Why outsourcing might be better than direct hiring? :)

Increasing importance of the IT industry for business development has initiated a growing trend of outsourcing IT processes. Investing in an in-house team of qualified employees usually becomes unprofitable for companies. Though cost-effectiveness is a considerable advantage of outsourcing over in-house, it’s not the single benefit. Based on our experience on the market, we share with thoughts on the benefits of IT outsourcing.

High quality

The IT industry is so demanding for its specialists, that they must be highly competent and have a constant access to the latest knowledge. Considering IT outsourcing, you may rest assured that software houses employ the best. That is due to the high quality services they provide. Software houses have extensive teams that are run by experienced project leaders. You shouldn’t worry about punctuality as projects are carried out within the prescribed time. In case of an in-house solution, you cannot always be so confident in it.

Saving costs

What is usually associated with the creating process of your own IT in-house team is the need to invest in a qualified employee. Specialist on the market are of high demand, so the cost of hiring a professional worker has recently dramatically increased. In addition, it is necessary to ensure their development. If the purchase of appropriate equipment is to be added, we can see that the value of acquiring a specialist soars quite high. And this is not the end. One employee is usually not enough. As a rule, much larger team is required to implement IT projects.

Comfort

Ordering specific IT projects to an external company is simply a convenient thing to do. You can focus on other tasks and entrust IT cases to the specialists. When you are running your own in-house team, you have to control all processes in person. In case of cooperating with software house all the questions are answered and solved without any problems. It should be remembered that creating your own in-house team requires time commitment of HR departments, which do not always have the appropriate specialist base allowing them to find a really good specialist.

Minimizing the risk

Software houses are made up of experienced developers, which guarantees the effectiveness. They work on many projects on the daily basis and thanks to this the necessary experience is gained. The extensive teams of specialists can also be a guarantee of both knowledge exchange and access to the newest technology. Therefore, IT outsourcing reduces the risk of project failure to a minimum.

Short case study

Differences between IT outsourcing and in-house will be best illustrated by a simple example. If you are running a dynamically growing company, you have a need to develop your product and you will have to start development work in a relatively short time. To achieve the best effect, specialists will help you. That is why the question arises – where to find them?

Of course, you can take on the challenge of quick recruitment of developers. However, you must bear in mind that such an experienced employee is very difficult to find. And that is only the first worrying thing to know. The next is that you do not have the appropriate competence to verify their work and have control over the development of the product. In a situation like that it’s easy to make mistakes and face the risk of failure.

On the other hand, even if you have a team of developers, they are very likely to become inefficient in case you outsource further responsibilities. That’s why you’ll need more hands to work again. Also, you should take into account that IT projects are a piece of a very specific work. Sometimes solving problems requires teamwork and exchange of experiences. As you can see, problems related to the organization of a house team can be really challenging.  So why not consider outsourcing?

In this case, the whole process is much simpler. All you have to do is select a proper software house and set all the details of work. If you make the right choice of your future partner, you will not only be able to count on high quality of services, but also on substantive help. In addition, you will both save time and keep up-to-date with the development of your product.

Basically, there are more advantages to add. The pros mentioned in this article are just a few of the most important ones. Personally, I have no doubt that in the case of IT projects outsourcing is an effective solution that has recently dominated the market.

What are the main challenges in global IT project? :)

When running global IT project experience in international cooperation is required from a software house. Being able to face the most important challenges related to the successful implementation of such projects is utterly important. But how to do this? We have prepared a list of the five most crucial challenges together with the presentation of good practices that we have tested.

Defining goals

Before you start working at your project, the goals must be set appropriately. This is a key task determining the team’s work at a later stage. Goals can be complex. For example, the creation of a specific software can lead through smaller points (goals), the implementation of which will bring your team closer to completing the project. Contrary to appearances, the process is not easy at all. It is very important for the company, outsourcing the project to the selected software house, to properly determine everything and confirm with the other party. This will improve the subsequent work and reduce the risk of failure or possible discrepancies.

Team matching

This task lies on the side of the software house. After a proper examination of both project needs and customer expectations, Product Owner is responsible for completing the right team of developers. People who have experience in implementation of a similar type of projects have already worked in the international environment and, above all, have competence in the field of technology used. The completed team should be presented to the client. Thanks to this, both sides get to know each other better and increase the common sense of pursuing one goal.

Communication system

International IT projects usually have a large difference in a distance between the client and the software house. Therefore, the entire information exchange and reporting process must be carefully planned. The role of the Product Owner is to prepare an appropriate cooperation scheme, which will then be presented to the client. The Agile approach and the Scrum project management methodology will be useful here. The possible time difference should also be taken into account.

Language differences

International projects require the developers team to know English. This is a prerequisite. Without this skill communication will be significantly impeded. This could lead to unnecessary misunderstandings and delays in the project implementation. The client who decides to cooperate a specific software house should take this factor into account.

