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Offshoring is the outsourcing of business processes or functions to another country.
The term offshoring is often mistakenly used interchangeably with outsourcing but essentially, offshoring is a type of outsourcing which is becoming increasingly popular across a wide range of business functions.
The key driver behind offshoring is normally cost, with the expectation that skilled offshore resources will be able to deliver finished product at a lower cost than employing locally sourced skills base.
The common pitfalls of offshoring are well publicised and should not be ignored. More and more companies are now concerned that they have lost control of their offshore resources, often through difficulties with communication and a lack of understanding of the business requirements by the offshore resources.
The overall outcome are projects that often run on and on, which ultimately deliver software later than expected and which doesn’t meet with the business requirements. Quality can also be an issue, with many software projects being weighted down with the technical debt of buggy software that wasn’t fixed during the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
It is no wonder that businesses are losing confidence in offshore outsourcing, often slating poorly implemented Agile outsourcing as no better that the Waterfall approach.
We have good experience of running successful Agile projects with offshore resources. However, there are number of key factors that need to be established before this can happen.
Good communication between the onshore and offshore teams and your business is paramount. This is often assumed as a given but more often overlooked at the start of a project.
It is important to know and understand the offshore development teams and how they work together in their own environment and how best to ingrate the offshore teams with the local onshore teams.
When offshoring a Scrum software development project, it is important to have an experienced and highly motivated Scrum Master onshore. This is irrespective of any Scrum Masters that may be a local part of the offshore teams.
Agilistix provide highly competitive Agile offshore outsourcing services. We have a strong governance model based upon communication, communication, communication!
These are the building blocks of forming highly productive, globally-distributed, single Agile team.
The business advantages of offshoring are:
Agilistix has a growing network of experienced, offshore Agile IT resources within the UK, across a wide range of technologies.
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