19th March 2021
Lack of Control over the Team and its Work

Concern #2: Lack of Control over the Team and its Work

Every business owner wants to maintain control of his or her company and to run it efficiently. All company resources should be utilized with maximum productivity and minimum idle time. IT specialists should be assigned projects according to their skills and experience, and given a sufficient workload with clear and efficient work procedures.

These goals can be achieved with relative ease for employees working in the local office. Outsourcing, however, is often viewed by the client as a black box with mysterious rules and internal processes. Naturally, this makes him or her apprehensive.

This concern is mitigated by integrating the remote vendor’s team into the client’s team as tightly as possible. Modern communication and collaboration platforms allow businesses to achieve precisely such a high level of integration. The widely used Agile methodologies enhance communication and interaction between the teams, and new team members can be easily added to an Agile team, regardless of where they are located.

As the COVID pandemic enters its second year, remote work is no longer a barrier. Working with the remote vendor’s team can feel just like working with your local employees who connect from home, with the same level of control and supervision. All management and supervision practices that apply to one’s employees working from home are applicable to the remote vendor’s staff, also.

Depending on the vendor’s team size and structure, it can be beneficial to assign a dedicated team lead or manager on the vendor’s side. This will optimize communication between the teams and speed up the resolution of many work issues that may arise.

It is important that the vendor’s team track and report its work time and get client approval regularly. This prevents potential misunderstandings in the future. The easiest and the most straightforward way to do that is for the vendor’s team to use the client’s time reporting tool.

Also worth mentioning here is a fixed-price project execution model that doesn't require a high level of integration between the teams. In this business model, the relations between the client and the vendor are strictly defined by the project requirements and the contract, so lack of control is not a concern.

At Solead, we have introduced the following practices to address client concerns relating to control over the remote team and its work:

  • We suggest using Agile process with intensive team communication and collaboration, unless the client utilizes another methodology
  • We assign a local team leader or manager to larger teams (over 3-5 engineers) as suggested by our DMT (Dedicated Managed Teams) business model
  • All our engineers report their work time on a daily basis using either the client’s reporting tool or our own internal system; in the latter case, each team member’s timesheets are submitted to the client weekly
  • We conduct quarterly client satisfaction surveys to better understand the client’s perception of his or her level of control over the Solead team

In our upcoming post #3, we will address another important concern — loss of product and technology knowledge. Come back to us soon.

Contact us

Headquarters, Delivery Center 

200a Kulparkivska str.
79071 Lviv, Ukraine
+380 32 240 2220
info@solead.software

Sales Office, North America 

555 Wilson Ave., Ste. E103
Toronto, ON M3H 0C5, Canada
+1 647 864 2834
sales@solead.software

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