Outsourcing surely has a huge number of significant advantages. But if you want to outsource programming, you should be prepared for its weak sides and know how to deal with them.
Many entrepreneurs who outsource project development overseas are worried about the language barrier and communication problems. The situation varies from region to region. However, employees in most IT service companies have fluent English.
Also, many companies test candidate’s English before hiring them. Moreover, don’t forget that you’ll mostly be communicating with Project Managers with fluent English.
Another nuance is the video meetings schedule and the associated inconveniences like time zones. There are also many solutions to these inconveniences. Usually, the video calls schedule is negotiated in advance to make it convenient for the client. Messengers and e-mail are also used to establish communication between customers and vendors.
Less Control Over the Project
The further the outsource programming company that implements the project is located, the more difficult it’s to control the development progress. It’s not always convenient to fly back and forth to communicate with the team in person.
To simplify control over the project, development companies report on the development progress and the number of implemented features.
Outsourcing companies can also provide customers with access to corporate tools, such as Jira and Trello, to monitor the execution of tasks in real-time.
This point follows from the previous one. Due to the lack of personal communication with the company, the customer may have a feeling that work results and ideas are insufficiently protected and that vital project information may leak to third parties.
To prevent the information leakage, there is a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This agreement obliges the outsource programming vendor and all its employees not to disclose any details about the developed projects.