Building an MVP? Read this first.

Building an MVP? Read this first.

You have an idea. This idea is different. You want to bring it to the world. It might be a new spin on something old or perhaps something that has never been done before. If your assumption is correct, there is a market for this, a business to be made, value had. So what do you do? It takes a lot time and resources to build an entire business and you are at the very beginning. Startups fail. That is the rule; that is what they do. Startups that don’t fail are the exception to the rule. Why do most fail? There are so many reasons why, but that is another article. So let’s not fail, let’s build an impactful MVP (minimum viable product). To have a successful MVP you need to show why your idea...
7 Ways Americans can work better with offshore talent

7 Ways Americans can work better with offshore talent

A while back, I wrote a post: 7 Ways to Work Better with Americans.  Now after many requests, I am writing from the other perspective. As an American who has worked on both sides of the offshore situation, I have seen first hand the struggles and difficulties of distance and culture in business. Americans…this one is for you so listen up. Follow these simple suggestions and you will be understood and appreciated by your offshore colleagues, but most importantly you will be successful. Not everyone is as direct as you – Americans tend to be very direct in their communication. They usually say what they are thinking and assume everyone else is the same. Not true. Many cultures do not...
7 Ways to Work Better with Americans

7 Ways to Work Better with Americans

We, and by “we” I mean Americans, have all worked with staff or developers overseas. However not many have been on the other side. Not many Americans have lived and worked overseas side by side with an offshore team. It was and still is a very interesting experience as an American to work with other Americans from abroad. I have lived outside the United States for the past eight years and many of those years I worked for an IT outsourcing company in Bulgaria. As the only American in the company, I was charged with being the cultural liaison to help the team who worked directly with the Americans close the culture gap. It was a technical integration team that worked American...