Can Distributed Teams Be Successful?
How to Find Success With Distributed Software Development Teams
A team is a group of people brought together to achieve a common goal. When the word team is brought up often the first thing that comes to mind is sports. Professional sports teams are formed by assembling the top athletes from all over to perform together throughout a season to achieve their goal of winning a championship. This concept is the same for a development team. Teams are formed to perform tasks over a set duration of time to accomplish a common goal of producing excellent results. The big question on many clients minds is can distributed software development teams be successful when they are distributed throughout multiple locations? Although the process may feel a little different than single location teams, QAT Global has found great success with using distributed teams across the United States and Brazil.
QAT Global is a global information technology (IT) services company with an Offshore Development site located in Uberaba, MG, Brazil. With the central office located in Omaha, NE and employees spread throughout the United States and Brazil, distributed teams are one of the key ways we deliver projects for clients. These distributed software development teams provide many advantages that have helped us to produce excellent solutions for clients.
By using distributed teams, there is an increased diversity when it comes to culture and overall experience and expertise. This diversity helps foster a culture of innovation. QAT Global prides itself in having top experts with many years of experience in their respective areas of expertise. By being able to bring on staff without strict location limitations, we are able to hire the best talent. The culture of QAT Global has transformed as the diversity of the company has expanded.
Another advantage is increased productivity and communication. We are able to provide staff with a greater breadth of project opportunities and experience when we are able to distribute the work to employees based on expertise versus location-based availability. Using Agile methodology has helped our distributed teams flourish in their productivity and communication. Our teams hold daily meetings using VOIP tools, like Skype, to check up on the progress of the project and discuss any roadblocks that may have arisen. Tools like Skype enable teams to communicate with one another seamlessly throughout the day, individually and as a team, and with the same kind of ease and frequency as they would if working in the same office.
Finally, distributed teams save clients money while still meeting all of our quality standards. As the demand for IT services continues to rise, the demand for skilled staff climbs as well. Offshoring IT services in part to our site in Brazil has been a great alternative for many clients. The offshore development site provides additional access to skill sets that may be scarce locally and team members who can deliver the same excellent quality at a lower rate than is available in the US. Our site in Brazil is also only two hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time zone which minimizes time zone differences for clients.
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