There are genuine commercial, coverage and quality benefits to utilising offshore deliver capability. That stated, management and support is essential to achieving success. What have your experiences with offshore development and QA been? If you have had success, what do you attribute it to? Finally, why did you explore offshore?
Why do programme staff accept prescriptive estimations across planning, build, test & accept phases? Invariably staff end up working longer hours and the programmes still overrun. How have you successfully managed to secure realistic budgets enabling you to have the right balance of tools and expertise to deliver quality applications within the desired or realistic timeframes.
Whilst there is a huge drive to migrate from Agile to Waterfall, far too often we are seeing what is essentially Water-Scrum-Fall. As well as proving UAT challenges, we are increasingly noticing resource deficiencies, knowledge gaps with little or no support. It’s no surprise that projects quickly spiral out of control and external expertise is sought. What observations and challenges have you associated with this hybrid methodology?