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Transparency in outsourced development with Scrum - Part I

By | November 30, 2012 | No Comments »

This is the first in a series of posts discussing how Scrum improves chances of outsourcing success and cuts costs through discipline, transparency and tighter integration between customer and provider.

It is no secret that many outsourcing projects fail. In our daily practice, we encounter many customers who have had very negative experiences with outsourced development, and many times the negativity tends to focus on the customer’s lack of visibility into the real status of the project, or on the lack of understanding between the in-house organization and the offshore team, or both. Simply put, the customer and the provider are not on the same page. Read more

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Do not outsource your software development

By | November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Peter Vaihansky

This post originally appeared on Read the original here. 

Yes, you read that right. I work for a software development outsourcing firm, and I am telling you not to outsource.

But why not? Everyone’s doing it, and everyone can’t be mistaken, right? The common perception is that outsourcing saves money based on labor arbitrage. There may be other factors, but mainly companies do it in order to get more software, probably faster, for less money. Read more

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Are we ready to be done with Scrum?..

By | November 14, 2012 | No Comments »

Andrew ZaikinIs Scrum too rigid with its timeboxing, estimations, and other procedures? Would it perhaps be better to let go of at least some of its structure and just develop software as fast as we can?

An overview of similar remarks makes some assertions to the effect that some of Scrum’s practices, far from helping boost productivity, are in fact stifling it. For example, there is this claim that giving up timeboxed iterations and iteration planning meetings has led to marked improvements in delivery.

The first thought that comes to mind here is: how do they know that? Read more

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