Setting up a nearshore development team can be a life-saver when trying to hire experienced software engineers locally. Amsterdam Standard helps growing tech companies in the Netherlands and other European countries to build or extend their development team using the nearshore development team model. 

What is a nearshore development team?

A nearshore development team is a team of software developers, engineers, and other related technology specialists gathered together to work for your company or project but located in a nearby country. 

Nearshore development teams practice is one of the ways of Nearshoring.

Nearshoring is an outsourcing model when a third-party company provides specific services from another geographic location, which is relatively close to the company’s area. 

Nearshore software development means that you transfer software development or specific tasks to companies located in geographical proximity to your country. With nearshore development team practice, you have minimal time difference and no communication barriers with specialists.

Benefits of nearshoring software development

  • Nearshoring enables you to focus on your core business. Nearshoring allows businesses to hand over the reins to experts in this area. Outsourcing software development tasks to a trustworthy company and dedicated specialists gives companies and entrepreneurs a chance to focus on what they do best - building their brand and business and move on to providing higher value-added services.

  • Nearshoring helps to adjust to changing environments. Hiring a nearshore development team allows growing companies to bring in additional resources when necessary. Nearshore teams are an excellent option to help you scale on-demand in case of staff shortages. 

  • Nearshoring reduces labour and hiring costs. In most cases, it is far more feasible to work with a nearshore team rather than building a development team of your own. Firstly, it reduces software development costs; secondly, nearshoring cuts the recruitment process’s expenses. Finally, nearshore development teams deliver high-quality, ready-to-scale, and future-proof digital products that will save costs on maintenance and further development. 

  •  Nearshoring improves the quality of your product and extends expertise. With nearshoring, you can hire specialists that can be hard to find locally—especially considering a price-quality relation. In addition to software developers, nearshore companies may offer you to hire other specialists (project managers, product owners, quality assurance engineers, etc.). Having these specialists as an extension of your team helps improve the project’s workflow and provide continuous delivery. 
  • Nearshoring enables starting new projects quickly. In most cases, nearshoring parties have the resources to start a project right away. They also take all the HR and administrative tasks out of your hands to let you concentrate on the important stuff. Handling the same project in-house might involve taking weeks or months to hire the right people, train them, and provide the support they need. 

Steps of getting a nearshore development team

The process of building a nearshore development team might vary in different companies. However, this process requires a few mandatory steps for the success of the procedure and good further collaboration. We will describe the process of getting a nearshore team in the example of a partnership with our company - Amsterdam Standard. 

Hiring the team for your project consists of 6 simple steps:

1.Your needs

First, we try to get a good understanding of your needs for software development. When you have an existing codebase and product, the first step is to plan a Technical Discovery call. In this step, we are getting a clear picture of your goals and needs, based on which we can introduce the developer with the right skills or the whole team to you.

2. Introduction

The introduction process always starts with a call with the selected (senior) developer. Again we go over your needs, and we identify if there is a mutual click between you and the developer. Without that, we continue our search through our in-house developers.

3. Let’s meet

Once we have this match, we sign the contracts and usually start a trial period of +- 10 weeks. Building a good understanding of your product and business and gaining mutual trust is crucial for successful cooperation. Our development teams are the most effective when they feel part of your company.

4. Clear arrangements

Before the day-to-day work starts, we make apparent arrangements about the project management and communication expectations. We set up the daily video calls in your schedule, plan the demo’s, planning, and evaluation. Jira or another ticket system will be configured, and the repositories will be shared. When everything is set up, you have complete insight into all daily operations.

5. We help you out more

Once the process is up and running and you feel that you have a grip on the new situation, we will discuss your further needs and see where we, as Amsterdam Standard, can help you out more. Our additional UX, DevOps, PM training, or frontend services might be interesting for you. Or we can discuss scaling up your backend or app development team even further. Our office in Amsterdam is in close contact with you during the whole process.

6. We take care

Amsterdam Standard fully manages the software developer or team. We also provide custom software development or app development. Our clients provide tasks. We do the rest. That means we take care of the full HR process. We do our utmost to provide the best possible work environment. Still, nothing is more important than a challenging, technically interesting, and well-managed project to work on; that keeps the team motivated. So whenever we feel that something has to improve on that side, we are transparent about it and proactively approach our clients to see how we can improve the situation.

Contact us if you have any questions or if you require a nearshore development team for your project. 

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