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What is Agile Development (Part 1): What is Agile Development?
 
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“What is agile development?” It’s always been surprisingly hard to get a simple answer to this question. There are esoteric and convoluted descriptions of agile all over the web, complete with concentric circles meant to sum it all up into a simple concept, and yet that simple answer eludes us. To be fair, agile development methodology isn’t a simple thing. Sourceseek is a free service that handpicks software developers for your exact project needs. Get started here: https://www.sourceseek.com/get-started/ We’ll start with wikipedia’s agile methodology definition: From Wikipedia: Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change. It is a conceptual framework that promotes foreseen interactions throughout the development cycle. The first sentence starts by saying that agile development is a software development methodology. A software development methodology is a set of practices and procedures that help a team get organized and build software. It’s not the software itself, it’s the rule-book for organizing the team. That first sentence goes on to describe an iterative and incremental development approach. This is a key concept, and if you only take away one thing about agile this is the one to take away. In agile, we do iterations (circles) where we plan, execute, then review the results so that we can refine the plan and start all over again. We love change, and we want as many iterations and feedback loops as possible during the project. At the end of that first sentence, wikipedia describes collaboration: This really just means that we emphasize partnership and collaboration, with each member of the team serving a specific role but everyone expected to be flexible and to work together. In agile, we love teamwork. The second sentence brings in the concepts of adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and rapid and flexible response to change. In this part of the definition, we see how it all comes together! I interpret this sentence like this: ● We are adaptive. We don’t plan it all at the beginning and then stop planning. We do iterations and we are adjusting the plan all the time. This is why agile is so good for product development, we change and improve as we learn. ● We love evolutionary development. This is essentially the same thing, we learn as we go and we adjust, refine, improve... ● Time-boxing. This basically means that we manage our project using set blocks of time, like days or weeks, and we try to get as much done in those time-boxes as possible. This is the reverse of managing features. We consider what features we can build next week rather than looking at a list of features and asking how long it will take to build them. ● Rapid and flexible response to change: this is critical, and along with ‘iterations’ is the core answer to the question ‘what is agile development?’. We move fast, we are flexible, and we are truly ‘agile’! This is our mantra - fast and flexible - say it again and again!! What is agile development? ● Agile is a way of managing software projects. ● Agile is iterative, and goes in repeated cycles instead of in a long list of steps.. ● Agile is super collaborative and team-oriented. ● Agile is adaptive, constantly changing and refining plans, and moves fast! In almost every project, the client has a harder time expressing what they want at the beginning, and it gets gradually clearer towards the end. The can be a frustrating experience as mid-project changes are pretty disruptive. Let’s try it in agile. 1) Client hires developers by the hour, day, or week. 2) Client describes what they want to the developers 3) Developers start making designs and programming the theme based on what they client thinks they want. 4) Developers show their progress to the client constantly, even every day, to make sure they are on track. 5) The client makes frequent changes and tweaks, always refining the plan and improving the result. The developer also has input and suggestions. 6) The team keeps going until the project is done.. It all sounds very good, and it can be, but the reality is that the agile development methodology requires a solid team of smart people who know what they are doing or it can be a train wreck. It also requires that the entire team (client included) be committed to an honest, forthcoming approach that emphasizes success for the client. SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_...
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What Is A Single Page Application?
 
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In this video Dave provides a simple explanation to the term Single Page Application. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Over the last few years, the term 'singe page application' has become commonplace, but what exactly does this term mean? It can actually mean a variety of different thing, and for the techies among us there can be tons of different ways to explain the term. But a high-level, simple explanation might go like this: A single page application is a new breed of web application that is faster and more efficient than old school style websites. The reason is that a small program loads into the user's browser and handles most of the work, including moving things around the screen, displaying content and graphics, etc. Because all of the graphics and initial data are included in the initial load time, the application may take a few seconds longer to load when you first visit the site, but after that point the browser will only 'talk' to the server when it needs new data - making the general experience much more fluid and fast. Compare this to the way websites used to be made: a browser requests a page and the server sends the entire page to the browser. When the user clicks a link, a completely new page is sent to the browser, even if very little has changed from the first page. A great example of the single page application is Gmail. You may have noticed that Gmail takes an extra 2 or 3 seconds to load on your browser, but it seems to never refresh when you receive or send email. That's the magic of the single page approach. Single page applications are typically made in JavaScript, and it can be a little harder to create this kind of application that it is to create simple web pages. It's become so popular, however, that it's quickly become the standard approach to website building around the world. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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What is Agile Development (Part 2): An Agile Project Case Study
 
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In this video, Dave walks you through a basic agile project to demonstrate how things really work in the agile world. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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How To Write A Project Specification
 
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In this video, Dave describes a basic brainstorming approach that anyone can use to write requirement and specification documents. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Outsourcing Software Development to Ukraine
 
