Staff Augmentation

Your Boss: “Remote development will never work…” Despite studies from universities like Stanford that tout the quality, productivity, recruiting and morale benefits of remote coding strategies, CEOs often struggle when asked to approve plans for remote staff augmentation. The reasons for this resistance are many and varied, but it typically comes down to a fear of lost accountability, resulting in a never-ending money pit. In our experience, the success or failure of remote development teams almost always comes down to scope and execution. If the person paying the bills—or the manager overseeing that project —sees a massive failure from the…

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Remote Coders and their Conflicts with HQ/Full-Time Staffers Managing programmers can be so difficult that it has been famously compared to herding cats. The complexities with managing programmers are compounded when they are not supportive of each other. Many businesses employ both remote and in-house workers. The reality is that in-house developers can and often are a major stumbling block to you effectively managing your resource pool. Most large dev shops understand that you can’t always hire the right person in-house. So not recognizing and addressing conflicts will only slow down your business plans. In-house developers can often resent their…

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