Remote work is the future. The current global COVID-19 pandemic has made that clear. Millions of workers are being forced to work from home.
But even before the pandemic, remote work and software project outsourcing was becoming increasingly popular. More workers prefer the convenience of staying in the comfort of their home over commuting to an office. Some even find they are more productive at home. Plus, technology increasingly allows for remote collaboration, making the traditional office less necessary. As a result, remote software development teams are on the rise.
Web searches for “Remote work” have increased steadily over time. And this trend is not going to stop anytime soon.
To be clear, a remote team refers to a team that works together from different geographic locations. Those locations can be homes within the same city, or they can be locations spread across the globe. Either way, remote work does away with the traditional brick and mortar office.
The rise of remote software development is due to its unique advantages over inhouse software development. Consider just some of the advantages remote software development:
Though they have many advantages, remote software development teams also face unique challenges:
The success of your remote software development team relies on how well you manage it. The following tips will help you create the best remote software development team and teach you how to manage it:
Ultimately, being a good manager means being a good leader. Lead by example and make your project a rewarding experience for everyone. You want each team member to feel proud of their role and contribution to the project.
If nothing else, always be polite. You cannot say please and thank you enough. Such expressions are especially important to remote work as the frequent written communication can come across as cold and demanding. Craft your communication in such a way that you always ask for assignments to be completed politely and express sincere thanks.
Beyond the habits of a good manager, there are several software tools that make managing remote software development teams easier. The following list gives examples of popular software for different managing tasks. Exploring these and other collaborative tools are well worth your time.
Many of these tools will improve your remote team’s workflow, not to mention save you a lot of time. Experiment with them and see what works for you. You won’t regret it.
Since the early 2000s, the market for remote work has been growing. It’s grown at a steady pace and then skyrocketed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some expect remote work to ease off again once COVID-19 has subsided. But the reality is people like remote work. Many companies, like Twitter, are continuing to allow employees to work remotely even after stay-at-home orders end.
The market for remote software development is growing in step with remote work generally. Because developers only need a computer and a good internet connection to work, software development is especially suited for working at home. As a result, the future of remote software development is bright, and COVID-19 has only accelerated the shift from inhouse to remote software development.
Finding a remote software development team can be hard. With all of the options among established agencies and freelancers, finding the right fit can be a daunting task. But your ideal remote software development team is out there.
Find an established remote team that is used to working together or assemble your own remote team by hiring the best candidates and bring them together.
In every case, you want to manage well by leading well. Provide all the necessary objectives, structures, resources, tools, and direction, and you will be on your way to the successful completion of your next software development project. If you are looking for custom website or software development, be sure to get in touch today!
Ryan is the VP of Operations for DEV.co. He brings over a decade of experience in managing custom website and software development projects for clients small and large, managing internal and external teams on meeting and exceeding client expectations–delivering projects on-time and within budget requirements. Ryan is based in El Paso, Texas.