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Outsourcing expert Dave Hecker begins our country guide series with a look at Ukraine, the number-one outsourcing destination in Eastern Europe. With more than 10 years as an outsourcing destination, it's fair to say there are tons of great developers in Ukraine. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Ukraine has more than a thousand companies operating there. They have a very good educational system, one that's very rigorous, and they're really good at problem solving. They're very good at math and engineering, which is common for countries of the former Soviet Union. The culture is also good because Eastern Europeans and Ukrainians like to solve problems in a very aggressive way. They will attack a problem they'll take it head on. So when you run into a coding problem or a very, very difficult challenge, the Ukrainian developers usually are pretty happy about it. They'll work hard on it and they'll be head down for a while and they'll be very proud when they come up with the best possible solution. Looking at the country as a whole, Ukraine is good because the infrastructure's great, the internet connectivity is really good, the airports are good, the electricity stays on, it's pretty easy to fly over there it's very easy to go to Kiev, you don't need a visa if you are American. The Russian Soviet style is to treat everything as if it were a space launch, they are not lighthearted about anything, even on a small project, they want to do an elaborate design they want it to be perfect everything very, very serious. When you ask a Ukrainian developer, "Do you think you can do this?," the answer is always going to start with "No," because everything has to be qualified in terms of risk. They are going to say that the sky could fall or their computers could explode, so they can't guarantee for sure an outcome - but they will feel more confident if they can say, "we can overcome some of these risks then we actually can do it." As a result, the coding is really, really good. Ukrainians are very good at doing Agile, because they understand the Agile mentality, which consists of a lot of speaking up. You want people that are going to identify problems and come out and talk about them. Ukrainians are great at that, and they love to be in control. In Asia, you have to lead the developers, it's hard to make them Agile because they are very hierarchical. In Ukraine, there's no need to say that. There are some minor annoyances: They aren't part of the EU, so you have to deal with some of the classic legal and privacy challenges. The banks aren't too bad. English is spoken pretty well among younger people, but it's a little bit spotty especially when you leave Kiev. You'll find a lot of developers who can write English but don't speak it, things like that, but generally speaking, there's good reason that they are the number-one outsourcing destination in eastern Europe. They are really good, they are very, very mature, and I would highly recommend them. So onto the recent political unrest. It is now July of 2014 and there is somewhat of a war going on in Ukraine. I'm not going to get into the politics of that, but in regard to the safety of sending projects there, I would categorize it as it's pretty safe, I'm not worried about it; just this morning we sent a project to a company in Donetsk, which is kind of the epicenter of where everything is happening right now. The great thing about IT work is that in the end you've got a bunch of people who go into a building, they hang out on the building for a while and then they come out. There's no shipping, there are no logistics, so it's fairly simple, as long as the Internet and the electricity are working, and people can get to the office. We don't believe there will be any great disruption in Ukraine, but we're not experts, and that's just a feeling. If you're going somewhere like Kharkiv or to Donetsk, there's more risk than in a place like Kiev, which is really pretty stable. Because of all this, there is somewhat of a fire sale going on in Ukraine this summer. Ukraine is a great destination. Feel free to send your projects there. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Mastering the ODC: How to Make the Offshore Development Center Work for You
 
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An Offshore Development Center (ODC) can be a perfect and cost-effective solution for some companies, if they meet certain criteria around workload and budget. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Outsourcing expert Dave Hecker gives a quick overview of the ODC, noting the pros and cons. ODCs can be incredibly cost-effective, as a company gets a dedicated team of software developers who are housed and supported by a legitimate overseas development shop. Whatever the technical stack, there are a large number of reputable agencies, around the world, from which to choose. SourceSeek can help you select an ODC from among our exclusive network of vetted development shops. An ODC is cost-effective because you, as the client, manage the resources dedicated to you.You also have the ability to bring on and vet developers from among the agency's pool; if you don't like a developer or two, you can ask to have them swapped out. There are challenges, though, beyond the crisp management you'll have to provide. To be cost-effective you'll need to have a steady stream of work for the team, and you'll have to have a budget on the order of $50K to begin. So if you have experience already managing overseas teams and/or technical project management, know you need a steady or increasing amount of software development in the coming year or two, and can commit enough budget, an ODC could be a good option for you. As always, if you need help, SourceSeek is ready to answer questions and match you with top development teams around the world. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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How Much Will My App Cost???
 
