Are you developing new software or adding few bells and whistles to the existing one? Whatever you do, the process can be cumbersome. And if you’re outsourcing or offshoring your project, it becomes all the more frustrating, if the result doesn’t meet your requirements.
Offshoring projects is a significant task, and the entire process can succeed or fail depending on many factors. It is critical to have a set of effective and proven guidelines in place to ensure the team you have chosen delivers a successful project. Here are a few pointers you should keep in mind to make your project successful.
- Do your groundwork: Before offshoring a project, you must be armed with a detailed set of requirements and wireframe. You need to ensure that all the relevant stakeholders understand project requirements clearly and avoid scope creep during execution. While it’s wise to let the project scope be unambiguous, be flexible and allow for any changes that can be accommodated during the execution phase itself. Sometimes, adding changes after reviewing the project outcome, can lead to project delays.
- Plan well: Spend at least one or two weeks in the initial discovery phase with the team to explain your requirements, create detailed story cards with wireframe, and freeze the architecture and technology stack. Once this is done, it’s easy to allocate responsibilities, and plan for any unforeseen project risks.
- Prioritize your requirements: When executing a software project, it’s advisable to go live in phases, rather than all at once. There are two advantages to this: one, you can fix any unexpected bugs quickly and move on to the next phase; and two, if the first phase of your project can get some revenue, you will be financially independent in the short run and can go ahead in the next stages with confidence.
Also, if you’ve planned a sprint and want to address a new feature or bug, it’s a good practice to remove a less priority feature so that the team can complete the sprint on time. Don’t try to push the team to complete the sprint as well as fix/test the new feature/bug, as it could affect the code quality.
- Test, test, and test: The main buzzwords; always test thoroughly before you make a product or site live. Automate the testing process, wherever possible, to speed up the process. If you find any issue, red flag it immediately and provide details to the team so they can simulate and fix it.
- Clarity in communication plan: When communicating projects to your team, always be clear in your approach. Take frequent status updates to avoid bad surprises. As a good practice, you shouldn’t disturb the team after the daily scrums, unless it’s urgent.
These are just a couple of hard-core pointers you must practice. But you and I both know that people make the team, and it’s important to appeal to the human aspect while ensuring a successful project delivery. Few pointers for you here:
- You must always adopt a professional approach toward the team to create a positive environment.
- Try your best to resolve any issues through open discussions rather than escalation to avoid spending your precious time in closed-door meetings. This time can be better utilized in developing and refining the project.
- If possible, meet the team in person and spend some time with the members to understand their individual strengths and weaknesses to make communication as well as work allocation easier.
- Lastly, treat your team at regular intervals to show your appreciation. After all, a happy team is a productive team!
Remember, for any successful project implementation – always plan the work and work the plan. We know that you’ve heard these strategies before, but the challenge is to apply the lessons learned consistently. It’s all about the basics!
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By: Sivaramakrishnan Kuppuswamy
Sivaramakrishnan may don many hats as he shifts gears between his roles of being a Delivery Head, Scrum Master and Project Manager, but one thing never changes: his resolute commitment towards client satisfaction.