Solutions to the Top 3 Resourcing Problems CEO’s Face in R&D

Most CEO’s of technology companies experience three major pain points in R&D: HR struggles to find local developers, often taking 3-6 months to hire More engineering hires adds to the risk of sustained long-term costs Scaling your team is difficult and expensive in the current marketplace Traditional resourcing strategies alone, involving HR efforts and local centralized teams, are too rigid …

500 Developers – A Savvy Way to Scale Your Engineering Team

On many tech business leaders’ minds is the question, “If we land these two customers at the same time, or if we acquire larger customers, how do we scale?”  And the two biggest challenges are (a) finding the talent on-time, and (b) managing the budget. I’ve seen a trend lately among some savvy tech CEOs and recent clients of TeamFound …

Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 2 – Remote team models

In my last post, I discussed setting up a remote software development team as a pragmatic solution for resolving local technology talent constraints, and gaining budget flexibility. If your business is struggling with hiring developers or you are looking for more flexibility in managing budget and resources, then this topic will interest you.  In this article, I outline some distributed team models that …

Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 1 – Introduction

Software development talent shortage is a reality most tech leaders grapple with. The Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey of 2016 reports that 65% of CIOs say skills shortage is holding their projects back. 89% of CIO’s are concerned about talent retention, and nearly nine in ten IT leaders (89%) have ‘some’ or ‘great’ concern about holding onto their best …

2016 Romania Software & IT Industry Report

Over the last 15 years, Romania has achieved and maintained a lead position as one of the main outsourcing countries of not only Eastern Europe, but also the world, being a preference for many multinational companies in terms of project relocation and department setting in the region. With a strategic position within Europe and human capital with high potential, Romania …

Team ENTy of Romania is Microsoft Imagine Cup Champion 2016

Team ENTy of Romania was crowned 2016 Imagine Cup World Champions, Microsoft’s global technology competition held at Seattle, Washington. They used sensor fusion to detect and monitor if a patient is having balance and posture problems, visualized via an Azure cloud service in real-time. Normally it would take doctors months to see and diagnose related health issues. The event featured …

Why distributed teams are a strategic advantage to technology companies

Software development teams who strengthen their work processes to enable remote developers offer their companies distinct advantages: New recruitment is focused on talent and fit, rather than an applicant’s geography. Leads can build teams more quickly. Onboarding team members is faster and more efficient, as a result of shifting from centralized dependencies to a de-centralized structured process. Executives gain the flexibility to utilize outsourced contractors, local or offshore, because there’s …

What we can learn about remote engineering from Zapier

You can hire the right people, even if they don’t live where you live.  Zapier publishes a guide to Remote Work, that is one of the most in-depth sources of honest information on remote working that I have found on the web. A must-read for development managers.  I’ve highlighted some important take-aways: A focus on process “Process, at a small …

Robot Battle Competition, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I was invited by a Test Engineering Consultant and friend to attend a robot battle competition at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  I had never been to such a competition so I didn’t know what to expect.  What an amazing experience! I found myself in a lecture hall packed with students, not to mention a few recruiters from Bosch …

3 Characteristics of highly effective software outsourcing partners

In our experience, there are three key characteristics of highly effective software outsourcing providers: 1. Marketplace The provider is located in a region with availability of talent, cultural similarities (to its customers), strong communication skills (fluency in customer’s language), and a strong education system. Sometimes only two of these four criteria are available. But then the challenges are greater. We …