OE is a key differentiator among technology providers

Five years ago, my conversations with tech executives were mostly about augmenting and scaling their engineering teams with remote developers. We’re still talking about that. But now we’re talking about outsourcing for new product development, independent R&D, as well as advanced 3rd platform tech. It’s an interesting shift, coming from two directions. First the demandContinue reading “OE is a key differentiator among technology providers”

Solutions to the Top 3 Resourcing Problems CEO’s Face in R&D

Most CEO’s of technology companies experience three major pain points in R&D: Traditional resourcing strategies alone, involving HR efforts and local centralized teams, may not suffice to address these challenges. In the past 10-years I’ve helped technology companies adopt alternative resourcing solutions that enabled them to break free from local hiring constraints, reduce their budgetContinue reading “Solutions to the Top 3 Resourcing Problems CEO’s Face in R&D”

500 Developers – A Savvy Way to Scale Your Engineering Team

On many tech business leaders’ minds is the question, “If we land these two customers at the same time, or if we acquire larger customers, how do we scale?”  And the two biggest challenges are (a) finding the talent on-time, and (b) managing the budget. I’ve seen a trend lately among some savvy tech CEOsContinue reading “500 Developers – A Savvy Way to Scale Your Engineering Team”

Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 2 – Remote team models

In my last post, I discussed setting up a remote software development team as a pragmatic solution for resolving local technology talent constraints, and gaining budget flexibility. If your business is struggling with hiring developers or you are looking for more flexibility in managing budget and resources, then this topic will interest you.  In this article, IContinue reading “Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 2 – Remote team models”

Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 1 – Introduction

Software development talent shortage is a reality most tech leaders grapple with. The Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey of 2016 reports that 65% of CIOs say skills shortage is holding their projects back. 89% of CIO’s are concerned about talent retention, and nearly nine in ten IT leaders (89%) have ‘some’ or ‘great’ concernContinue reading “Alternative talent strategies in software development – part 1 – Introduction”

2016 Romania Software & IT Industry Report

Over the last 15 years, Romania has achieved and maintained a lead position as one of the main outsourcing countries of not only Eastern Europe, but also the world, being a preference for many multinational companies in terms of project relocation and department setting in the region. With a strategic position within Europe and humanContinue reading “2016 Romania Software & IT Industry Report”

Guide for Leads of Distributed Teams

About This Guide Pictured above is Ron Herman running a “How to Manage Remote Teams” workshop for 16 engineering leads and managers. Managing distributed developers is different than managing a co-located team. Recognizing this is the first step towards making the enterprise successful. At TeamFound we’ve worked with many software development teams, often teams whoContinue reading “Guide for Leads of Distributed Teams”

Team ENTy of Romania is Microsoft Imagine Cup Champion 2016

Team ENTy of Romania was crowned 2016 Imagine Cup World Champions, Microsoft’s global technology competition held at Seattle, Washington. They used sensor fusion to detect and monitor if a patient is having balance and posture problems, visualized via an Azure cloud service in real-time. Normally it would take doctors months to see and diagnose relatedContinue reading “Team ENTy of Romania is Microsoft Imagine Cup Champion 2016”

Why distributed teams are a strategic advantage to technology companies

Software development teams who strengthen their work processes to enable remote developers offer their companies distinct advantages: Companies such as Automattic, makers of WordPress, Zapier, Basecamp, Help Scout, WooThemes, GitHub, Treehouse, to name a few, have written extensively about their remote teams, some with a central office, others without. Software engineering being highly structured with patterns, practices, and mature processes isContinue reading “Why distributed teams are a strategic advantage to technology companies”

What we can learn about remote engineering from Zapier

You can hire the right people, even if they don’t live where you live.  Zapier publishes a guide to Remote Work, that is one of the most in-depth sources of honest information on remote working that I have found on the web. A must-read for development managers.  I’ve highlighted some important take-aways: A focus onContinue reading “What we can learn about remote engineering from Zapier”