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In this video, Dave talks about a few steps clients can take to get a clear idea of how much their application will really cost to build. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Handling Timezone Issues With Offshore Developers
 
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In this video, Dave talks about how timezone issues can be overcome when dealing with offshore developers. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Outsourcing Software To India
 
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In this installment of SourceSeek's country guide series Dave looks at one of the most established outsourcing regions, India. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams India has been around for a long time and has a mixed reputation for quality, but is still growing at an incredible rate and remains one of the most driving forces in the offshore software market. The value in India is good, mostly due to the huge supply of delvers which keeps prices down. However, while Indian programmers generally speak English, communications and cultural issues are common and are suspected to cause most of the perceived quality issues. That said, India can be a reliable and high-quality provider of software if you know where to find the right team. SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) Reliable, Experienced Overseas Development Teams On Demand. For startups and midsize companies. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Choosing a Stack For Your Web Application
 
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In this video, Dave walks clients through the most important considerations when making a decision about which stack to go with. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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How To Ramp Up An Offshore Software Development Team Quickly
 
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Every client wants to get their offshore software team going quickly. In this video, Dave discusses ways to grow the team without chaos or killing morale. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Every client wants to get their offshore software team going as quickly as possible. If we grow the team too quickly, however, we can wind up with chaos and disorganization and reduced morale and productivity. In this video, Dave talks about the best way to expand your offshore software team as quickly as possible by engaging the team lead and partnering with them to guide the team growth. The leader of the offshore team has the most visibility into team dynamics, personalities, and productivity so he or she will be the most able to support your decisions. It's critical to let the team lead have input on when and how to add new members to the team. If you push your offshore team to grow too quickly, it's the offshore team lead that will have the real challenge in meeting your needs. That lead will need to train and coach each new team member and if the growth becomes unmanageable, you run the risk of crushing the morale and productivity of the team lead, which can be a disaster. In addition to leveraging the team lead as you ramp up, it's important to make every effort to engage every team member as much as possible so that you can learn their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. This is a great morale and team builder, but it also provides you with critical visibility into the real team dynamics - a big plus when your offshore software development team is 5000 miles away. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Outsourcing Software To Vietnam
 
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Learn why Vietnam is one of the hottest outsourcing destinations in the world. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Vietnam has graduated from being considered an 'up and coming' software outsourcing destination, but it's not nearly as mature as many locations in E. Europe or India. Still, outsourcing software to Vietnam can be an excellent choice for clients who are looking for great value. For smaller clients outsourcing simple projects like apps or websites, Vietnam offers terrific value and can be very successful, although language barriers are still a significant issue and quality issues abound. So, Vietnam is still best for experienced clients who can help ensure their projects stay on track. There are certainly some very experienced, very skilled developers in Vietnam but overall the region is still fairly new at outsourcing, so the average developers only have a few years of experience. It may be a few more years before Vietnam reaches the point where seasoned tech leads are easy to find, but larger clients should be able to find skilled, productive teams. At SourceSeek, we're increasingly interested in Vietnam. We think it's poised to be the next software powerhouse in Asia. SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) Reliable, Experienced Overseas Development Teams On Demand. For startups and midsize companies. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Why Are Ukrainians Software Companies So Successful?
 
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Ukraine has become the top software outsourcing destination in Europe and has developed a fantastic reputation throughout the world. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect With Top Offshore Software Teams But how do they do such terrific work? In this video, Dave goes to the 2017 Outsourcing Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine to find out. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_... LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sour... Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Find The Perfect Software Team | Getting Matched
 
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Find the perfect software team by developing a solid vendor profile to match the client profile you've already built. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Now that we have a specific type of vendor in mind, it’s time to find them, hire them, and get our project started. For purposes of this report, we’ll skip the big enterprise clients and vendors – they already know how to find each other. For the rest of market, here are some helpful tips: Body shops and mid-level vendors are easy to find. As a general rule, the more successful vendors in this range will not be active on marketplaces like Elance and oDesk, but there are many exceptions. The most successful way to find these is to search the web. Many companies in this range will advertise aggressively on Google or other search engines. This can frequently be a sign of a stable and successful company be- cause this type of advertising is much more expensive than bidding on marketplaces. To narrow down the list, remember that a company with more than about 100 people is difficult to manage and grow, so you want companies that have been in business for at least 3-5 years so that you can be confident of their stability. Also, look for companies that have a U.S. presence, such as a representative or an office – this is a great indicator of a stable company. Look for comprehensive case studies, and bios of the company leadership. Great mid- level shops should also be able to provide specific/named resources that can work on your project as well as cite case studies for complex, successful projects. Premium boutique and expat-run vendors are a great choice for many clients who understand that the higher prices that these companies charge will have a substantial ROI. These companies are usually found online through search engines, as they tend not to market themselves on marketplaces, and are frequently focused on a single technology. If you know what technology you are looking for, you can look for user groups or events related to that technology in your target market. For example, you can find some great Chinese vendors who are specialists in Ruby on Rails by looking at who is attending Ruby related events/meet-ups in Shanghai. Upstart companies and freelancers are easily found on Craigslist, Elance, oDesk, and other marketplaces - so easily, in fact, that the toughest part of finding good vendors in this market is weeding out the bad ones. A great way to identify vendors in this market is to simply do small trials. Companies and freelancers who are just starting out will almost always jump at the chance to do a small trial project, and it’s common to agree a reduced rate for a trial of just 1-2 weeks. Don’t hesitate to do trials with more than one vendor until you have a good feeling and are ready to commit. The trick to succeeding in this category is to invest time and energy into the selection process. Bottom-feeders offer very little benefit and a lot of risk to clients. In this category, clients learn the hard lesson of offshoring: A $12/hr resource will usually cost more than a $35/hr resource because they produce poor quality work that has to be redone, they disappear completely, or they turn your project into a death march. There are always stories of clients finding great resources for $15/hr, but those are rare, and it’s increasingly unlikely you’ll be one of them. Avoid this category completely. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Odesk vs Elance - Which One To Choose For Your Project?
 
