Imagine an ambitious project that is destined to rock the world, well, at least a small part of it. And until you hold on and start asking about the price, there’s actually a larger hurdle to get it going — management. And I’m not talking about its basic level, but the whole circle of things to be handled when the employees aren’t physically in the same place, in other words, an international project.
Even countries with a large workforce capacity like the US, India, or Ukraine can still lack candidates for the crucial positions, so hiring abroad may become the only choice. Accepting this fact will save a lot of time, let alone nerves, given how stressful the onboarding can be.
For certain, each developer is a person with certain beliefs and views on duties, but I will not touch on the cultural division since I believe that IT is the separate nation that shares the same values. So, I expect roughly the same work ethic and decency level, therefore treating them equally and expecting the same outcome based on their qualifications.
After you deal with it, I would like to share my personal experience and the experience of the company I work for, X1 Group, in handling such projects and smoothing the edges to make it a seamless affair. Regardless of the scale, you can break it down into such categories as:
In a paid Slack version, you can mold a unit that will trigger certain actions and sort people/users on their tags so that people from certain locations, duties, and qualifications will be sorted and accessed via one simple command. In case there are no tags assigned to a user, the admin might fix that immediately, as you can’t afford the luxury of having a bunch of developers with no roles.
In case you use a Discord app (there were such occasions in my practice), there can be a bot that will work as a DJ and react to users’ requests by putting their songs into the playlist queue if you want to create an informal mood.
Also, don’t hesitate to use the integrated programs that will greatly improve the workflow: for example, Slack has integration with Google Docs/Hangouts/Drive, Trello, Github that allows you to perform all the activities in a single app.Although I have advised not to take the national work ethic into consideration, there is still a need to adjust the overall schedule to the general workflow. National holidays, business, labor, and personal security laws can still influence the teams’ attendance and the way they share data and personal info. Take note that humor may also cause a misunderstanding if the moral boundaries are not on the same level between the participants. Source: Maria Braznykova at medium.com