Maximising an offshore/onshore development team

location_city Melbourne schedule Jul 20th 12:00 - 12:30 PM AEST place EN 303 (C40) people 13 Interested

Guidance on how to make the most of your offshore team from our 5+ years of experience building and optimising a combined team


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • What is an offshore and onshore team
  • Methods of creating your offshore team
  • What makes an effective offshore team member
  • Effective steps to bring your onshore and offshore team together
  • Does location actually matter at all
  • How does leadership define the ability to be successful
  • Can bad culture ruin the chance of success no matter how talented your team are
  • Motivation across a disparate team and how to align
  • Steps to making sure you are successful in your offshoring endeavour
  • What not to do
  • Summary

Learning Outcome

A practical guide to the ins and outs of setting up and building highly skilled and performing multi-location team

Target Audience

Anyone with an offshore software team or wanting to build an offshore capability

Prerequisites for Attendees

- Basics of agile

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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