Organizational culture

The work system or approach to different values may be slightly different on both sides. Therefore, it is important to understand each other and the willingness to reach agreement and work out convenient work standards. A compromise should be sought out. Both the client and the software house must respect each other’s values related to the organizational culture and thus aim for a jointly defined goal.

You can read more about international projects here:

– https://codesthq.com/quality-in-codest-why-do-we-deny-to-some-projects/

– https://codesthq.com/why-a-great-communication-helps-us-to-grow-fast-and-go-global/

First aid for broken JavaScript dependencies :)

I would like to write about JavaScript dependencies. But let’s start from the beginning. If you are a software developer, then you probably already know, that one of your many roles is definitely not to be yet another wheel inventor. At least, not in most of the cases. World has proceeded far enough to say that today there exist packages for almost everything, making our development easier and more efficient.

This of course is not an encouragement for losing interest in other issues – every package has quite a large space to improve and evolve. However, your business goal is to bring a complete product on a plate just on time or even before it is up. Packages will help you fulfill those plans, bringing npm or yarn on the top of your best friends’ list, but be aware: any solution, as well as this one, may also bring risk. And we will try to describe it and show you a better way of getting away with it in the article below.

Let’s start with a story…

Imagine a large JavaScript project. Business requirement obligates developers to use a specific package, allowing a proper integration with another system of a client. And that is completely fine. MVP has been brought on time, next contract has been signed and development is carried on. Client asks to integrate the next part of a system, which requires your package update.

This part goes well, until tests are fired. It seems that the package contains a simple, but inconvenient bug, that has not yet been fixed in any product release and it is known that this won’t happen soon enough. You cannot just fix your node_modules directory – it should be removed out from your repository from tracking, therefore your collaborators will never know anything about your changes! Well, while you were reading this, probably you have already understood what to do – fork. But do you really need such a hammer?

Understand your problem

You must be aware, if the problem you are facing with is going to involve just you or a larger community. Sometimes, people interpret lack of certain functionality as a bug, which is not always correct. Therefore, your solution may not be accepted by a community and not included into an official repository. However, you still need it here and now. Well, let’s patch it!

According to the release notes of github repository, patch-package was released officially in May 2017. It is a powerful tool, that allows modifications inside dependency project to be installed in your node_modules directory. Some may say that this is quite a madness – firing install command your dependence manager will overwrite the changes.

Well, this is correct. However, a patch-package coexists with npm and yarn perfectly (I must admit it works slightly better with npm so far, you can read more in “Why you should use postinstall-prepare with Yarn?” section of README file) and takes full advantage of a script preparation (“script”: { “prepare”:“”}) of your package.json file. Patch-package literally creates a diff directory between your changes and the original package, stored in the patch folder of your actual project.

After running install command and downloading all dependencies, it applies that difference to the project directory, making a perfect reconstruction of your changes for all collaborators. It makes your life simpler, doesn’t it? The solution has some disadvantages as well. The patch-package cannot fix dependencies of your package or make any changes in package.json.

In this case you may use the fork solution. Also, you must consider the number of changes you are about to apply into your dependency package and whether they will grow in time. In case the will – you should think carefully when using fork, as this is a project of your own.

Don’t be selfish!

Patching is a great way to fix your dependencies without creating endless forks and generating multiple project sources. But you should always remember, that taking advantage of community should not be a one-directional. If you find a bug or feel like you can improve the package you’re using, you should always consider helping others by registering an issue or even by contributing to the project!

Top Principles For Building Great Software Product :)

No company is able to succeed, if its product is not of a right value for the potential consumers. Creating an effective product based on proper software, consistent with customer preferences, is the key to your business development.

However, this is not as easy as it may sound. Many startups in the past either collapsed or had big problems getting their target group’s interest. All this happened due to the imperfections of the product. We decided to prepare a list of the most important rules to keep in mind when you are going to create a great software product.

Use the data of your target group

Even if you are convinced that you have created a great product that will not have any problems with the sale, you should check it out. On the basis of our ten – year experience at Codest, we have noticed that customers sometimes take hasty hypotheses, which later result in failures and the need to introduce a lot of modifications. That is why a proper analysis is so important. Use the available data – for example about the behavior and preferences of the target group, and then analyze them for your users.

At first – MVP

The creation of Minimum Value Products (MVP) is a very popular solution. It is not advisable to commission developers at the very beginning of the works aimed at creating very extensive functionalities. First of all, due to the fact that not all ideas can be verified by customers positively. That’s why the idea of MVP works really well. In addition, you should add that, thanks to MVP, you will gain time efficiency and will be able to check what your clients like and what not. If you are thinking about creating a web application, read the Ruby on Rails framework analysis and check which brands have decided to use it.

Choose an effective team of developers

You should entrust the creation of an effective product to professionals. You need to know that, depending on the character of work, it can be a very time-consuming process, which is why your decision should be carefully thought through. Why is it so important? First of all because you will minimize the risk of delays and possible errors. In addition, the competent experienced team of developers will also help you in choosing the right technology.

