Improve Retention by Outsourcing?
It may sound counterintuitive, but outsourcing development projects in the right way can actually be a huge investment in the people you already have on staff.
Outsourcing is often seen as a stopgap, a way to maintain momentum until you can hire enough people with the right skill sets internally. It can also easily morph into a long-term bandage, a supposedly low-cost way to quickly staff up or down that incurs a great deal of hidden cost over time. Whether due to issues of quality, communication, or perception, many companies have an understandable stigma around outsourcing software development work.
Long-Term Benefits of Outsourcing the Right Way
Getting Your Internal Staff Above Water
Increase Skills with New Tech or DevOps Practices
Improve Performance and Sustainability
Outsourcing Can Still Be Demotivating and Counterproductive
If you want to to take advantage of outsourcing to see the benefits discussed above, you need a partner that understands your goal. They have to understand that you aren’t hiring hands to perform a set amount of work and disappear until the phone rings: you’re looking to move faster both today and tomorrow. You’re not filling a temporary gap, or merely augmenting your resource pool; you’re investing in your employees and the environments they work in. You need a partner that engages with this shared mindset and incorporates:
- Skill to wield modern development tools
- Modern development practices for quality in terms of performance, stability, and sustainability
- Experience working alongside and teaching internal development teams
- Tools for remote collaboration or willingness to co-locate with your team
- Purpose-focused mindset for long term success and sustainability
Without these qualities, you’ll struggle to realize the benefits discussed above. Given the current workforce challenges, finding the right partner to boost development and invest in the staff you’re working to retain is the best way to maximize your investment.
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