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RE: [newtech-1] Indian Coders

From: user 7.
Sent on: Monday, February 25, 2013 11:16 AM

Hi Kimberly,


I have used a few different firms in India for various programming-related jobs. A couple of these have resulted in spectacular failures but some have worked marginally well. In general, I have learned that success with outsourcing depends largely on your abilities as a project manager. I would mention two specific items:


1. Being technical helps immensely. When I first started engaging these firms, I could not code at all and, as a result, had trouble really defining what I wanted. My suggestion would be even if you do not plan to learn programming, it may be useful to research some of the tech issues which could be related to your project. My failure example: I once asked for some basic social networking functionality and an outsourced team built a MVP using a content-management-service called PHPFox. They basically took the white-label social networking script, changed a few of the labels, and submitted it to me as an app.


2. Clearly define what you want. Spend lots of time thinking about the various use cases and implementations before you submit a project plan to a technical team. In my experience, outsourced teams will not be really proactive in identifying problems with your design, you should do your best to think thru those potential problems before they are created. My failure example: I once asked to implement some basic keyword search functionality in an app. I took for granted the fact that users will often misspell things, that sometimes they will input a different tense (drive/drove), etc. The team then built the functionality that found exact matches only. I then wasted the next few weeks trying to implement some logic that would return decent search results.


Hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes.


Good luck,



From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of K. Lane
Sent: Monday, February 25,[masked]:43 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [newtech-1] Indian Coders


Good Morning Everyone,

I'm sure this question gets asked from time-to-time: does anyone have experience using Indian programmers/coders.  I'm bootstrapping right now, have tried the "sweat equity" route to find a coder/programmer, and it hasn't really gone well.
At this point, in order to develop a minimum viable product, I'm willing to scrape up funds from somewhere and just outsource the job overseas.



Mr. Kimberly D. Lane
315 Flatbush Avenue, Ste. #523
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (917)[masked] * Fax: (718)[masked]

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