The 8th Annual State of Agile Survey, conducted in 2013, shows that 76% of the respondents are distributed Agile teams. This may seem controversial: isn’t colocation the best way to practice Agile methodology? Obviously, it is, but the amazingly high rate of companies that practice distributed Agile process shows that remote collaboration doesn’t have to be an obstacle for agility.
Software development team organization is one of the most important steps of starting an IT business. Here are a few tips to help you set up software development team for a successful startup.
Companies that hire offshore developers to create and maintain their products have to deal with the time difference, which can be very inconvenient and becomes an obstacle for communication. But the truth is, with the specifics of SaaS companies, this difference in time actually turns out to be an advantage. So, how can SaaS providers that use offshore programmer teams benefit from the different time zones?
A study from MITSloan concludes that distributed teams can outperform co-located ones, and other resources have come up with conclusions that remote teams are more engaged than their co-located counterparts and tend to log more hours than in-house employees.The question is how to make your remote team work this way? Obviously, managing remote developers requires a different approach to make the team use its potential to the fullest.
Finding the right developers in a pile of CVs is always difficult, and when you hire an offshore Ruby on Rails developer, you get additional challenges, like the language and cultural barriers, the specifics of their education system and the way development process is organized in their country, and so on. That’s why the right Ruby on Rails interview questions matter even more for offshore staffing than they do for an onshore hiring campaign.