Nearshoring teams for e-Commerce development

Nearshoring development teams may be the answer to finding the right talent.

Founders of Start-ups and CEOs of established businesses have and continue to get help from me to set up nearshore development teams.
Businesses people take this option for several reasons:
They are having difficulty in finding talented developers. This is a problem faced by businesses throughout mainland Europe, the UK and Scandinavia.
They have had problems with software development in the past and need a partner who can advise and set up a team to deliver on their business needs.

I would like to share a few tips on what you should think about when considering a nearshore team.

What should be in place before you start a Nearshoring partnership?

Make sure that your internal team is prepared for a Nearshoring partnership. Working with Nearshoring brings different dynamics that will affect your business, normally in a positive way if it is done properly. It is important to have the right people involved to ensure that the process works.

Get buy-in from senior management & influential stakeholders

Once senior management & influential stakeholders have bought into the idea, the planning can begin.

Appoint a senior person to lead the initiative

Appoint a senior person who has the presence, authority and experience to put in place the processes and structure for Nearshoring.

How should you engage with Nearshore teams?

Collocation early on

Working together, having face to face meetings and taking time to get to know one another is a great way to improve communication and as a result work more effectively. Set up a planned schedule to work from each other’s offices for a week or two at a time and at regular intervals. When you are together in one office, organize an area or room where the team can work

Getting together and understanding each other’s culture is the key to successful outsourcing.

Clear roles and responsibilities:

Establish clear roles and responsibilities at the beginning of the relationship, then tailor them as needed as the partnership develops.

Communication strategy.

An effective communication strategy is essential, keep it as simple as possible and make sure that you tailor the strategy to suit the people involved.

Understanding and implementing the right processes

Good working processes are essential to any form of software development. Poor processes will destroy a nearshoring partnership.

Share the interesting work.

When you have an in-house team and a Nearshore team make sure you share the work fairly. People are motivated when they know that they are being treated on equal terms and getting a fair share of the more interesting development assignments. The best benefits come when Nearshoring teams are considered an integral part of the home team.


Nearshoring is a great way to solve capacity constraints, allow your team to focus on the core business and reduce costs.

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