Virtual Team Launch Kit Released!

The first step in ensuring a successful high-performing virtual team is recognizing that virtual teams function differently than co-located teams. Eight months ago we launched a remote software development team for a client in Baltimore, MD.  We invited two team members from Eastern Europe to attend a 1-week orientation. TeamFound was on-site for the first two days to administer team …

The importance of setting roles and expectations in distributed teams

Team members are more willing to trust and cooperate with each other when they know what to expect from each other, especially in distributed teams where personal contact is limited.  Each team member should understand his or her role and responsibilities, as well as those of his or her teammates.  This is especially important between team leads in a client/contractor …

Planning processes and workflows for a dispersed team

Process is usually not a top-priority when a small team is co-located. Teams often get by with little to no process and no documented workflows.  If co-located teams take-on virtual team members, and do not make the necessary effort to build process infrastructure, they will experience frustrations and loss of performance.  Therefore, one of the most important planning initiatives for …

The Story of TeamFound

“What in the world am I doing here!” was my first thought as I woke up to the sounds of honking auto-rickshaws and motorcycles on the streets of Bangalore. That was 2007, when I setup my first software/BPO relationship with a small firm in Koramangala.  The mission: develop a specialized data processing application & setup an operations team.  Today this …

Sizing internal development teams in Outsourcing

When implementing staff augmentation outsourcing, what are the key considerations in sizing your internal team? First some clarifications: By staff augmentation, I am referring to a long-term contracting relationship where the provider supplies labor and manages the environment, recruitment, training. I am not referring to outsourced developers working on-site, which may be a transitional phase to allow the client to …

Brazil, Romania, and Ukraine score high in Imagine Cup 2012

Brazilian, Romanian, and Ukrainian students scored top positions in the Microsoft sponsored Imagine Cup 2012 event held in Sydney, Australia earlier this month. The Imagine Cup event is a world-wide student event competition. Since 2003 358,000 students have participated representing 183 countries.  The theme this year was “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.” There were 7 …

Romanian IT Primer at TechCrunch

In the TechCrunch article With A Talent War In The Valley, Perhaps Romania Has The Answers, Maria Constantinescu makes some generalizations about the culture, technical skills, and value of Romanian developers. The article is worth reading for those talent mongers unfamiliar with Romania as an IT outsourcing destination. Taking a different angle on “The Valley”, I’ve often noted to my …

eBook on Romania Software Outsourcing

I am pleased to announce the release of TeamFound’s new ebook: [ebook no longer available] We traveled to Romania numerous times, researched 100+ companies, and interviewed 20+ Romanian software providers.  The result: 8 highly recommended IT/Software providers with extensive profiles in our new 62-page ebook. This ebook will reduce your risk and save you weeks of research and travel time …

Quick Guide to Romania IT and Software Industry

Romania is one of the most attractive markets in Europe for technology investment and outsourcing, with a highly skilled and diversified workforce, competitive prices, and a stimulating business environment. Romania’s IT sector has seen continuous growth over the past decade, despite political turbulence and the economic crisis, which is a good indicator of its driving force. Known for their broad …

Top-2 impressions of Google I/O 2011

I was fortunate again this year to attend Google I/O, Google’s premier developer conference (registrations were sold out one-hour after they opened).  I’ve been attending for the past 3-years, and always find it extraordinarily useful, technically inspiring and fun. There are two new technical developments that I suggest enterprising companies followup on: Google’s NFC (Near Field Communication) API for Android.  …