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How To Manage The Huffs & Puffs Of an Offshore Agile Team

How To Manage The Huffs & Puffs Of an Offshore Agile Team

Quite often, an offshore agile web development approach is viewed with scepticism. A September 2012 Forrester report on agile development states that an offshore approach adds complexity in terms of communication of the workflow, tracing backlogs and other such troubleshooting. Hence one should leave no scope for wrong methodology or bad management decisions when an offshore agile team is the intended workflow. So then what are the proven ways of managing an Offshore Agile Development Team? Starting Small Keeping the agile team small at the initial stages is one of the proven methods to better management of an offshore agile development team. Give the pre-requisite time for better structuring of the work and better relationship. To quote an example, Hotwire opted to offshore agile development but then the approach was a success partly because for the 1st year and a half, Luxoft, their IT provider were associated with them only in terms of basic testing and simple automation. The small team ensures less team interdependencies. It is necessary to skim through the first few iterations and let the customer-provider relationship build. Effective time-boxing work can also be a smart decision Benefits of a hybrid model: A 50/50 offshore-onshore model is an ideal situation for an effective offshore development team. This model ensures a workforce a couple of hours away to tend to the customer directly and at the same time has an equal strength in the offshore team. The offshore-onshore model lubricates the difficulty in managing a completely offshore agile development team. Spotify.com’s Agile approach worked because of the well distributed workforce into clusters they called “squads”. The “Squads”...
5 Essential Skills Every Offshore Developer Must Have

5 Essential Skills Every Offshore Developer Must Have

Offshoring makes software development solutions seem cheaper and faster. This isn’t quite the case if you haven’t hired the right offshore developer. So what are those ingredients that every offshore developer must have? A key to efficiency and meeting deadlines is a skilful offshore developer. Lets look at those 5 essential skills an offshore developer needs to have. 1.1. Refactoring An offshore developer needs to be well versed in refactoring. Old codes do not become obsolete. They are rather reusable but only via proper refactoring. Proper control of the code needs to be the offshore developer’s asset. New codes and libraries might test the technical abilities of the developer but then refactoring an old code allows independence over the code’s influence. 1.2 Testing It is always a question of whether testing should also be included in the skill checklist. But then as working processes transform, testing needs to be leveraged on a larger scale of cutting down on unwanted and unnecessary tests. Testing however also will have its usual functions of fixing bugs and writing better codes. Only if offshore developers are equipped with testing, can they streamline their working methodology into a smooth process. There is a different complete department of testers but then developers need to find an intersecting line between this department and theirs. Too much of reiterations can be checked if the testing can be done prior to it being tested by the specific department for bugs and troubleshooting. 1.3. Ability to leverage existing code Leveraging from existing codes can save time and money required to build new codes and new libraries. The offshore developer needs...
Understanding Digital Marketing Ecosystem for Enterprises

Understanding Digital Marketing Ecosystem for Enterprises

According to a report by Econsultancy, every three in 10 companies outsource their display (28%) and paid search (30%) advertising initiatives to agencies. Also, 62% of companies outsource their content marketing as per a report by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).   This is proof that companies have started to realize the benefits of outsourcing digital marketing which is driving them to shift from doing the work in-house to outsourcing the work. But, what are the advantages of digital marketing outsourcing and how should one choose the right agency? Read on to find out. 1. Knowledge: No one person can have all the knowledge. To make a digital marketing team in the present day, you require graphic designers, copywriters, social media experts, SEO specialists, project managers, and media buying experts as well as strategies and software for automated marketing. But, by outsourcing digital marketing, you get all this as one team which is ready to work with you with minimal attention from your side. You just need one in-house person who gets the team utilized and takes the digital marketing efforts to the web. 2. Expense: It is costly to choose in-house personnel for digital marketing services as digital marketing needs digital tools. It is not just the MacBook that is expensive; the cloud-based software required to do the job is also expensive. Besides this, the marketing team further requires the latest computer hardware, a robust file server on the cloud, a task management system, a reporting system, and a filing system which means that you require an IT support person to make it all work. The costs of all this can run...
Why You Should Invest In Building a Digital Product?

Why You Should Invest In Building a Digital Product?

The world now spends more time glued to their smart phones and laptops than anything else. The Forbes 100 list is dominated by tech titans who have dropped out from Ivy League colleges and started their own ventures. The uncanny similarity among most of them is that they got super rich offering digital products. Clearly, the market for digital products is sky-rocketing and you will do good to jump on the bandwagon. So what all are classified as digital products? All your eBooks, online tutorials, websites, music, mobile apps, software, graphic designs, online media can be classified as digital products. And that includes products like Facebook and Whatsapp. The market size for digital products is a good bit. Here are the advantages of building a digital product over a tangible product.   They are Easier to Manage Since the entire product is online they are a lot easier to manage. Starting from creating them to selling them the entire process is hassle free and can be done from anywhere in the world with a laptop in front. Sounds like such a lucrative proposition doesn’t it? It is. One of the biggest problems of manufacturing tangible products is setting up a factory. This in itself is a humongous task and you need to first get the land, then build the factory and get all the machinery and labour and then only you can start production. So it’ll take at least 2 years for your idea for your grand idea to see light of the day. That provided if all these processes go on smoothly and there are no regulatory or land acquisition...

Native App Development or Cross-Platform App Development: Which Is the Best Option for You?

When it comes to mobile app development, developers have to make a lot of choices right from the concept, including the look and feel of the app and the way it is promoted. One such decision that has a significant impact on the way your app works is the platform to develop your app. You could either develop a native app for a particular platform or create a cross-platform app that can be downloaded and installed onto a variety of mobile platforms. Both native app development and cross-platform development have their own merits and demerits. The best option depends on various factors, including your needs. So, here is an overview of both modes of development to help you choose the right option for you. Native App Development Native apps are those that are tailored to one specific mobile platform, such as iOS, Blackberry and Android. They are typically developed with the help of the formally prescribed development tools and languages that the target platform supports. For example, XCode and Objective-C are used for iOS apps and Eclipse and Java are used for Android apps. Some of the pros and cons of native app development are given below. Pros Native apps provide better performance, look and feel. Native app development lets you take advantage of the new features and platform-specific features provided by the underlying OS. They can support features like fast and fluid animations, full access to phone hardware, multi-touch APIs and all the latest APIs. Native apps have a better user experience and are easy to use. Cons Building native apps is not easy because the code is...