Agile Offshoring: Touching the right chord

More often we jump in to the Agile bandwagon - bit prematurely. And mostly as we try to do so, we fall flat (well, there are exceptions of course) & jump to an off-shoring organization. The good news is, by doing so - we may have just taken the second (i.e. after deciding to go Agile) right step i.e. if we don't have the expertise in house, bringing in the talent from outside makes most sense. But we need to keep in mind; unless we ourselves are not having an open mind to embrace the changes, we are most likely to fail despite all our good intentions.


Basis of this talk:

I am working on Agile onsite-offshore model for last 10+ years (with total 15+ years in the service industry). Over these years, have dealt with numerous small (2-3 teams - all co-located) to large scale (75+ teams, spread across multiple geographical boundaries) Agile engagements & have worked as consultant to several projects. Offshoring is a big challenge - not only to our clients, but also to ourselves - as we often fight the situation, where customer is either too rigid on Agile expectations or too much bent towards traditional PM style. Bringing the right mix is always the tough ask - that is where the success of the project depends.


Outline/Structure of the Talk


The flow is like this:

  1. How work tends to flow at offshore - the backdrop [10 mins]
    1. How does a project life cycle go for an offshoring work? How does it flow across shores? Who all are generally the decision makers & what are their influencing factors?
  2. Challenegs faced - focusing on the following: [10 mins]
    1. What offshoring provider tend to offer (e.g. what are the selling USPs)
    2. What client expects (i.e. what motivates one to outsource work to offshore?)
    3. What are the do's/dont's & bridging the expectations

Learning Outcome

You will learn

  • Agile is not new, neither is the practise of offshoring - but why do we see varying results across projects?
  • What are the differentiators?
  • How can we avoid the "silly mistakes" (i.e. the practises - which appear very relevant & obvious to us - but actually work the other way)?

Target Audience

Management, Project Managers, Business Development Managers, Corporates


schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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