Overcoming Fear Uncertainty And Doubt

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Published on January 3, 2009

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So you are not IBM or JPMorganChase? You can still achieve the competitive advantages and cost efficiencies of global offshore software development by following a few simple guidelines.

Overcoming Fear Uncertainty and Doubt: Small Business Tips for Success in Global Software Development Projects. Introduction: So you are not IBM or JPMorganChase? You can still achieve the competitive advantages and cost efficiencies of global offshore software development by following a few simple guidelines. FUD: Offshore teams do not understand my business. Large offshore development companies are not geared for niche industry specific solutions and small projects. It does not fit their business model and is not profitable for them. To make use of their factory model they must mass produce discrete code modules that do not enable the developer to develop specific domain knowledge. TIP: Find a smaller local partner who specializes in your industry with a significant track record and local references. Utilize on-site experts with offshore management experience to overcome specific domain knowledge gaps. FUD: The offshore company may be a sham. With zillions of offshore firms popping up in far corners of the globe it is reasonable and understandable to be weary. Legal, regulatory and language barriers make due diligence nearly impossible. TIP: Work with a local partner with global teams who is accountable under local laws. Check references thoroughly. Ask for resumes of the executive management team. By working with a domestic company with global capabilities, you get the best of both worlds. Local contract laws are mutually understandable and enforceable, and language and cultural differences are minimized. FUD: Quality will be difficult to monitor and sub par. Huge monolithic projects with mountainous documentation and arcane requirements are at high risk for failure. Complex contracts nearly assure failure. The good news is much has been learned in recent years about the “right way” to develop software offshore. TIP: Implement an agile process. Regularly test iterations. Involve business users in the quality review. Provide regular and specific feedback to the onsite team. Mitigate risk with flexible contracts. FUD: Costs will be more than I expect. Fixed price contracts are fine for commodities futures but don’t make sense for software development in a constantly changing world. Business users rarely understand exactly what they want and need in advance of starting a project. TIP: An agile process enables a fast start up with ample opportunities along the way to clarify requirements. Identify main objectives and agree on target goals. Use drawings and mock ups to get buy in from business users on success criteria. Implement an agile process with goals, time lines, and costs over time. Regularly review progress and adjust resources up or down as needed. Copyright 2009 All Rights Reserved

Overcoming Fear Uncertainty and Doubt: Small Business Tips for Success in Global Software Development Projects. FUD: Time differences will impede communications. Often global teams will work domestic hours to accommodate you, however, this has drawbacks in productivity if not managed properly. Drowsy developers are not effective and family lives may be impacted by extreme differences from the norm. TIP: Often time differences can be leveraged to accelerate results. Review and acceptance testing can be done while development teams sleep, and offshore development resumed after local business hours, with a fresh batch of code waiting for you in the morning! Utilize on-site experts who are accustomed to working time zone overlaps and strange hours to manage communications. Implement a team workspace portal, Wiki, or simple online project management application to facilitate offline communications. About WJT Global Solutions WJT provides custom solutions for small and medium sized firms for front office and back office risk management, trading, portfolio accounting and performance analysis, accounting, client reporting, clearance and settlement. Contact:Info@wjtglobal.com http://wjtglobal.com/small_business.htm Copyright 2009 All Rights Reserved

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