Software development offshoring has become the new normal. Thousands of prosperous IT companies around the globe offer top-notch development expertise, great portfolios, and hundreds of reviews from delighted (and sometimes not) clients. And once you’ve decided to dive into this vast ocean of offshore opportunities, you must learn that the biggest advantages of outsourcing might turn into a fatal catastrophe for your product unless you are not aware of the challenges of working in different time zones.
Having been successfully cooperating with clients from different parts of the planet, we’ve compiled a six-pointer instruction on how to overcome time zone differences with a software contractor.
#1 Visualizing the time difference
Let’s imagine, you stay in Chicago, IL and the team of developers is from Ukraine. Both of you have a 9-to-5 working day but there is 8 hours difference between you. The task gets more complicated if you have two or more teams outsourcing for you in different parts of the world. The solution is to find “a window” when you can hold regular meetings with your partners. If you don’t want to hang several clocks on your office walls and put numerous stickers with reminders about the meeting time, just visualize it entering a date and location in the World clock meeting planner, and it will mark working hours green in the chart. Also, in case of urgent issues to consult with your vendor, you can use Everytimezone and 24timezones to check what time it is in their country.