5 Best Practices To Manage Offshore Teams

5 Best Practices To Manage Offshore Teams

A leading eCommerce platform required a group of experts to manage the application development services for its newly developed app. The company approached Skillmine with the need for a flawlessly operating web product. Skillmine’s offshore team formed a flexible and modern website development in the shortest time. The team could simplify the business’ complex workflow and improve its performance by 200% and data security by almost 50%. Let’s understand more about offshore development

Definition of off Shore Development 

Offshore development refers to transferring a project entirely or partially from a client to a third-party software development vendor.  

Best Practices of offshore development 

Know your Team and Their Capabilities

The members of offshore teams are multi-talented, considering that team members were carefully chosen for their expertise by clients. It’s a good idea to identify each offshore team member’s skills and utilise them judiciously. The project scope should be well-defined to help you plan your team’s availability. 

Build Two-Way Partnerships

The partnership should ensure two-way collaboration for efforts to be reciprocated. Communicate your vision, challenges, and goals to your remote staff and get them on the same page as their in-house counterparts. Giving your offshore workforce a sense of ownership will inspire them to put in extra effort for you. Working with the same team for long-term projects develops trust, value, and knowledge that may also be helpful in future projects. 

Speed up Approvals

Delays from the client are one of the leading causes of poor progress of a project. To make the project cycle more effective, you can designate specific project managers to oversee the offshore teams. Businesses give their offshore teams unrealistic deadlines at times. The structured project cycle and the effectiveness of the solutions are hampered as a result of this. Clients must exercise due diligence to establish realistic deadlines for managing teams successfully. 

Choose The Suitable Engagement Model

There are three engagement models for outsourcing: Fixed Price, Time & Material and the Dedicated Team model. Each model has its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. 

Fixed Price Model

This model is suitable for short-term projects. Here, the service provider quotes a fixed price for the project delivered to the client according to the defined project scope. This model is less flexible, and no significant project scope changes are generally entertained.  

Time and Material Model

 Here, the resource team is hired on a cost-per-hourly basis. This model allows the client to add new features to the project scope for payment based on the added hours. 

Dedicated Team Model

This is the apt choice for long-term projects that demand the utmost commitment and reliability. Here, the client can build his dedicated offshore team of developers through the outsourcing partner.  

Prioritise Security

Protecting the project’s IP and data from security breaches is one of the essential parts of managing offshore teams.  


Offshoring is no doubt competitive, economical, and efficient. Although leading an offshore team is challenging, its benefits make it worthwhile. Companies must first understand how to manage the talent they already have to realise offshore development’s benefits fully. Skillmine’s Offshore Delivery Centre (ODC) has been working as an extended arm of leading businesses for years now.

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