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AR research recently showed that 80% of the final product quality and 70% of the product entire life-cycle cost are determined in the product design phase. A good product manager has to combine his or her expertise in marketing and project administration with design and psychology skills. These rare experts are the core of YouTeam as well as your link to the development team we set up for your project.

Before you decide to go for outsourced software product development, weigh all risks

Having discussed outsourcing issues and challenges with tech startup founders we found out that there are different attitudes towards it, namely it is often mixed with the lack of trust to both software development agencies and freelancers. As result, we identified seven common problems associated with outsourced product development services:

  • 1. To select the most appropriate vendor with a decent expertise in the technical needs of your product.
  • 2. To undertake due-diligence on the outsourced product development companies independently and easily.
  • 3. To verify the technical level of expertise of an individual engineer.
  • 4. Because outsourcing companies provide a very brief information about their specialists who will be assigned to your project, there is a well-known information asymmetry.
  • 5. Before actual project will be started and the team will be assembled, it can take several months in not more.
  • 6. Clients expect more flexible engagement models when working with a platform solution.
  • 7. If you completed the whole list, you’ll realise that independent escrow services usually are not available at outsourcing software companies.

How to screen and pre-vet an offshore development company: a due-diligence checklist

Product Managers with significant experience are well placed to assist in digital product development services by helping judge whether the design of a particular product has matured enough before commencing outsourced software product development on an MVP.

A lean startup has certain characteristics that demand a specific approach to User Experience Engineering (UX):

  • Startups innovate in a context of uncertainty. There's insufficient evidence to confidently answer any number of questions when inventing a new product: Will people want this kind of product? Will people buy it? What should it look like? What features should it have? And so on.
  • Because of this uncertainty, progress is measured by what you have learned through experiments. The goal is always to act on learning, thereby finding product success through repeated cycles of "build-measure-learn".
  • Outsourced product development sounds fake but okay? Previously, we shared exactly the same view. However, YouTeam clients proved the opposite. To see why we believe product development can be and sometimes even should be outsourced check out the interview with IT Project Manager at Rademade about ‘How they help Product Owners prepare for developing their first release: the Minimum Viable Product’.
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