Ep03: Offshoring and Distributed Teams

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We’ve all been in situations where suppliers and clients alike were extolling the benefits of nearshoring, offshoring or other forms of cross-location working.

And indeed there are very good reasons on why we may want to consider such resourcing strategies, but more often than not we find that making this work in practice and realising the benefits without introducing too much pain is harder than anticipated.

Today, we are in Bangalore and have invited our colleague Swathi Poddar to talk offshoring and distributed teams with us.

Swathi Poddar is a Business Analyst, Product Owner and Software Consultant. She has worked and studied in the UK, US and currently works out of Pune and Banglore, India.

Show Notes

All three of us agree: colocated teams are easiest. But not always feasible. Globalisation and distributed teams are here to stay. Be this for cost efficiencies, scale or multi-region support. So get used to it.

Here is how to make them work:

  • Hire skilled talent 
  • Put conscious effort into forming and supporting distributed teams
  • Align all stakeholders
  • Over communicate

To make this really work, you need to put the effort in. And be under no illusion, distributed teams come at a cost.

If you get it wrong, you will suffer all sorts of problems from inefficiencies to quality issues. If you get it right, it will make your delivery faster and better.

Further thoughts on the topic of Distributed teams can be found at our blog.

Our guest in this episode is Swathi Poddar, Business Analyst, Product Owner and Software Consultant. She can be ‘found’ and contacted here.

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