How to [Successfully] Outsource Software Development: The 5 W’s

In-house model is not justified.

You need flexibility, efficiency, and reasonable cost.

When you need bread, you go to the bakery. You don’t bake the bread on your own (do you?) because for that you need extra time, skill, and effort. Moreover, when you buy at the bakery, you don’t spend more.

This is exactly why companies are turning to outsourcing software development

How to [Successfully] Outsource Software Development: The 5 W’s

From this article, you’ll learn

Why Outsource Software Development

According to an Accelerance study, by 2026, the predicted shortage of US engineers is 1.2 million. Supply doesn’t cover the demand. With such a talent gap, companies are looking for ways to get ahead.

Predicated shortage os US engineers. Graph

Why do companies outsource software development?

When comparing in-house software development vs outsourcing, several compelling reasons push businesses to outsource:

Access to a larger talent poolTap into the expertise of skilled professionals worldwideUS businesses hiring cost-effective, highly-skilled workforce in Eastern Europe
Cost savingsSave on office space, taxes, equipment, and employee benefitsA company saving on office expenses by hiring remote teams from different countries
Faster time to marketExpedited software development and deliveryA dedicated team working more efficiently to complete a project ahead of schedule
Flexibility and scalabilityScale the development team up or down as neededExpanding workforce during peak times for a seasonal project
Access to specialized expertiseAccess niche technologies and skillsetsHiring a developer proficient in a niche technology for a specific project
Risk mitigationMitigate risks associated with in-house developmentA software development company providing backup resources to ensure project continuity

What Types of Outsourcing Exist?

There are three main software development outsourcing models: staff augmentation, dedicated development team, and turn-key solution. Each model offers different benefits, so it’s essential to choose the right one for your project.

Key differences between staff augmentation, dedicated team and turn-key solutions
/Staff AugmentationDedicated TeamTurn-Key Solution
DESCRIPTIONExtend your in-house team with additional resourcesA team of skilled professionals working exclusively on your projectA complete solution, from project concept to final product delivery
FLEXIBILITYFlexibility to scale resources up or downEnsures high-quality results and focused attentionHandles all aspects of the project, including project management and QA
INTEGRATIONSeamlessly integrates with your existing teamActs as an extension of your in-house teamNo need for in-house technical expertise or management
CONTROLRetain control over project management and resource allocationYou have control over project requirements and prioritiesProject management handled by the outsourcing partner
RESPONSIBILITIESShared responsibility between your in-house team and the augmented resourcesThe dedicated team takes responsibility for the project outcomesThe outsourcing partner takes full responsibility for the project
BEST FORProjects requiring specific skills or short-term supportLong-term projects or when in-house resources are limitedProjects with well-defined requirements and a clear end goal
KEY DIFFERENCEFocus on supplementing existing resourcesFocus on dedicated resources working exclusively on your projectFocus on delivering a complete, end-to-end solution

Where to Outsource Software Development

Popular outsourcing hubs include India and Eastern Europe, offering a rich pool of skilled talent at competitive rates. When choosing the best country to outsource software development, it’s crucial to select a reliable outsourcing software development company.

  1. A proven track record and positive client testimonials: A reliable outsourcing company should have a history of successful projects and satisfied clients. Client testimonials and case studies can provide valuable insights into the quality of their work and their ability to deliver on time and within budget.
  2. Clear communication and transparency in their processes: Effective communication is crucial for successful outsourcing. A reliable outsourcing company should maintain open lines of communication, provide regular updates, and be transparent about their development processes, methodologies, and project management practices.
  3. Adherence to industry standards and best practices: A reliable outsourcing company should follow industry standards and best practices to ensure the quality and security of the software they develop. This includes adhering to coding standards, using version control systems, conducting regular code reviews, and implementing thorough testing procedures.

When Should You Outsource Software?

Consider outsourcing software development in the following situations:

1. You need to scale your team quickly:

  • Meet tight deadlines
  • Handle sudden increases in workload

Example: A company receiving a large contract and needing to ramp up development efforts quickly.

2. Your in-house team lacks expertise:

  • Access specialized skill sets
  • Tackle projects requiring specific knowledge

Example: A company needing to develop a mobile app but having an in-house team specialized in web development.

3. You’re a startup short on a budget:

  • Access skilled professionals at a lower cost
  • Focus on core business objectives without sacrificing software quality

Example: A cash-strapped fintech startup outsources app development to an affordable, skilled team, allowing them to launch a successful product while managing expenses.

Who Will Work on My Software Development?

At Mongoose Software, we help you find skilled staff with 5+ years of experience to work on your project, tailored to your specific needs. Whether you require short-term, long-term, or project-based assistance, we have you covered.

Here is our process:

  1. Submit your project requirements.

    Clearly outline your project needs, such as the number of developers, desired tech stack, and project specifications.

  2. Choose the right outsourcing model.

    We’ll help you select the one that fits your goals best – staff augmentation, dedicated team, or turnkey project.

  3. Gain control over the hiring process.

    You approve the developers that will work on your project.

  4. Kick off the project.

    We begin the software development process with your chosen developers.

  5. Make iterations to the project as needed.

    If you have your budget or timeline changes – the flexibility is on us

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Oleksandr Haidamaka
CEO & Technical Director

I help businesses find IT talent in a fast, convenient, and effective way.

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