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  • From Warfare to Outsourced Software Development

    There are parallels between outsource software development and military engagements which can shed light on some tactics that may help delivering software products. Medhat explores three ideas from military strategy which project management can use to improve the likelihood of success in outsource software development projects.

  • Ajey Gore on Small Teams Making a Big Difference and Effective Outsourcing

    Ajay Gore will talk at the upcoming Agile Impact conference in Indonesia on his experiences working across multiple cultures, outsourcing for the right reasons and how small teams who have end-to-end responsibility for their products enable scaling and growth.

  • Respect Your Organisational Monoliths

    There is a lot of information about DevOps, the technology, the culture, the behaviour. There is not a lot of information about tackling DevOps in large enterprises and there is certainly very little about tackling DevOps in large financial organisations. This article presents lessons learnt rolling out DevOps in a large insurance organisation.

  • Outsourcing Software Development to a Global Talent Pool: World of Help or World of Hurt?

    Going offshore for software development: world of help or world of hurt? When outsourcing software development the country options are endless: India, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, and on and on…. what’s the right choice? The decision-making process is not easy and it shouldn’t be. Yousef Awad presents a checklist of key elements to consider.

  • Q&A with the Authors on "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons-Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing"

    Suzanne and James Robertson, authors of numerous publications in the requirements field, launched a video course called "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons-Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing". InfoQ interviewed them on these video lessons to get further insights into some of the topics addressed.

  • Build Your Own Offshore Development Team - or Not?

    When you absolutely positively MUST build your own offshore dev team to get the quality you need, consider NOT. There is an argument for ‘owning’ vs ‘renting’ when it comes to leveraging an offshore dev team, the author disagrees with the idea that building one’s own team is better than outsourcing the job. He knows what it takes to do it right, and it isn't easy.

  • "Outsourcing is Bad": Why Good Vendors Agree

    Today all companies are software companies and all software must get coded right and get coded fast. This requires a team with shared culture, shared risk, shared accountability. Some would say this isn’t possible with outsourcing. The author believes it is possible and that it’s the only type of outsourcing that will survive.

  • Total Talent Management: A Systems Approach to Agility

    With increasing corporate reliance on contract and temporary workers come more challenges for HR departments. Core HRM responsibilities like training/development, compensation/benefits, and mobility normally apply solely to standard company employees. Total talent management aim to do HRM for the total workforce, including temporary workers, contractors and consultants.

  • Shipping-to-Partner or Partnership?

    Due to globalization and supply chain management, a single company cannot operate on its own anymore. This article helps you to develop an insight in the current ways that your partnerships are running. By defining models and explaining characteristics of these models you get better insight in the relationships with your partners. More important, you will learn to benefit better from partnerships.

  • How to Remain Agile When You Have to Sign a Contract?

    Agile development based on a contract that has been accepted by lawyers seems impossible. The nature of traditional purchasing and contracting processes does not match the Agile principles. This is a case story of how a supplier cooperated with a client to develop a huge project in an Agile way, by cutting it into smaller pieces and prepare a matching contract based on mutual trust.

  • Three Steps to Success in Delivering Your Offshore Project

    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.

  • How to Select the Right People

    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.

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