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Offshore Testing: The PITS?

Offshore resources have proved useful, and companies continue to try and cash in on the cost savings. But those savings might not be what you or your company expected. In this column, Linda Hayes warns that outsourcing has some pitfalls we should always look out for.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
Taking Off to the Smart Shore

Offshore and onshore development, outsourcing, and the relocation of IT jobs to low-cost countries are headlines we see in everyday news. Jochen Krebs has played several different roles in software engineering throughout his career. From those experiences he shares some thoughts and ideas about current industry trends regarding outsourcing. The scenarios in this article, "Inside the Project," lead to the second part, which will offer a critical view on those trends. The last part, will address trends for a better offshore approach.

Jochen Krebs's picture Jochen Krebs
Be a Sub Commander

Projects involving subcontracts have their own special kinds of risks and problems. In this column, Peter Clark offers advice on how to use leverage and visibility to minimize the risks and help ensure the successful delivery of the required scope when working with subcontractors.

Peter Clark's picture Peter Clark
Agile06 - Scott Ambler - Eclipse Process Framework

Scott Ambler talks about his new work with the Eclipse Process Framework and a variety of other topics.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
How Agile Changes the Role of Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Testers

On a recent engagement, my company walked into an organization that was struggling to adopt agile software development practices. There was clearly energy and willingness on the part of the development team to try new practices. However, the confusion around new responsibilities of the project manager (PM), business analyst (BA), and quality assurance tester (QA) was preventing progress.

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Managing Process Facilitators

The term "Process Facilitator" refers to the people in your organization whose primary responsibility lies in improving the effectiveness of the work that the teams are doing. This responsibility is mainly around the process the teams are using, but also encompasses less tangible aspects of work such as team development, organizational culture change, administrative and technical tools, and working with other Process Facilitators both inside and outside of your organization. Since the role of the Process Facilitator is so broad, it can be difficult to understand and effectively support Process Facilitators who report to you. This article helps you with this challenging task.

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Agile Offshore Development: 10 Ways to Make it Work for Your Organization

Successful extended global development teams have adapted Agile methodologies such as XP, Scrum and DSDM to further improve response to customer needs and time to market. At the same time, they gain rapid knowledge transfer, training, transition planning, goal setting, governance, as well as the comprehensive operational reviews required to achieve results. There can certainly be challenges employing Agile development methodologies in a multi-shore environment.

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Most Software Development Metrics Are Misleading And Counterproductive

The software development industry has a poor track record for developing and employing useful software metrics. This is because most of the metrics selected are tangential to the true goal of software development—delivering business value—and instead focus on software attributes and accounting measures. Metrics such as lines of code per developer week, function points created, hours worked, or budget consumed appear important measures, but they have dangerous and counterproductive implications.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Managing Offshore XP Teams: Organizational Models and Tools

The essence of Extreme Programming (XP) is making the customer a part of the team who works very closely with the developers, ideally communicating on a daily basis. However, what about a situation where your development team is offshore? Is it possible to have the best of both worlds, realizing the gains of offshoring without losing the benefits of XP? How do you keep the momentum and the communication flow going, at the same time ensuring seamless integration of the deliverables into the customer's production environment at the XP pace?

Peter Vaihansky's picture Peter Vaihansky
Hurdling Roadblocks

We all encounter things at work that impede our progress. Having the skill to effectively deal with the roadblocks makes a big difference in your overall productivity. Will you get a reputation as a whiner or as someone who pushes through obstacles? In this week's column, Danny Faught offers help with two common types of roadblocks and gives suggestions for reducing the chances that any barricade will impact your schedule.

Danny R. Faught's picture Danny R. Faught


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