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How to set up an effective remote development team

When setting up a remote development team, every entrepreneur aims to get a pool of talented people who will drive the product and support its vision. However, it may be challenging to build an efficient team of remote software engineers. Thus we want to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to set up an effective remote development team.

The modern world of web and software development provides you with a wide variety of solutions. Still, the first step on setting the most effective remote team is choosing whether remote cooperation will fit your business or not. In some of the cases, you must have an in-house team of engineers, regardless of the benefits of outsourcing

Because of the rising demand for remote cooperation in 2020, we have evaluated a step-by-step guide on how to successfully organize and manage remote development cooperation for your business based on our great experience. Having worked with more than 100 startups, SMB and enterprise companies, we have achieved great expertise in remote-based cooperation in the field of QA, Project Management, UI/UX design, web and mobile development services. 

Setting Up a Remote Development Team: Key Steps

Now, let’s take a look at the key steps of a successful remote development cooperation setup:

Step 1. Define your team

Right from the start, you should evaluate the team requirements which should be followed to achieve the best results within your particular business. Starting from whether to go with freelance developers or outsourcing to a software development agency. Then, you need to evaluate the scope of the project and the required team to successfully meet the deadlines. The easiest way to define such requirements is to have a technical employee who could take the lead of the project. If you do not have any in-house IT resources, you should get a free quote from an experienced software development company to get a clear understanding of the required tech stack and talent pool for your project. 

Step 2. Plan your activities

At this step, you need to define the plan for your web or software development activities and define the milestones which are going to be your goals during the project. You should evaluate the workflow which will perfectly fit your business and your development team. You can define the schedule for your activities yourself, within your management team or with outsourced project management. All of the previously described ways of planning could work perfectly, depending on the structure of your business. 

Step 3. Set up the structure and communication

After defining the workflow of the project you should evaluate who would be the key people within your team and how the communication between the management and the software engineers will be managed. Setting up communication, you should remember that it must be smooth and regular. In remote-based cooperation, communication is essential.  For this purpose, you can be used different tools such as Slack, Skype, Zoom, etc. 

If you have any concerns regarding the security level of third-party communication tools, there are also custom WebRTC solutions on the market which might be a perfect fit for your business in terms of secureness.

Step 4. Assure knowledge-sharing

When the workflow and the communication are well-established, you must assure that each initiative is welcomed and the flow of ideas is accessible to key members of your dedicated development team. The overall success of the knowledge transfer in IT services outsourcing basically depends on such key aspects as people, processes, and the project itself. It is important to establish a knowledge sharing within the development team to assure the success of your cooperation.

Step 5. Maintain workflow

To let your teamwork in the most efficient way you must not only establish, but also maintain the stable workflow. This could be achieved by using the latest modern project management practices, such as Agile, Scrum, Kanban, etc. A well-established workflow will allow the working process to go as smooth as possible from the starting point and till the very end of project delivery.

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