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In this video, looks at Odesk and Elance from a client perspective and gives a high level view of which one might be the way to go for your project! http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Communicating With Remote Software Teams
 
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Communication is key when working with remote software teams. Learn how to do it correctly. http://www.SourceSeek.com --- Get matched with proven software teams for your next project. The stand-up meeting is a critical piece of the agile teamwork. The fast-paced, low-overhead stand-up meeting style helps to keep a team agile by reducing overhead and minimizing the time spent on meetings. A good standup-meeting gives everyone a chance to provide a quick status and address any obstacles they may have encountered, but is limited to those topics to keep the meeting short and sweet. When working with an offshore software development team, we need to rethink the way we handle stand-up meetings to make it work in a distributed project. Many clients try to have the whole team, both offshore and domestic, conduct a virtual meeting where everyone gets together in a video conference. This can work, and does for some teams, but if your team is 8 timezones away it becomes more difficult, less efficient, and definitely less agile. Dave's simple way to handle this is to have two stand-up meetings, one for each location, and then elect one person to act as liaison between the teams. This approach allows both teams to have the standup meeting on their own schedule, at a convenient time, so that they can get that efficiency and speed that a good stand-up meeting needs. The liaison from each side will sure that everyone across the entire team is made aware of everyone's progress and issues, if any. After each standup meeting, the liaisons send a daily meeting report sent every day by the liaison of each team. With a little effort, the entire team can been kept aware of what everyone is doing at all times. One shortcoming of this technique is that it doesn't provide that critical face-time for the entire team. An in-person meeting, or even a video conference, is a great team building technique and is important to keep a team acting as a true team. This is easily overcome, however, by scheduling occasional 'all hands' video meetings where everyone can chat and catch up. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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When Indian Software Developers Say Yes
 
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In this video, Dave and Manikuttan Nair of Spericon Technology in Kerela, India discuss Indian style communications, and what it really means when your Indian developer says 'yes'. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect With Top Offshore Software Teams Many Indians, according to Nair, will beat around the bush when asked for a yes or no answer by an American client, and will ultimately say 'yes' in hopes of clarifying their answer later or just to escape a potentially awkward conversation. American clients, being accustomed to concise, to-the-point answers will usually interpret a 'yes' as actually meaning 'yes' - end of story. Indian developers, however, frequently expect the conversation to continue so that the initial 'yes' can turn into a more nuanced answer. This difference in communication style is the root of many misunderstandings and subsequent frustration with US clients hire Indian companies. Simply understanding this communication theme can help a lot, and building a strong relationship with your team where everyone feels confident and free to communicate accurately can solve the problem completely. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_... LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sour... Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Content Marketing for Offshore Software Teams
 
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Why are some offshore software teams exploding with business while other teams, even those who offer much higher quality, are struggling to get business? http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect With Top Offshore Software Teams In this video, Dave describes a winning approach that an offshore software development team can use to effectively promote their company using content marketing. You need a good website and all the usual assets to succeed, but a targeted content marketing campaign that emphasizes communication skills and demonstrates real expertise can quickly push you to the top. There is nothing better than video for demonstrating your offshore software team's communication skills. Seeing and hearing a real person makes the client truly see and feel what it would be like to work with you, and will help alleviate any communications concerns. Many teams use content marketing, but their content is somewhat self-serving - providing advice on selecting a team or other obvious marketing efforts disguised as content. Legitimately useful content will always help the client to solve a real problem rather than just try to win their business. Clients are usually struggling with all sorts of issues like stack choice, platform and framework choice, understanding process models, or perhaps they are trying to organize and document their needs so that their project can be a success. By solving some of these simple problems (and doing it without any selling!) you demonstrate to the client that you can help them, and that you have authority and expertise in the space. When it's time for the client to choose a vendor, they'll consider all the usual elements like references and experience, but those vendors who have shown the client how they can help with a real-world problem are frequently the ones who win the business. Done correctly, content marketing can be incredibly effective. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Offshore Outsourcing For Resellers & Agencies
 
