Deciding to Outsource development?

Here’s Your Decision-Making Matrix.

Ameen Abu Leil is VP of Galil Software R&D business unit. He builds development groups for a long list of well recognize companies for more than 5 years.

For many companies, the decision to outsource software development makes sense. They might not have the resources to support an in-house development team, and even if they did, it can be difficult to attract and retain that talent. So, what factors should you consider when you decide to outsource development? I’ve come up with a decision-making matrix for making outsourcing decisions.

Define Your Need for software Outsourcing

Before you set out on a journey, you consult a roadmap. The same advice holds true when you’re deciding to outsource a software development project.

It’s important to figure out why you want to outsource development because it will help you determine your goals and the purpose of turning to a third party developer.

Some companies need to outsource because it’s more cost effective. For others, outsourcing enables them to reach a new talent pool they wouldn’t have been able to connect to otherwise. And other firms simply don’t have the resources to support a development team. Those resources might be financial, or they might be constraints on office space. Last, they need to create some flexibility in the team size meaning they serve specific customer requirements that are not easy to predict.

There are some very good reasons for any company to choose outsourcing, regardless of other motivations. Some of them are:

In the next post, we’ll talk about some important points from my experience in choosing and operating software outsourcing.