Flavors of India
My name is Ilya, I live and work as an IT project manager in Moscow, Russia.
Once I’ve been to our colleagues (Sapinet Nitro) office in India, New Delhi. I enjoyed the journey and below I’m going to share my thoughts and experience.
Interesting things to mention
The first thing I mentioned was the traffic. May be it seems there are no rules at all, but the cars and motorcycles are going by eventually. I’ve seen no crashes during the whole trip but it’s really crazy. If you go to India for the first time, better take a taxi or go by metro, just don’t try to drive a rental car on your own.
This country may seem a way different from Russia, but some things are similar. Here in New Delhi you can easily find executive class cars driving by people who live in the streets in their tents. There are no tents in Moscow due to different climate, but you can see same dramatic financial inqualities here too. But if you are motivated enough and have internet access, you can teach yourself and find an IT job (at least freelance), for example. Especially if you have passion for it :)
Indian Information Technologies
I’ve heard a lot of jokes about low cost and low quality Indian freelancers. I have never actually worked with any of them, but what I’ve seen with my own eyes is the strong focus on education obviously powered by government. I’ve seen people willing not only to study, but to be really good and skilled IT professionals.
I personally spoke to program manager, project manager and developers who all are high skilled specialists with very good English and of course relevant IT and soft skills.
May be some errors may happen during development, but the process of development itself is stable and apparently has quite a long story that proves its efficiency.
So we really enjoyed meeting our colleagues in person and speaking to them both on work related and non-related topics like local economy, sightseeing and so on.
Effect on further communications
This story is another strong evidence for the obvious fact that personal communications are still a very good way to build solid, reliable relations for efficient cooperation and teamwork.
We didn’t have any trouble in our communications before our visit. But when we saw the things from the inside and talked to our colleagues personally something changed in our interplay to the very good new friendly and warm way :)
So if you have a team of people who work with you remotely I strongly suggest you speak to them personally from time to time.