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Finding great offshore software teams for agencies, software shops, and other resellers is one of the toughest challenges we face at SourceSeek. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams When we refer to a 'reseller', we are talking about any client who wants to outsource software development to an offshore company, then resell that work to their own clients. These clients are typically independent/freelance developers, small web shops, big software companies, or advertising marketing shops that don't have their own technical teams in-house. Reseller clients can be great, but they can also bring a lot of pressure and constraints to vendors and stress the relationships. Resellers usually offer very favorable terms to their clients, for example fixed-bid contracts with hard deadlines. When they hire an offshore team, the resellers like to 'pass through' these requirements to the offshore team - obligating the offshore team to deliver on the schedule/deadline expectations that they set with their clients. This can turn into a pressure cooker for the technical team, who may not agree with or have been consulted on the scope, budget, or schedule that is demanded of them. Another issue with reseller clients is the inconsistency of work. So many reseller clients are constantly chasing jobs and may not be able to support full time, ongoing work. This poses a challenge for the outsourced team, as managing resources is one of the biggest challenges in running a software team and piecemeal or inconsistent work makes that very difficult. To succeed with this kind of arrangement, we always start by digging deep into the inner workings of the client. How do they manage clients? How do they do estimations? How do they manage QA and release? How will they manage the expectations of the client and be reasonable with the vendor? Once we understand how they work, we can usually find a vendor who can roll with the challenges of that client. On the vendor side, we generally counsel teams only to consider this kind of work if they are extremely clear about how these clients work. We advise them to raise their rates a bit and to try and engage the client in a way that will allow them to help with the estimation process and with setting client expectations. We make sure that they are on board for the sometimes-chaotic world of reselling and web services. Despite the challenges, we see a lot of success with these types of clients and it can be extremely profitable, but it's definitely the hardest type of matchmaking we do! SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Is it safe to do business in Ukraine?
 
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In this video from our recent trip to Kyiv, Dave Hecker discusses business conditions in Ukraine since the political upheaval of 2014, and whether offshore clients should feel confident sending their software projects to Ukraine.
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Find The Perfect Software Team | How Much To Pay
 
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Dave Hecker concludes his series on finding the perfect offshore development team. With your client and vendor profiles in hand, you can get the best pricing for your software projects. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Offshore development pricing varies dramatically from region-to-region, vendor-to- vendor, and even from individual vendors sometimes. Prices are frequently adjusted based on the perceived quality of the client, the expected difficulty in working with them, and other factors. A tech-savvy client with an interesting project may pay 30% less than a newbie client with a boring job. When considering cost, remember that many regions are more or less expensive than others for a variety of reasons. Consider the following examples of regional themes during your selection process: - India tends to be inexpensive, due to the huge labor pool  Russia/Ukraine/Belarus tends to be more expensive, due to high education and skill levels. - Vietnam tends to be inexpensive due to very favorable currency exchange, language barriers and a fairly new IT market with a lack of senior developers - South America tends to be expensive, due to similarities in time zone, language, and culture The information below provides baseline data that has been collected through thousands of vendor contacts and client engagements at SourceSeek, and represents typical cost ranges as of July, 2014. These cost ranges are rough and are provided as informational guides only – many exceptions exist and the offshore development marketplace is con- stantly changing. Large enterprise vendors These companies offer a wide range of resources with different prices (i.e. senior, junior, QA, etc). Current hourly rates fall between $20/hr and $30/hr for multiple, long-term resources. Body shops and mid-level vendors Expect to currently pay between $18/hr to $23/hr for a body shop, or $25/hr to $35/hr for a quality mid-level vendor. Premium boutique and expat-run vendors Expect to currently pay anywhere from $29/hr up to $55/hr. Many great vendors with solid management and language skills who deliver quality code are clustered around the $36/hr to $42/hr range, with wide variation for specialties and regions. Upstart vendors and freelancers Small groups that have great skills and management will currently fall between $18/hr and $30/hr. Freelancers have a wider range, with brand-new freelancers trying to develop a clientele by offering rock-bottom rates and more established developers charging up to $70/hr. Bottom-feeders At the bottom, we still see rates under $15/hr and even under $10/hr. ---------------------- SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. In as little as two weeks, we assess your needs, find a perfect tech team, and co-pilot to ensure success. Best of all, SourceSeek is free to you. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Legal Concerns And The Offshore Software Contract
 
