12 August 2011

How to make an offshore programmer wildly motivated?

About Hugo Messer

Hugo Messer is a Dutch entrepreneur, distributed agile team specialist, and author. He is the founder and owner of Bridge Global, a software services provider, and ekipa.co., an agile coaching agency. He has been building and managing teams around the world for the past several years. His passion is to enable people that are spread across cultures, geography and time zones to cooperate. Whether it’s offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make global cooperation work.

3 thoughts on “How to make an offshore programmer wildly motivated?
  1. Explaining the background of a project, the reason for doing it (aka WHY) can indeed help al lot! It helps the team to develop an understanding of what the customers aims to reach, and makes them think about how the product can be used to do this.

    This is also very true with ofshoring when using Agile. As described in Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams (Jutta Eckstein), initially people should be prepared to travel to get to konow each other and use richer forms of communication to build an understanding.

    When working with people in India I have seen their drive and eagerness to develop the right systeem, providing them with the background will certainly motivate them and enable them to develop a better software system for you.

  2. Many times it’s not really possible to give the full background of the project, becaue projects are specifically split up in small tasks for the programmers not to understand the full program. One of the big problems of IT businesses that start outsourcing is making sure that their intellectual property stays safe. Not providing all background gives them the (false) security that their property is safe.

    How would you handle motivating people in that case?

  3. Offshore programming is a new way for the innovation or we can say that it is a source of new innovation to the business.So the the offshore programmer should be highly motivated.