Five lethal mistakes in offshore software development

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  1. Hi Avi,

    great article! I think your points are right on spot and can help people to become more successful in offshore software projects. Some experiences based on your points:
    Managing people remotely. Here I believe that there is a way to do it. Of course, it’s easier to have people in one room or to travel back and forth all the time. Using the right process, supported with good systems and tools, it absolutely works. I see much failure in the market as well and I also see that some of our competitors choose what you advocate: a lot of travel and having the project manager onsite with the offshore team. Maybe we have found a magic formula for remote management, but I can assure you it works (after bloodshed and tears!).
    Intellectual property. What you write absolutely makes sense. At the same time I believe that if you have a product in the US, IF your local US developer steals your property and runs to the competitor, the damage can be big. If somebody in Pakistan does this, what can he do with it? Launch it in a country where there often is no market? I think that you always need to protect it, but I would say that this is the case who ever works for you, wherever he is located.
    And the marketing function: that’s interesting! We experiment a lot with this for Bridge. I think you had contact with Sini for publishing your article on this blog. I believe that it’s not about marketing or sales necessarily that can or cannot be done offshore, but about the specific responsibilities within those roles. Finding leads, administration in a CRM, sending newsletters, promotion using social media are some examples of things that can be done remotely.

    I look forward to your next post!

  2. A software development team’s manager needs to be there with the developers, meet with each one on a regular basis, get a first-hand account of their activity, successes and challenges.
    thanks for sharing this..

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