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In this video Dave discusses the legal aspects of offshoring software, and dispels some common concerns we hear every day from SourceSeek clients. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Every client who is considering offshore software development should be concerned about the legal issues associated with doing international business. Software outsourcing, however, is unique in that it's not as easy as it may seem for a vendor to simply steal your idea and execute it. So, in many cases this concern is unfounded although there are many legitimate cases where a client should worry. Intellectual properly in general, however, is a different story. It's not difficult at all for an overseas vendor to take liberties with your codebase, including 'hard to know' things like reuse of portions of your codebase for other clients. In these cases, your go-to mentality may be to 'lawyer up' and get your contracts organized well to protect yourself from potential issues. This mentality, however, rarely works unless you are a large client with millions of dollars of development services being outsourced. For most clients, the potential costs and headaches associated with making a legal claim overseas far outweigh the value of the actual work. In those cases, the best approach is to find a vendor you can trust, and invest in the relationship enough to maintain that trust long-term. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Welcome to SourceSeek
 
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SourceSeek matches you with software developers in days, so you can focus on your business, not finding tech teams. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you can't afford to waste time looking for software developers. SourceSeek finds and engages the perfect developers for you in under a week. We assess your needs, make the intro, help you lift off, and co-pilot to make sure you're successful. SourceSeek is your source for top software developers. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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The Art of Software Estimation with Vadim Kondratiev
 
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How accurate can software estimation really be? Many customers still think they need (and deserve) an 'accurate' software estimation. But it's rarely possible to be 100% accurate, and sometimes it's hard to even get close. Both clients and vendors need to understand the process for estimating projects, as well as the difficulties and risks involved. Mostly, they need to keep in mind that even a well thought out estimate can't be viewed as 100% reliable. Vadim Kondratieve of Anadea, Inc. in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, joins us to share his thoughts about preparing an estimation, how difficult it is to meet it, and the responsibility of educating your clients about the process. Learn more at www.sourceseek.com
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Outsourced WordPress Developers: An Interview With Dan Norris
 
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Finding great Wordpress developers is notoriously difficult, but Dan Norris of wpcurve.com has found a consistent way to identify and retain great overseas developers. Wpcurve.com provides Wordpress services at great rates by leveraging these overseas developers. http://www.SourceSeek.com ­ Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Today Dan & Dave discuss tips for finding, managing and retaining the best Wordpress developers overseas. As always, if you need help, SourceSeek is ready to answer questions and match you with top development teams around the world. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Switching Software Teams Smoothly
 
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Switching software development teams mid-project can be daunting, but can also save your project from total disaster. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams A huge percentage of our software clients are frustrated with their current development teams and call us in hopes of finding a better one. We can always find them a great team to start working with, but how can they transition to the new team without undue drama, expense, or stress. More often than not we find that if a client is extremely unhappy with their vendor, the software team is not thrilled with the client either! Even if the client is a 'perfect client', a troubled project is hard on everyone and it's easy to forget that an offshore software team is also trying to succeed in business and needs to worry about morale and customer retention. As a result, the most common approach to this is to simply engage the current team and let them know the plans to terminate the contract. Just about every time, the team will be relieved to hear this and will actually help to ensure a smooth transition. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS!
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Working with Ukrainian Software Developers
 
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Ukraine has long been known for top notch software development. But what is their work culture like? How can you build great relationships with your offshore team? We went to Kyiv to find out.
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Better Software Estimation: The Estimation Hotseat Exercise
 
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In this exercise, Dave Hecker demonstrates an easy and fun way to empower your developers to use their intuition when estimating software projects. http://www.SourceSeek.com ­ Connect With Top Offshore Software Teams Software estimation is notoriously difficult. It's a no-win situation for developers. If they overestimate the project, they risk scaring off new clients. If they underestimate the project, the company profit is at risk. Developers usually employ the 'break it down into little pieces then add them up' approach when producing a software estimation. That can be useful, but when experienced developers combine this approach with their experience and intuition the result is certain to be much more accurate. Unfortunately, developers are accustomed to being blamed when estimations are inaccurate, so many of them are apprehensive to adjust the estimate to reflect what they 'really think', and will rely upon the safety of the math instead. The software estimation hotseat is a fun way to encourage your team to use their intuition as well as their spreadsheet to and produce better estimations! SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sour... Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Find The Perfect Software Team | Understanding Team Types
 
