easier to reach both short-term and long-term goals while ensuring everyone is satisfied with the results.
Setting up the team to start right away
Setting up an external team to work on a client’s software project can be daunting, especially if the timeline is tight. However, the right strategy makes all the difference in quickly putting together a team that moves effectively. A good approach is to first structure a comprehensive plan defining goals and tasks, which will be the roadmap for onboarding new members and organizing tasks accordingly. It’s also important to invest time in selecting qualified individuals who fit both the project scope and core values, ensuring that they have the necessary skill set to complete the project on time. Developing clear-cut expectations regarding multitasking and communication protocols are also essential to ensure a successful start. With diligent planning combined with an experienced pool of contributors, setting up an external team to work on a client’s software project can be completed swiftly and deliver favorable outcomes.
Gathering all these requirements will help you select the perfect developers from the ranks for a Nearshore partner, with relevant experience and qualifications that are suited for the project. Once you have established the core members, provide resources and tools to collaborate effectively and efficiently, as well as consider setting up regular check-ins with your client to ensure everyone is on track with any modifications they may require along the way.
In short, working with Nearshore software development services can be the best bet for taking on more clients and new projects with few resources to spare. Not only does Nearshore software give you access to an entire talented pool of experienced and knowledgeable developers well-versed in the latest technologies and tools, but the seamless integration of these teams means clients will always receive the highest quality of work, so projects can be completed quickly and without issue. Ultimately, working with a Nearshore partner guarantees a cost-effective solution that delivers impressive results, so you never have to pass up another opportunity ever again, or pray that your team can handle yet another challenge without breaking the whole development process in the way.
The Key Takeaways
- When it comes to software development, no company ever wants to say “no” to a new client, but it can get tricky to juggle too many projects at once.
- For that reason, it’s pretty common to say yes to a new engagement but scramble to find the necessary resources and staff to make it happen, which can have some unpredictable consequences.
- If that’s the case, partnering with outside help is the best course of action, ensuring that a steady flow of talent is always available.
- Since a seamless integration is critical, Nearshore development partners are the best option, with the right balance of expertise, cultural match, and closeness necessary to bring any project to life.
Scio is an established Nearshore software development company based in Mexico that specializes in providing high-quality, cost-effective technologies for pioneering tech companies. We have been building and mentoring teams of engineers since 2003 and our experience gives us access not only to the knowledge but also the expertise needed when tackling any project. Get started today by contacting us about your project needs – We have teams available to help you achieve your business goals. Get in contact today!