Tip 4: Low Cost per Hour ($38/hour+)
Because developers are in high demand in the U.S., costs are at an all-time high. Maintaining a nearshore team will keep an organization’s costs significantly lower. For example, a DevOps engineer can make up to $91k in the U.S. whereas the average in Mexico for someone in this role is $44k. In addition, a survey by Glassdoor found that the average salary of a web developer in the U.S. nationwide was $79k plus additional benefits compared to Mexico that makes $23k per year. This will allow organizations to expand their goals with development projects while staying within a budget.
At Aptude, we maintain affordable per-hour costs that always considers our clients in mind. When our clients need to ramp up staffing, we work to make it happen quickly. And when they need to ramp down, we don’t hold them hostage. We transfer the resources to another project to save costs, while retaining project knowledge in our Data Bank so clients can pick back up whenever needed.
Tip 5: Strong Technical Talent
The quality of technical talent is key. Mexico is home to hundreds of thousands of highly trained engineers and technicians who are annually being trained in best coding practices and modern architectures. This richness of developer talent is why we were able to develop a Python Center of Excellence so quickly.
As a client, it’s critical to consider your nearshore team’s background and training to understand how they could contribute to the organization. Strong technical talent means being innovative and being able to build code and strategies that are agile across the organization that are really invaluable.
Many developers who have strong tech talent owe it to practicing agile methodologies- it creates a culture around teamwork communicating with different teams and creating better and more sustainable code. The struggle is that agile practices don’t always align with management’s scope or schedule. Agile is all about quality first, and that’s why we adopt agile methodologies where possible on all our development projects
Tip 6: Secure intellectual property
This is a continued issue that needs to be addressed for organizations that outsource their development teams. Having a nearshore team will minimize the risks that are associated with outsourced development teams when it comes to protecting intellectual property. In some countries, intellectual property laws aren’t as strong as they are in the U.S or other nearshore countries. Federal legislation and international trade agreements makes Mexico a favored location for creating intellectual property. Making sure your development team signs non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements are other best practices to implement for your nearshore team. You definitely want a team of developers you can trust as they have access to so much of the organization’s property.
At Aptude, we take security seriously. All our project information is controlled by the Project Lead and stored in a secure location in our Data Bank, rather than in random places on developer machines.
Tip 7: Increase Cultural Engagement
With a nearshore team like Aptude’s in Mexico City, you’ll find that your development team is more culturally aware and has been exposed to Western culture more than an outsourced team that is based in an Eastern country, for example. Cultural differences may also lead to operational differences when it comes to decision-making and could mean delays- and time is money. The relationship-building with a nearshore team is more likely to be successful and it’s something that you want to have when that team is helping the organization meet critical business goals.
Tip 8: Setting Goals and Realistic Expectations
Successful developers have clear goals and understand what’s expected of them for each project they’ve taken on. Larger projects mean larger sprints that need to have clear deliverables. If a developer doesn’t complete a project as intended, it’s likely that goals weren’t clear from the start. Again, communication is key and it has to be clear!
Be sure to outline roles and responsibilities with each sprint to set them up for success. Taking advantage of available tools as previously mentioned will only help communicate those expectations for each developer on the team.
If you use Aptude as your nearshore development firm, expect to be able to frankly and openly discuss tasks, goals, and expectations at least once a month, if not daily or weekly. Your success is our success, so each project lead will work with you according to your desired cadence.
By following these best practices with your nearshore team and making sure they have and maintain these qualities, you can better stack the deck in favor of launching successful development projects moving forward. Even better, you’ll do it without having to acquire more risk than necessary.