Listening to the word “remote management” might not sound new to you but there are several different team leaders who have never had to manage their teams remotely. Under the recent turn of events, managing teams remotely is usual business for some, however for the rest, it’s a hard nut to crack.
Regardless of your experience in the subject, here we are with a guide to IT outsourcing in addition to some tips for successful remote management.
The following cases mentioned, however, apply to all remote management cases altogether and are not just constrained to IT outsourcing.
Below are mentioned some of the good practices and battle-tested tools for remote management we swear by.
Remote Management In Software Development Outsourcing
The presented ideas can be split into two groups. I’ll begin with some good practices we’ve developed throughout our multiple co-operations together. Then, I’ll mention some of the tools we find useful on a day-to-day basis that we practice.
Good Practices In Remote Management
The very first thing about successful cooperation is setting clear expectations. Of course, some elements of your project may change between sprints, but still, it’s important to provide a clear vision and information about your project and the cooperation required for it. By following this simple step, you can avoid many different kinds of problems in future communication with people who work remotely with you.
Honesty and transparency
It’s vital, to be honest, and transparent throughout the process. If anything concerns you, diligently communicate it to your remote Project Manager or any other point of contact available. Being fruitful in the entire situation another challenge that needs to be met. If something is below the mark, be sure to communicate it as soon as possible and don’t hesitate to challenge the team which is working remotely.
Being open to challenge from the development now and then will harm nobody after all. The key elements of communication should always be empathy, honesty, and regular talks. This will help you avoid problems during development, and make your cooperation healthy and more effective.
Another important aspect to pay attention to is to make as regular engagements as possible. Try making different channels of communication to meet your remote team face-to-face from time to time.
Day-to-day communication with your remote employees may help manage remote teams successfully. Also, it’s good to invest some time—a few minutes maybe for some casual conversation once the official part of the meeting is over. Avail this chance of building a strong interpersonal bond between you and the external team.
Here at vteams, we have various communication tools that work perfectly for us and our clients, without any hassle.
Being patient and focused on results
The aforementioned honesty and transparency alongside with trust are key factors of fruitful cooperation. However, there is one more important aspect: patience. Nonetheless, it’s good to focus on some milestones and the final goal rather than on particular sprints. It may happen that a few of the first sprints will end disappointingly.
In most cases, that’s because the project team simply has to adjust and get used to the new project. It will help them with gaining the necessary momentum and provide you with what you expect in the later phases of the development. You’ll see that trust and patience will pay off in the long run.
Using cooperation tools
Last but most importantly, using reliable and battle-tested tools is the key here. There are several tools available and certainly, it’s a pretty much big subject to talk on. But at vteams, we also have several platforms designed for our teams according to their specific requirements, depending on the nature of their tasks.
Other communication tools that we also practice include:
All of these are great tools for any Agile teams which make remote administration way more effective and hassle free.
Are you still having any more questions about software development outsourcing? I’ll highly recommend going through our Meet the Team page and reach out to us. The team will be more than pleased to guide you in the matter.