When you think about outsourcing one or more project elements, what are you most concerned about? Missed deadlines? Low quality delivery? Inaccurate or incomplete scope? Increased risk? Everyone worries that the physical separation is going to lead to problems. Working together during project planning and recognizing that you both share the same concerns increases the chances of success.
Your team will make you succeed or fail. Many look at outsourcing as a way of solving a technical problem while maintaining or even cutting costs. But people are not widgets that can simply be fitted to a specific spot and just work. In this article Zhenya Rozinskiy covers steps required for building remote teams and shares his own experiences.
There are essentially two factors that determine whether your offshoring adventure is successful or not – people and process. This article is the first article in a series on managing remote teams, sharing experiences in developing a process for remote collaboration. As people sit apart in (several) remote locations, extra attention must be paid to articulating how people work together.
InfoQ did an interview with Simon Brown about sustainable competence for continuous improvement, balancing people and processes, and software quality and architecture.
Capers Jones shows how you can measure productivity and quality, and looks at agile practices that have proved to be beneficial for teams. 1
"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.
A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development tells the story about applying agile and lean principles. An interview about agile principles, change, collaboration, and benefits of using agile.
Miko Matsumura discusses why people are pursuing SOA, whether SOA is dead, what SOA Governance is, the relationship to SOA itself, how it differs from management, and how SOA differs from integration. 12
The story of a unique work-study degree program at New Mexico Highlands University, begun in 2004-2005: an apprentice shop where students and customers used Agile practices.