If you’ve decided to outsource your engineering projects, the next step is to make sure you are managing a healthy relationship with your engineering service provider. A successful outsourcing partnership takes open communication with the right provider. These partnerships can be tricky, but with these six tips you will be able to maintain a healthy and effective outsourcing relationship.
- Define your goals
Before hiring an engineering service provider, you should have already defined a set of goals for your outsourcing relationship. We even highlighted the importance of this in our blog discussing how to choose the right engineering service provider. Once you’ve chosen a provider, it’s time to redefine and solidify your goals with the help of your outsourcing partner.
- Maintain open communication
Any successful relationship, from business to personal, starts at open communication. As the business world changes, so will your outsourcing relationship. To make the most of your partnership with an engineering service provider, keep your lines of communication open and consistent. Consistently check up on the status of your project and be available for updates or changes.
- Share ideas and plans of action
To further make sure you are on the same page with your provider, share your own plans of action and ask for theirs. Find an engineering service provider that feels like a part of your team. For example, TriMech Services’ engineers stay dedicated to the project at hand, and can even work onsite to supplement your staffing needs. Sharing ideas and action plans will allow you to determine if your provider’s plans align with what you need, and communicating ideas lets you both to tackle the problem more efficiently.
- Clear up ambiguity
All verbal and contractual or written agreements need to be absolutely clear. If a problem arises, this clarity will help you and your partner avoid abuse or solve contractual disputes. Verbal and contractual clarity will also help make sure that both parties are on the right track.
- Keep realistic expectations
While you should keep your standards high when working with an engineering service provider, make sure they are realistic. Understand the capabilities of your outsourcing partner and develop a realistic set of goals. Don’t set your relationship up for failure by setting goals that are beyond their ability.
- Evaluate progress
Evaluating progress is an essential part of maintaining a healthy outsourcing relationship. During the course of your project or partnership, develop evaluation metrics and continuously monitor how your provider is matching up. If they are not meeting your requirements, you can make adjustments and solve any issues before it’s too late.
If you’re looking for a trusted outsourcing partner for your engineering needs, look no further than TriMech Services. Contact us to learn more!