Developers outsourcing – unusual reasons
Grzegorz Papaj, 4 February 2019
Probably everyone knows what exactly is programmers outsourcing. If you don’t know, you can read about this here.
The Chief Information Officers’ attitude to outsourcing is varied. Some of them consider services of external software development company as great solution, others as necessary evil, and another ones don’t care about this cooperation model, because they form own dev teams and don’t want to delegate any work outside. Undermentioned article is directed to the last ones. It doesn’t show the list of reasons why you should use developers outsourcing, but it focus on seemingly untypical one.
Developers outsourcing – use case
Let’s suppose that you are CIO of large IT team. Human Resources is going great and finds in a flash experts, whenever they are needed. You have great managers, so delays in projects doesn’t happen. And you have freedom of action because nobody accounts you for the number of full-time programmers in the company. Whole IT department works like clock. In short, you have a comfortable situation that many can only dream of. Do you think about cooperation with outsourcing company? Probably not. Should you start thinking about it? We think so.
When you probably think that in a moment, you are going to read another article about that programming outsourcing is better than your own IT team, you are wrong. That’s not the point. Own, good and trusty team is irreplaceable. Why is IT outsourcing worth trying, even when you have your own team? Just to try out how programmers’ outsourcing works in practice.
You don’t anticipate such need? Nothing announces it? Well, life is full of surprises and unknown things, but a good chief is always prepared for the worst. Possible scenarios are many: mass departure of IT specialists, extremely difficult implementation project or rapid company development. But let’s skip the cliches, because everyone knows that if there is a such problem, you can use outsourcing. But unfortunately, not everyone knows how it works in practice.
Outsourcing from inside
Let’s skip the obvious issues that finding a proper provider or negotiating satisfying terms takes time. Because of that, it may be (and usually is) the biggest problem in situation when something starts to fail in our perfect world. It is also about more subtle but less important issues. How efficiently and peacefully incorporate people from outside to own IT team. What communication rules should be set? How to put a division of duties and responsibilities forward? How to set priorities? Who is responsible to whom? And what is the scope of responsibilities? Who and in what field is responsible for making project decisions? Which assignments should be assigned to external provider, and which better realize by one’s strength?
These are only some questions that can come up when starting cooperation with dev teams provider. There are no simple answers and standard questions. They have to be worked out together between team and provider. Maybe mentioned problems don’t seem to be scary. It is necessary to remember that it is about acting in crisis situation, when simply you don’t have time and willingness to handle them. How much better would it be if you were prepared and your department would still function properly despite the crisis?
You can achieve it by starting cooperation with a programmers outsourcing provider on friendly land when “nothing is burning”. You can work with this model on your own terms and not key project picked by yourself. You will easily start collaboration, get to know your programming services provider and model of its work. You will get to know how everything works in practice. Thanks to that you will gain practical knowledge and be prepared for action when crisis comes.
That’s why many large companies outsource dev teams. Not because they have to, but want to. Companies want to know what it’s like to work with an external provider. They want to have this cooperation model rehearsed. Because they know that tried and tested developers provider, who knows how to work with them will help to de-escalate the crisis.
Therefore, even when your IT department works like a well-oiled machine, just in case it is good thing to have tried and tested outsourcing provider and worked out cooperation model. You never know when the crisis will come, but when it comes, you will be prepare.
ImpiCode provides services of programming outsourcing. See more about it here: https://impicode.com/programming-outsourcing/