Remember, that not only the inside of the product counts, but also its overall appearance. In this case, the role of UX designer will be helpful, as this is a person who is perfectly familiar with current market trends and knows how to create user-friendly interfaces.

Testing

Do not give up, if the initial product functionality is not as effective as you expected. In the first phase of its development, you should run as many tests as possible to help you determine weaknesses and strengths. Thanks to A/B tests, you can gain knowledge of the solutions you should abandon in the future. If it maintains constant cooperation with a team  of developers, you will be able to implement subsequent changes very quickly. This will help you match the product to the market needs as fast as possible.

Quality in Codest. Why do we deny to some projects? :)

In the previous articles you could find out, why a great communication in IT project is so important. This time, we would like to talk more about our work at Codest and present our personalized approach to a quality work, which is very crucial for us. To put it in a nutshell – it’s not quantity, but high quality that counts.

Why does the quality work matter?

Our customer’s satisfaction has always been the priority. Codest has been operating for over 10 years on the IT market and at the very beginning it was decided that our work was to stand out from other companies in terms of quality and high efficiency. Nothing has changed since then and it is only due to this approach we can prove our being the best software house that is constantly developing.

The year is coming to an end and that is why we can summarize the completed projects. Once again we have managed to provide a high level of service, reflected by the opinions of our clients and great relationships maintained. They have repeatedly appreciated our approach, emphasizing, that in the case of needs related to the development of software, we will always be their first choice.

Why do we refuse from some projects?

Every month we receive several inquiries from companies that want to cooperate with us. I would like to emphasize that we do not always agree to implement a specific project. It is related to the fact that at first we analyze the availability of our developers and only then we can confirm the readiness to cooperate with a client. We are convinced that this approach puts us in a very good light in our partners’ eyes.

We will never accept a project if our developers do not have sufficient time resources. It is because we pay much attention to their work comfort. We know perfectly well that it is a good idea to organize their working time to be as efficient and effective as possible. This approach influences directly the effects of our projects. Only then we can be sure that our work will be positively evaluated.

Grow fast with high quality

That’s the motto that guides us in Codest. From the very beginning of our activity on the IT market, we have been developing dynamically, cooperating in the meantime with companies from various industries. From startups to large corporations, we want to constantly develop and be proud of successive projects that are a success. And at this point I would like to emphasize once again that the development would not be possible, if it were not for the high quality of work that is always a priority.

Codest is characterized by an individualized approach to each client who can be sure that when we carry out a project we do this with an utmost care. You can stay assured that this approach in Codest will never change.

6 skills you need to work as a Project Manager :)

A Project Manager (PM) managing IT projects plays quite an important role and requires appropriate abilities and predispositions. Competences in team management, other people’s work and striving to achieve set goals are the daily duties of a Project Manager. We decided to choose the most important features related to the role of a PM, which should be related to a person in this position.

Tech knowledge is not necessary

A Project Manager in an IT company, contrary to appearances, does not need to have any special knowledge, such as programming skills. One must know the basic issues and be capable to  understanding of how an IT project looks like. In other words – the role of a Project Manager is to understand the processes and specifics occurring in the project, without having to delve into technical details. Such knowledge is more than enough for a good Project Manager. In case any additional technical assistance is required, one can ask a developer for it.

Communication

Communication plays one of the most important roles in the project. This is the basis for the information circulation to run smoothly. As well as it lets all the participants know exactly what their task is. Communication applies to both written and oral forms. The role of a Project Manager is a consistent transmission of information and the ease of establishing contacts. Important features of personality are openness and the ability to build relationships in a team.

Experience

The more a Project Manager has the projects completed, the more their effectiveness and knowledge increases. Having experience is important because it allows you to acquire proven practices and exclude mistakes that in the past were a challenge to the project. In this case, the ability to draw conclusions allowing you to deal with further challenges is important. In addition, attention should be paid to situations related to skillful management of the crisis. During the project, an unforeseen situation may arise, which may be a threat. Among others, the past experience will be an appropriate solution to the problem.

Authority

Leadership features are another ‘must have’ for a Project Manager. In order to manage a team, you need to have authority in their eyes and, most importantly, you must take into account their opinion. Without these capabilities a Project Manager will not be effective. Authority will also help in taking difficult decisions not all team members will agree with.

Negotiation skills

In an IT project, it is not uncommon for certain decisions to be made through negotiations. In this case such skills will be useful for a Project Manager, when one wants to put the opinion on it. They may also come in handy in case of possible conflicts. A Project Manager must take care of good relations in the team, therefore must be prepared for possible negotiations.

Motivation

At the end, the last but not the least. A Project Manager must be involved in a project and demonstrate an attitude that will be an example for the other team members. In this way it will be easier to influence other people and to motivate them to work.