While there are many reasons for companies to consider outsourcing the web development work but cut off in budget is the ultimate reason. If you are working with remote developers then there are many aspects you need to consider in order to deliver what your client is exactly expecting from you. Better tuning, understanding and effective communication between remote and local developers or project managers can deliver unpredictable outcomes. While culture of work may be different but the existence and effectiveness of clear communication is absolutely must. Remember that you are working with people thousands of kilometers away and there is a high risk of losing control particularly when things go wrong and it can be disastrous giving you bad reputation in market. Due to viable financial benefits and availability of some amazing talent (you need to work hard to find), outsourcing website development has huge popularity. Various online tools with unique facilities for effective project management are accessible and it is important for your team to use them most effectively where thoughts and ideas can flow freely.
Being an outsourcing website development company, KGN Technologies has helped so many leading creative digital agencies and many reputed website design and development firms by becoming their extended arm mainly taking care of their technical web development needs. Many companies highly recommend our services due to effective communication, better project management and for understanding their business culture. The results delivered need polished website development with acute attention to details paid and clean code development checked thoroughly by dedicated QA staff. Our most efficient communication tools include Skype, emails, Basecamp, Google Docs, phone and so on. All these sources combined together remove the roadblocks and ensure productivity and progress in remote work. However, distance does bring some challenges but such barriers can be removed with clear communication.
Following are the few thoughts/resources on the topics of communication – tools – and productivity when dealing with the remote team.
“Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.”
— James Thurber
Culture takes shape from a sense of coherence, built through shared experiences, expectations, and values — and one key to cohering is learning how to communicate effectively with each other.
Some really good points are covered on successful communication when working with remote team in this blog. One thing I like the most is, Make room for emotional conversations, such things lighten up the environment and helps getting comfortable.
When it comes to hiring remote team for job, it is not necessary everyone is well suited for it. Find people those are self-motivated, qualified to figure out things by own and assertive at communication. However, prior communication on Hangout or Skype could be so useful to identify the person, and safeguard from begin cheated.
When working with remote team, it is necessary to stay up to date with the project progress. It is important for better outcomes and delivering quality client demanded. Stay in touch with your remote team using Skype or emails and provide them all the necessary things required to make journey happy.
Some leading organization such as KISSmetrics, MySQL and Github possess completely distributed team but well connected through communication.
Jeff Robbins, CEO of Lullabot said it best, “As a fully distributed company, it’s built into our DNA to avoid remote worker alienation. We bend over backwards to make our team feel connected and involved in the company. Being a good proactive communicator is a requirement for any job at Lullabot.” It’s safe to say, great communication is the number one factor in the success of any remote team, no matter how large or small.
To explain things effectively needs demonstration. Here is the cool example of how Buffer team chill out together while away from each other. See how they communicate and stay connected – bonding sessions, HipChat conversation and sharing book and jokes on Facebook. A good example of happy distributed team that understands remote culture.
Tools and Strategy
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
— Steve Jobs
Owen Williams is a reporter at The Next Web based in Amsterdam. Formerly a developer and infrastructure engineer, he has excellent knowledge of IT sector. Additionally, he also runs a weekly tech newsletter you will certainly love.
He has compiled a list of brilliant tools for communication, task management and file sharing, which can be so handy while dealing with remote teams.
Here are some insights from Kasia Kramnik on some valuable Apps which can be so useful when it comes to managing remote teams. She has listed down some good Apps for project task management and file sharing for better project handling.
Content editor at Buffer and based in Nashville, Courtney Seiter talks here about how Buffer’s distributed team is connected and what tools they use to work closely together even though they are physically far part.
Excellent insights from Wade Foster, CEO at Zapier has discussed here on how to run remote team effectively. He believes that importantly 3 elements required for making remote work great: Team, Tools & Process.
Gregory Ciotti, lead content strategy for Help Scout talks about how you can prepare your team for remote work and what it takes to be effective.
“You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it “done.”
― David Allen
Good video which has got hits over 2 million times on YouTube, The Science of Productivity will tell you how human brain and productivity work. How do we become more productive at job, something interesting you should know.
Jocelyn K. Glei has rounded up a great list of tools which can be so useful to stay focused and productive. While we face lots of distraction and barriers in our digital life, these tools can be game changing.
One amongst the best tool, Noisli is missing in the list, which builds a perfect environment for improving focus and boosts productivity.
Rob Rawson, a co-founder of Staff.com has shared out some tips based on his experience on how companies can be more effective when working remotely. Good bunch of information can be so effective if implemented properly.
A research on how different types of sounds – lyrics, classical music, white or ambient noise affect our work.
Getting things done correctly from home takes time but has never been impossible. Since you are away from office space and environment can make a difference in your output and overall mood, thus some efforts requires like you must be aware of your habits, energy level and curiosity.