This pace of outsourcing has accelerated exponentially over the last decade.
Whereas most people think of distributing software development offshore as only a cost cutting measure, it is more than that. For example, there are not as many new U. This is causing a shortage of skilled developers and test engineers. There is also the factor of quick ramping up and ramping down of project teams influencing more contracts and distributing resources. However, the downside of more distributed development is increased management oversight.
Visibility into work at remote sites is often a common problem as well as frustration with communication. In the past 10 years, there have been notable events profoundly impacting global distribution. For instance, the emergence of Agile and Scrum caused many groups to re-think how much and what is distributed. Most Agile teams are co-located for immediate and easy communication, especially verbal discussion on newly developed functionality.
This immediate and easy communication is supposed to lead to leaner product development, e. This is often difficult for distributed teams. On the other hand, there is also the impact of communication tools. In my capacity as a test lead then a test manager at various U. In the late 80s, I worked for a company outsourcing and offshoring software development to Bulgaria, and at another company sending offshored documentation development to the Bahamas. More recently, I am the cofounder of LogiGear where we provide outsourced engineering services mostly based in Viet Nam. In the following section, I list 10 important lessons learned over the past decade on how to make offshoring a greater success and higher value for you and your organization.
For the sake of convenience, I will refer to the various models as distributed or global development. In all matters, remember the Golden Rule: treat others as you want to be treated. These offices are sometimes called captive offices if they belong to your company. There is a newer situation called nearshoring. After , offshoring from the U.
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