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Raisa Mathew January 23rd, 2017

Stats and Figures

Belarus. Have you heard the name? Nowadays Belarus is considered by many IT professionals as one of the most attractive places for the industry. If to talk about the IT industry itself,  it’s developing at an intensive pace. Its growth rate increased to 114 % and CAGR … Continue Reading

Dmitri Koteshov January 23rd, 2017
When I first got exposed to the idea of ‘agile‘, I didn’t get it. It seemed to be something all the suits were talking about. I still see it that way partially, but I’ve also given the concept a lot of thought and listened to others. For me, … Continue Reading
Hugo November 14th, 2016

One question that always pops up during my trainings and workshops is ‘how to sell agile and scrum?’. Now there are 2 versions of this question: A. How to sell scrum to your management? and B. How to sell scrum to customers (who are in a waterfall/fixed big mindset)?

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Hugo October 29th, 2016

This year, I’ve been to a dozen agile conferences. One thing that stood out for me is that there’s a lot of ‘air talk’. People talk about agile, scrum, agile transformation, etc. After a couple of hours, your head starts spinning and you don’t have a clue what people are … Continue Reading

Hugo October 14th, 2016

Ideally, expectations should be clear at the start of any type of professional relationship. This is especially true when you are working with a person, a team, or company outside of your own. Unfortunately, this does not happen all the time.

While outsourcing is becoming the go-to solution to improve Continue Reading

Fred Joye June 17th, 2016
The past 10 years, I’ve been working to grow my software services firm personally. Every day I got down to the action and pushed my company forward. It ain’t easy, I found out. You always read a lot of stories about startups achieving world domination and riches within 2-3 years. … Continue Reading
Hugo May 30th, 2016

Vitaly Plitchenko, Market Analyst of Apriorit is working on software product and service market analysis focusing mostly on the security, virtualization, and cloud computing segments. His work helps Apriorit and its customers to find new opportunities and adjust product strategies.

The favorite thing to do for industry analytics in the Continue Reading

Raisa Mathew May 26th, 2016

We’ve been developing software since 2006. When we first started, we only needed a good text editor and an FTP client to send files to a server. But times have changed – and our business with them. As we grew, we needed a way to keep in touch with customers, … Continue Reading

Aleksandar Olic April 11th, 2016

Ekipa clients often have questions about working with developers from one region or another. While it’s not our official position to favor one area of the world over another, as we know that talented teams are found around the globe, we do like to share interesting research from our content … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts February 25th, 2016

Jennifer Roberts Intercultural Sales Cycles

I just got back from a very intense, very successful trip to Ukraine delivering Intercultural Sales Cycles Workshops to groups of 25-35 participants in three different cities. What I’m most grateful for is the huge amount of positive feedback I’ve received – I put a lot of effort into designing … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts February 5th, 2016

To work successfully with our Western customers of IT specialists need to learn the art of communication.This cornerstone, which was discussed at conferences and workshops, webinars and roundtables. Why this topic is always relevant?

There are many reasons:

  • the difference in mentality;
  • Remote communication;
  • minimum Fields of experience;
  • not a
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Raisa Mathew January 21st, 2016

Last week, I joined a panel discussion for CES in Las Vegas. Cool and awkward at the same time! I am not an incredible fan of digital gadgets, but I loved this! In general, I believe ‘let us just get things done’. And for getting things done, you don’t need … Continue Reading

Hugo January 14th, 2016

The past couple of months, I have been thinking about a method for larger scale distributed work. I envision how productive distributed teams could be if this method worked. Teams could gather, create a ‘map’ for their collaboration and once aligned, login to a dashboard where they can select the … Continue Reading

Hugo January 7th, 2016

I wanted to start 2016 with you by sharing my own areas of improvement as an entrepreneur. Ekipa is an amazing startup that’s bringing together clients and teams from around the world every day – but we’re not perfect. In our first blog post of 2016, I’m going to share … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts January 4th, 2016

skype down

Thoughts from our CMO on #skypedown

We were in the middle of our weekly team strategy call when Skype started getting buggy, and about 10 minutes later, everyone lost all connectivity.

