Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Managing success in offshore software development

A framework for reclaiming visibility and control swapping-offshore development has been embraced by the vast majority of commercial software vendors and enterprise application development groups. Why? Lets find out..

ACCORDING TO a recent study by Duke University and Booz Allen Hamilton, high-end functions like software development are rapidly gaining acceptance as off shore candidates. And as the pattern of off shoring migrates from low-end to high-end work, the challenges faced by the management have moved from dealing with political backlash to more operational issues like retaining managerial control and gaining operational efficiency. As application development becomes increasingly dispersed, those running these projects face a new twist to the age-old challenge of managing distributed software projects. Traditional team management techniques, like scorecards and site meetings, are ineffective and impossible to scale in a world where teams span vast physical, temporal, cultural, and organisational barriers. Managers are finding it increasingly hard to get the facts needed to build a reliable picture of projects and to make informed decisions. Building software in a flat world, characterises this loss of control as a major obstacle to working in a globally distributed environment. I suggest that this problem is experienced by 35 per cent of organisations engaged in off shoring today.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

offshore software development is one factor that has taken the whole foundation of software development and the IT sector to a completely different level. Efficient software services at competitive rates have been made possible by these concepts. The best part is that there are no exploiters. The country that is seeking and the country that is providing offshore software development, both are benefiting from this concept

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