September 18, 2020

Sprint Review: Is It Possible Remotely?

According to the Agile Manifesto, face-to-face communication is the most effective way of conveying information to and within the development team. Consequently, co-location is the cornerstone of Scrum, the most popular Agile methodology. With that in mind, it seems that remote product workshops, Sprint Reviews, and other Scrum events are out of the question. But what if external consequences, like the pandemic, leave no other options? Does it mean the end of Scrum? Well, in fact, (spoiler alert!) it doesn’t as this blog post proves.

August 14, 2020

The Best Ways to Align Distributed Teams in IT Outsourcing

Coupling staff augmentation with in-house and remote teams has become standard practice in many companies. Yet, leaders and managers often see the remote units as an addition to their “main” workforce and forget about proper communication and team alignment. Get to know the key best practices for keeping your distributed teams aligned.

July 21, 2020

Your Quick Remote Meetings Guide for the “New Normal”

The new WFH (work from home) trend has made remote meetings the “new normal” in most companies’ routine. Yet, several big questions persist: can remote collaboration be as productive as work done in the office? How to run a remote meeting effectively instead of making it a frustrating time-waster? And what tools should you use for a productive outcome? Let’s uncover this together!

June 30, 2020

Offshoring vs. Outsourcing in IT — What’s the Difference?

To achieve long-term success, any company should try to gain a competitive advantage. The efficient way to achieve this is by using external expertise and gaining extra agility in operations. The two main approaches to improving your operational performance are offshoring and outsourcing, especially in IT. Get to know the difference between these two approaches to scaling your operations.

June 23, 2020

Outsourcing MVP Development: Is It a Good Idea?

Outsourcing is an integral part of today’s software development market. As both the demand and costs keep climbing, it makes perfect sense to explore the alternative ways for launching new applications faster, better — and cheaper. But is it realistic to attain all three parameters at once? Can you outsource product development and still retain a competitive advantage? Let's find out together.

June 12, 2020

IT Outsourcing Readiness Assessment: Quick Checklist 

One of the keys to outsourcing success is pre-planning. After all, no matter how experienced the selected IT vendor is or how brilliant your new developers are, all your efforts will fall flat if your company lacks the proper operational procedures and infrastructure for engaging with these people. Learn how to conduct an IT outsourcing readiness assessment from this post.

May 29, 2020

Product Discovery Workshops: Gain Top Results in a Remote Setup

In this article, we’ll guide you through the product discovery workshop essentials, explain why you can achieve a better outcome with a remote session than with a physical one, and walk you through the basics of an efficient product discovery process.

April 6, 2020

Product Owner vs Project Manager vs Scrum Master: Who Do You Need When

Whether you are new to IT outsourcing or have successfully completed several small engagements, you probably know this: good team composition is key. So whom should you pick to lead your team – product owner vs project manager vs scrum master? Let’s unravel this together!

February 7, 2020

101 Series: Key Service Models in IT Outsourcing

Ever commissioned a service only to realize later that it wasn't what you needed? When a lawnmower forgot to mention that it is you were responsible for providing the equipment, the whole experience is frustrating, but not much of a loss. However, when it comes to outsourcing software development, a suboptimal service model can cost you significant revenue.

June 16, 2018

101 Series: Benefits of Microservices Architecture

Microservices architecture, or simply microservices, is a software architectural style that has grown in popularity in recent years due to high demands in performance and increasing usage of cloud platforms. Get to know the key benefits of using microservices for your applications from this post.