“Oh well,” someone wrote via chat. “Let’s get on Hangouts.”Hangouts

Within five minutes, we were continuing to talk … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts September 21st, 2015

It seems clear to everyone that the media industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation, from all perspectives. Consumers wanting their content anywhere, anytime and on any device, and new technologies enabling superior media delivery and experience wreak havoc on the industry. All these changes come from new ways of outsourcing Continue Reading

Piotr Chmielewski September 9th, 2015

remote development teams

The software development industry is full of its fair share of outsourcing horror stories. Talk to any software project manager or SaaS startup owner, and at least 1 out of 3 will recount an experience where they were let down by sub-par code and shady practices. But on the other … Continue Reading

Ali Naqvi September 3rd, 2015

software development marketplace

I want to get a little personal with our blog readers this week because I’ve been experiencing the same pain point in my personal life that people often go through before they come to Ekipa – the dilemma of whether to work with a service like our software development marketplace, … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts September 2nd, 2015

managing remote teams

Make Managing Remote Teams Easy: 3 Pitfalls, One Win

Remote working isn’t just the norm for tech-startups or small businesses. In fact, due to a shortage in programmers growing by the year in the US and the EU, more companies engage with remote software development teams because there’s an abundance … Continue Reading

Raisa Mathew August 28th, 2015

managed remote teams

A key decision when outsourcing software development work is whether to hire freelancers or acquire the services of one or more managed remote teams. Your hiring criteria should be based on your project requirements, but it is essential to have a clear understanding of what both options have to offer … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts August 19th, 2015

offshoring software development

As an entrepreneur who brings top quality software teams together with clients who need great service, I’ve had many discussions with people about moving work overseas. If a company isn’t used to offshoring software development, it can be a challenge to help them understand how remote teams can work to … Continue Reading

Hugo August 13th, 2015

Why Outsourcing Software Development Right For Startups

At Ekipa, we work with companies from around the globe that want delivery and quick reaction from their software development teams, but aren’t ready to make the investment in hiring a team and paying for office space. It’s understandable – some founders prefer to bootstrap, and others aren’t at the … Continue Reading

Jennifer Roberts August 8th, 2015

Hiring developers remotely seems to become more popular all the time. I see that some companies actually make this standard procedure – they don’t look for people (only) in their local office, but hire global for each position. I just came across this instructive post about hiring remote developers (… Continue Reading

Hugo May 5th, 2015

Last week, Hugo and myself were at TheNextWeb (TNW) Europe conference. Ekipa had a stand there so the first day we were pretty busy (even CNBC visited us!!!). The second day however, we had a little bit more time to look around. Honestly, there were not so many smashing presentations Continue Reading

Piotr Chmielewski April 27th, 2015

Last time I discussed choices companies might consider regarding the type of technology and business leadership. Summarizing, there is an entire spectrum available, from being totally passive (not doing anything) to becoming a trend-setter. Trend Setter TechnologyObviously, these choices are dictated by many factors. Certainly appetite for risk, management technical and product … Continue Reading

Piotr Chmielewski March 17th, 2015

I bet you have wondered many times what all these new high-tech buzzwords mean to you. Are these just hype? Should you take them seriously? And what should you do about them?

Publishers often provide top 10 (or top something) technology or business trends lists that will have some kind … Continue Reading

Piotr Chmielewski March 6th, 2015

This might be controversial but I dare to write it here: the biggest risk in software outsourcing is … not doing it. Nowadays, we need to move swiftly, we need flexibility and we need to adjust to ever changing business conditions. Opportunities come and go and their windows keep shrinking. … Continue Reading

Piotr Chmielewski February 1st, 2015