A strong team is the backbone of every successful company – whether it be app design or development.
Today, physical boundaries no longer play a role when building a great company. Many creatives partner up with freelancers who reside in entirely different countries to form powerful teams. The shift in team-building can present it’s own unique set of challenges for every company but there are a few things to keep in mind that will make the process much smoother. Here are 3 focus points that help improve working with external teams.
1.BUILD TRUST FROM THE START
Build trust so that both teams can focus on their own strengths. Many times, time and energy is wasted on overlapping work. You should show you are responsible and responsive from the beginning. It is very difficult and stressful to deal with someone you cannot trust or someone who takes forever to respond to e-mails and tasks especially when approaching a deadline.
2. BUILD A COMMUNICATION PROCESS THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Since you will be working in different time zones, it is very important to stay on top of communication and deadlines that need to be met. The more you stay on top of the communication amongst the team, the more trust you will build. Let team members know your availability, set a schedule or become readily and easily accessible at all times. Establish how frequently you will be communicating. Schedule calls to review the project (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) depending on the length of the project.
3. TECHNOLOGY BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS
Technology plays a major role for long-distance teams and it is something that cannot be overlooked. Simple check-ins, updating tasks and sharing ideas on design is a good way to use technology to break down the physical boundaries international teams have. Platforms should be chothat will allow you to smoothly communicate and interact with your team. At BKLYN, we use SLACK and SKYPE for communication with our international team-mates, TEAMWORK or JIRA for managing projects, milestones and tasks, and lastly, INVISION for sharing designs.
In conclusion, keeping the list above in mind, your international/foreign team will be able to work in pleasure and ease. Communication is always key so if you establish a strong foundation and strong communication from the get-go, your foreign team should have no problem in completing deadlines!