If you are looking to find an expert software development team for your next project, Ekipa.co has you covered. Read our interview to learn more about how it works.
1. Q: Tell us about your site Ekipa.co. What sorts of services do you offer?
A: Ekipa.co is the global marketplace for software teams. You can get your software built by expert teams from all over the world. Imagine you want to build a custom CRM tool for your enterprise or a webshop. You use your network or google to find a reliable software provider. You end up with a stadium full of people shouting ‘we are the leading software provider from xxx’. Ekipa.co tells you exactly whom to pick. All our teams are vetted and work within a company, no freelancers. Most teams are offshore or nearshore, but you can also find local teams nearby. Ekipa.co also provides the support to manage the remote team by means of an Ekipa expert that will assist you during your projects. This instruction video explains in more detail how Ekipa works.
2. Q: Your site offers a free ebook on “How to Get Prepared for Managing A Remote Team”. Can you give us a brief preview on what readers can expect to learn?
A: The book has been written by six people, all with extensive experience managing teams nearshore or offshore. Each expert has written an article based on his personal experience, so the book gives you several different angles on managing remote teams. The books (there are 6 books on managing remote teams in total) are aimed at sharing the lessons learned so others don’t need to make the same mistakes. In the past 10 years, I have learned that people make the same mistakes when they outsource software development to people in another country. In this specific book, we cover the following topics:
- How to get started with offshoring? > this is my own article (Hugo Messer) and I discuss the fundamentals of offshoring (which country to choose, what partner, business case)
- Shall I setup my own office or not? Patrick van Dun describes the considerations many entrepreneurs have on opening your own remote office or partnering up with another established company
- How to select the right people? Zhenya Rozinskiy has managed many teams in Eastern Europe and believes that success comes from selecting the right people in your remote team (so do I actually). He gives some ideas on how to go about selecting.
- Making offshore collaborations work. Amanda Crouch is a management consultant and looks at offshoring from a collaborations point of view. How to build a true partnership that brings rewards.
- The virtual team room. Ove Holmberg has extensive experience managing offshore and nearshore teams and has a specific setup with tools and infrastructure to create a strong basis for remote collaboration.
- How to prepare your onshore team for an offshore project with India. Andreas Brilling work for Cap Gemini and looks at a bigger project setup, using waterfall with an Indian team.
3. Q: Many people who have experienced working with remote teams often describe their frustration with locating qualified providers. Does your organization have a vetting process?
A: Yes that’s exactly the pain we take away. Providers can register for free on our platform. With the free registration, they create team profiles and they can invite their customers for reviews. The customer can give a five star rating on quality, communication, support and budget plus on process maturity. Providers can then choose to get vetted by Ekipa on top of the customer reviews. To get vetted, they have to become a member (paid subscription). We’ll then verify the customer reviews and do further background checks.
4. Q: When one submits projects through your site, is there any documentation in place to ensure that their intellectual property is protected?
A: The initial submission would be only to give us a rough idea of the project or requirements. One of the Ekipa experts will then get in touch with you to discuss the details. If required, we can sign an NDA at that stage. Once the team is selected, there’s an elaborate agreement which protects customers’ intellectual property (including an NDA; the source code is always property of the customer).
5. Q: As the founder of Ekipa, what are some tips on how to choose the right team for a project?
A: First of all, it’s better to spend time wondering what team (what people!) will work on your project as opposed to questions like ‘which country’ or even ‘which company’. It’s very important that a team has worked together on similar software before. With a team that has worked for a customer in your industry for the past 2 years, you’ll be up and running fast and your chances of a positive outcome are far better. Ekipa provides you with this insight of ‘teams’. If you go it alone, I think it’s important to figure out if a company has teams that worked for companies like yours in similar projects and technologies. Then to get some references of those companies, followe by an on premise visit. You want to meet the people you’re working with.