Outsourced product development (OPD) is a practice in which an organization hires a third-party provider for the development of products and services in a variety of fields (such as IT, business, communication and HR), and even idea generation.

OPD success depends on finely integrated strategic planning, communication, collaboration, management and specialized resources.

OPD implementation success hinges on continuous and consistent communication between decision makers, especially managers, engineers and business owners. This collaboration streamlines communication, production quality and, ultimately, customer satisfaction.

OPD implementation recommendations include such as development during daylight hours, testing during evening hours, outsourcing to locations north and south of an organization’s corporate office and production facilities to minimize time zone variances, recruiting and hiring high – quality team members, small terms are more efficient than large teams and intellectual property costs are part of doing business.

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