Remote Software Development: Getting the Job Done

29 Apr 2020 | 6 min read

If you are a company CEO or are in charge of managing the work of others, you surely know what remote work is. It can look completely different depending on the specific company or profession. More often than not though, remote work is something that should benefit both the employer and employee. It should never be a win or lose situation.

The Remote Work Era

In the case of the IT department, remote work is far more common than elsewhere. There’s almost no limit to who can work remotely. Whether you’re working in QA, as a developer, UX and UI designer, or a Product Owner, you just need a computer and Internet access. That’s basically all it takes for you to work efficiently and communicate with others. 

Lately, the online work process has become a solid foundation for our everyday chores and activities. I would like to give you some insight into the experiences of working remotely as a frontend developer. It might be surprising to learn how little impact it has on my team’s performance.

The Daily Routine of a Software Developer

Firstly, let’s take a closer look at a developer’s daily routine. When I’m not working remotely, I usually arrive at the office and start off my day by continuing the work I’ve left from the day before. As soon as I’m sure that I’ve picked the highest priority task I start my work.

In the meantime, we have our daily project meetings. During these, we discuss what we’ve done, what problems we faced, and what still needs to be done. There are also days when something simply pops up. I might need to consult a matter with another project member or talk to the tester about a bug they found. 

All of our development teams are working in the Agile project approach, using the Scrum methodology. That method allows for smooth communication between all the team members and the client, faster development and problem-solving.

Remote Software Development: What Changes

The beauty of working in a Scrum methodology lays in its flexibility. Thanks to the smooth communication process and clear task distribution, all of my weekly tasks can easily be done at home. Weekly planning meetings (sometimes held with the client present) help us decide on priorities and daily standups help ensure there are no delays in the process.

One of our key values is transparency, that’s why all of the project’s documentation is kept in Jira and Confluence, where our client can check and review it at any time. We also use Timesheets – an app helping us track the time spent on each project and manage multidisciplinary teams. 

Although me and my team members don’t see each other face-to-face that much anymore, all of us still attend our daily meetings – all of them held through video chat. Together with the Project Manager, we make sure we’re up to date and focused on our tasks. A huge part of the whole process is also communication with the client. That’s why they are always welcome to join us for our weekly meetings and make sure we are on the same page.

Remote Software Development: Common Concerns

Potential clients might often be cautious if they know a company is promoting remote work. What they don’t always realise is the only impact it might have on their project is a positive one. The process of creating a product reliably, fast and efficiently has been studied and improved almost as many times as there has been a product to work on. 

In some cases, remote work can exponentially accelerate the project delivery date. At Miquido, we worked hard to set up a standard delivery time. As soon as we get your brief, it can take as little as 2 weeks to deliver the prototype of your app and 3 months to create an MVP.

How to Choose Wisely When It Comes to Remote Software Development

Let’s say you’re a CEO, and you already have a working product. As your brand grows, you need to build additional features that revolve around very specific technology that your team doesn’t have experience in. So you decide to hire an outside company that does it for you. 

Now, imagine that your newly hired team is from a company that follows the principle of not allowing remote work. They will have no idea about how to properly set up their environments to work with your continuous delivery or integration patterns, how to securely retrieve any kind of data that you might want to pass them in order for them to deliver your feature, and so on.

If I wanted to sum this example up with a golden thought, it would be this one: remote work creates opportunities and extends the flexibility of one’s team. And in today’s world, flexibility and transparency are what you wanna look for when it comes to software development. 

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