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Dave Hecker begins his four-part series on how to find your perfect offshore team and get the best price for software development by understanding vendor types, understanding yourself as a client, how different clients match with which vendor types, and how those matches influence the cost of a project. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Enterprise Vendors These big companies are typically found in India, Eastern Europe, or more recently in China or South America, and employ many hundreds or even thousands of software developers as well as testing and project-management resources. Although these companies tend to have competitive rates, they are best engaged by large corporations with project budgets of $300,000 to $1,000,000 or more. Body Shops and Mid-Level Vendors This category of software vendor ranges in size from 50 to around 500 employees and covers a wide range of companies with the largest range of quality and style. The dreaded “body shop” model, frequently seen in India and now China, consists of a company that hires junior developers right out of college, then farms them out to overseas clients with minimal training, management, or leadership. Not all vendors in this range, however, are “nightmare” body shops. There are good companies in this range that do solid work, and can be a good fit for clients who want to invest the time and energy to outsource large projects at low rates. Clients who are looking for the Offshore Development Center (ODC) model may do well in this range. Premium, Boutique, and Expat-run Vendors This is probably the best type of vendor if you are a small business, individual, or startup client looking for quality work from a legitimate provider. These companies tend to be expensive by offshore standards - expect to pay between 40% and 70% of what you’d pay for the same service on the domestic market. To find them, you’ll need to find a trusted resource who knows them or search online for vendors with characteristics associated with a desirable boutique firm, and then contact them directly. Upstart Companies and Freelance Vendors This category fills the range between the boutique/expat-run vendors and the bottom- feeders, and is tough to summarize as the range of skill and experience is very broad. In this category, you’ll find both experienced and amateur freelancers, brand new companies with just 1 or 2 partners, and up-and-coming companies that are quickly out- growing the category. The difficulty in finding good vendors in this category cannot be overstated. With that in mind, this is where some great deals are to be had for savvy clients. If you are able to find up-and-coming vendors who have terrific skills but haven’t managed to raise their rates yet (and thus graduate from this category), you can get great work at a low rate. That is easier said than done, though. The Bottom Feeders This is the category in which the offshore nightmares usually happen. You’ve probably heard from these vendors already – through unsolicited messages via email or LinkedIn, where they advertise with wordy and flowery claims of unlimited skills and experience. You’ll also be running into these vendors on Elance, Odesk, vWorker, and other marketplaces, including Craigslist. Bottom-feeders are hungry for work and will usually offer exciting but questionable benefits such as rock-bottom prices, 24/7 availability, the ability to start on your project immediately, a skillset that contains every platform/technology available, and promises of unrealistic deadlines. As you are evaluating vendors, do your best to ignore these bottom- feeders or you’ll set yourself up for an expensive and frustrating lesson in “you get what you pay for.” SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Will Ukraine Remain the Premier Outsourcing Destination?
 
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In the last decade Ukraine has emerged as one of, if not the single best, destination to outsource software projects. But Ukraine is facing new and increasing competition from great software teams from across the globe. We traveled to Kyiv to find out if Ukraine can remain the premier outsourcing destination in the coming years.
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Finding the Perfect Offshore Development Team
 
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Matching clients with the best software teams is both a science and an art - here's how we do it at SourceSeek. http://www.SourceSeek.com ­ Connect With Top Offshore Software Teams today. Matching clients with the best software teams requires us to dig deep and find the true motivations, strengths, and personality of each party. We invest a lot of time into learning how a client likes to work, what they bring to the table, and their hopes and dreams for that 'perfect vendor'. The way a client handles workflow and communications, for example, is a pivotal factor in the software team's experience. If there isn't good alignment between the two client and the team, small miscommunications will escalate, stress will emerge, and eventually fingers will inevitably be pointed. Even a simple cultural misalignment can lead to trouble. Imagine a client who expects daily responses to emails, regardless of importance. That client will quickly get frustrated with a vendor who chooses to prioritize emails by true urgency. The vendor may be doing a great job keeping the project on track by choosing wisely how to invest their time, but the client will still see their work as lacking. On the vendor side, we similarly look at the company direction, vision, personality, and more. We also consider one thing that is frequently forgotten - the vendor's profit. So many clients don't take the time to consider the profitability of their development partner, but they should! Even the best software teams have to carefully manage their resources, and will always seek to put their best resources on the most lucrative project. So if you aren't making sure that your project is profitable for the vendor, you might find yourself competing with other projects for resources and attention. Another thing to remember is the morale of the team. A perfect-fit client can be profitable for a vendor without killing morale on the developer team, because the team likes both the work and the client. There are always plenty of great teams that will accept just about any client because, in most cases, they need the money. But, this isn't a recipe for a long-lasting and lucrative relationship. Only when there is real mutual benefit can a relationship go long term and maintain quality. With 20 years of experience working with great clients and the best software teams, we've gotten pretty good putting together the 'happy marriages' that both clients and vendors want! SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Americans Vs. Europeans: Who Make Best Software Clients?
 
