If you are managing outsourced software development teams, they should use the same project management tools as you. But, if you are relying upon a software development agency to manage your project, you want to use their project management tools. Though Jira, Confluence, Slack, and Basecamp remain in popular use. A slew of other tools have entered the market like Trello, Monday, Teamwork, and Wrike, among others. The same goes for conferencing software with Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Uberconference.
Make sure that your tools work for the job, that your developers are comfortable using them – and actually do use them. Project management tools are instrumental for maintaining document and file version control. Someone slacking, “didn’t get the memo” or failed to upload theirs can end up causing a lot of duplicate effort. Include familiarity with specific project management tools in your due diligence evaluation.
To show your outsourced software development team that you are highly organized, add two extra steps. Provide them contact information for your system administrator or other authorized representative. They’ll need to set up accounts and permissions for your outsourced development team. Ask their manager to collect the names, roles and email addresses of their team members. Your system administrator can set everyone up at once.