IT-teams - both small and big ones - are on the front-edge of all new trends.
Telecommuting, virtual workspaces, collaborating over the seas and for the sake of particular gigs - we’ve all already been there. Let’s look closer what’s that like - to a be a developer in a nowadays conditions.
First of all, the physical borders are mending in the blink of an eye. A client wants the team overseas to perform his project? Not a problem at all. Drupal teams definitely don’t mind delivering remote services or go distributed. Many teams either are distributed or serve clients wherever they are. Must say it’s a win-win situation. The company can have a fascinating experience and a client can have the best team ever.
Secondly, the situation above applies to a company itself. Sometimes it can allow itself not to reside in one workspace as long as the members can do tasks properly even at another location. That’s why we see so many Drupal teams employing remote developers.
Thirdly, tools of remote work are becoming highly popular even among non-distributed companies. Such tools as Skype, BaseCamp, Podio, Slack, Google Hangouts, at least Google Drive and much more help organizing a virtual workspace.
Fourthly, the competition is wild. The developer must be flexible enough to remain among fellow devs. The customer should be ready to step up and find the developer outside local time and geographical zone.
To sum it up, what’s so special about working with a remote team from the client’s side?
The remote developers tend to adjust their time schedule to yours, not the other way round. Because it’s the way it’s being done in remote teams. Thus, you can take our word for it: you won’t be awaiting the check-out talk late at night because your developer resides in the different timezone.
More disciplined employees
The researchers say that remote and telecommuting workers are way more efficient at work.
The same can be applied to the whole teams like ours. Since we don’t have to commute, there’re no working space changes and following efficiency decreases.
Always in touch
The remote developer actively uses Slack, BaseCamp, Skype and other tools mentioned.
Make sure they track each your activity and are ready to get in touch.
No extra payments
No commutes mean no extra money spent. A win-win situation if you want a grand product still within a reasonable budget.
You can have the best developers
Wherever they are.
How do you know if the work with remote team suits you? Go for it if:
- You put quality first. Local doesn’t always stand for “the best match for your project”. If you have a specific project, for instance, you run your website on particular CMS, you’d better find a team that knows that CMS thoroughly.
- You want to avoid extra expenses. You don’t have to commute to the place of meeting, so the travel expenses don’t boost your project budget. Besides, almost all means of communication are free of charge. Of course, you can pay, for example, for all chats archive in Slack, but it seems like you got other issues to spend money on.
- Every minute counts. Remote collaboration is all about scheduling and being precise. You have to plan the workflow, the main milestones’ checkpoints, the time of chat so that doesn’t intervene in the other processes.
There’re few exceptions when you might prefer local developer: poor internet access or you as a client may fancy face-to-face communication better. And, of course, such routine as receiving website supports calls, fixing minor bugs requires a local developer.
Nevertheless, the remote work model appears to be the most competitive and flexible one. You are to see how rewarding that workflow is after a few first tasks so go remote and find a team that can implement all of your ideas.