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There is a lot of talk about which country produces the best offshore software development teams. But what about clients? In this video we talk to offshore teams about the differences between American and Europe offshore software development clients. Outsourcing is a two-way street. Matching great clients with great teams is all we do at www.sourceseek.com
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Find the Perfect Software Team | Client Types
 
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Dave Hecker continues his series on getting the best price for offshore development by understanding who you are as a client and which software vendor is your match. He outlines how to write a Client Profile to find that perfect match. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams Large Enterprise Clients These types of clients are the counterparts to the large enterprise software vendors mentioned above. They typically need months or years of development from larger teams, and tend to use technologies like Java or Oracle for projects valued in the high hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Mature Clients with Medium-Sized Projects These clients are generally the most desirable from the perspective of many offshore vendors. They can be loosely described as companies that have experience in out- sourcing software, have budgets of $50k or more, and have internal resources such as in-house developers or project managers that can co-manage the project. These types of clients are attractive because their experience makes them easier to negotiate and work with. They understand the estimation process, risks associated with scheduling, cost overages, and other aspects of outsourcing, so they are seen as more likely to be realistic clients that are successful offshore. Resellers Resellers are domestic companies that sell software services to domestic clients, but outsource much or all of the development work overseas. Resellers are highly desirable clients for offshore groups of all sizes because they are experienced with offshore development and can bring steady work to an offshore team without the need for a sales cycle. Resellers tend to be savvy customers, and will usually retain the best vendors and get better rates than ordinary clients for the same work. Reseller arrangements are usually “white-label,” which means that both client and vendor keep the relationship a secret. So you may never know that the vendor you are negotiating with is the same team that builds software for your competition. Reseller arrangements are particularly popular with software companies as well as SEO, virtual- assistant, and QA/testing agencies. One thing you can assume, though, is that if you are a small business or a startup you’re probably getting quoted higher rates than you would be if you were a reseller. Resellers are your unseen competition. Small Businesses, Startups, and Individuals This is the largest and most diverse category of clients. It includes bloggers, funded startups, small and home businesses, vanity efforts, non-profits, and others, usually with values ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. This category is typically serviced by upstart companies, freelancers, boutique teams, and, unfortunately, the bottom-feeding vendors (see below). Clients in this category have a tough time finding success for a variety of reasons, including: - Upstart companies are bidding for this type of work, but cannot always deliver quality - Great boutique firms take these types of clients, but are relatively expensive - Bottom feeders are abundant and make it hard for these clients to choose - The marketplace is extremely noisy and confusing - Many clients in this category are relatively inexperienced, which makes them less attractive to the best vendors Bottom-Feeding Clients This category is difficult to characterize but easy to understand from a motivation standpoint: Almost everyone would love to get something for nothing. They may have legitimate reasons – they’re a startup or non-profit, revenues are tight but if they can just get this new website or app launched they’d be a solid customer, their friend at another company did it and succeeded – but the truth is a bottom-feeding client will rarely if ever rise to the top for a legitimate vendor. SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Find the Best Contractors On Elance: How To Read Elance Reviews
 
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In this video, Dave describes a few things to keep in mind when hunting for contractors on Elance. http://www.SourceSeek.com - Connect WIth Top Offshore Software Teams SourceSeek (www.sourceseek.com) matches your software projects for free with trusted dev teams in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you're a startup founder, small-business owner, or Fortune 100 manager, you need to get it right the first time. But too often, software projects fail, resulting in wasted time and money. SourceSeek is here to help you keep your project on-time and on-budget, and your development partners highly motivated. Our founder, Dave Hecker, is one of the foremost experts on outsourcing software, web, and mobile development projects. We're passionate about teaching both clients and vendors what they can do to ensure the success of their projects. Here's what we do, in as little as two weeks: - Quickly and efficiently assess a client's needs - Intelligently match you to a dev team for your product or project needs - Co-pilot to help you optimize distributed teams and see instant results SourceSeek is free for clients; we find you the best teams and the perfect match. It's that simple. Watch all our videos, send us feedback, and tell us about your project at http://www.sourceseek.com/get-started-now/. SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR MORE OUTSOURCING VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sourceseek LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sourceseek Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeek SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com
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Russian Teams View Contracts Differently: Interview With Gene Tashkinov
 
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In this video, Gene Tashkinov of Silicon Gene in Moscow sits down with Dave to discuss how Russian software teams view the formality of written contracts differently than their American clients. Americans LOVE contracts. Put it in writing because, to us, the contract is king. Our emphasis on upholding a formal agreement isn’t universal cross-culturally, though. When your offshore software team considers your contract more of a guide than a binding legal agreement, it can easily affect your project and your relationship with your team. Don't assume that your interpretation of the contract is the same as your team's. Communication is always the most important aspect when working with an offshore team. To help avoid misunderstandings, be sure you're having this conversation and that expectations are clear before kicking off your project. LET'S CONNECT! SourceSeek ► http://www.sourceseek.com Google+ ► http://google.com/+Sourceseek Facebook ► http://facebook.com/SourceSeek Twitter ► http://twitter.com/SourceSeek Linkedin ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/sour... Pinterest ► http://www.pinterest.com/SourceSeekIT
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