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1 How to optimize offshore software development with Agile methodologies Prasad Chaudhari 14 Mai 2012, Munich 1

2 Still why do companies outsource? 2

3 Have you heard of these problems with software outsourcing? - Business requirement comprehension - Motivation of the project co-ordinators - Actual project status? - Out of budget How some companies successfully outsource their software development? 3

4 Success story Customer: zooplus AG Leading online shop in Europe for pet supplies Turnover: 300m Project: Implementing next generation online shop Project duration: 12 months Team: 2 onsite, 9 offshore Result: Success, new shop is in production. 4

5 Agenda Why establishing control over the offshore project is necessary? How just in time specifications closes gap between requirements and delivery? How to increase productivity through iterative adaptations? Service offerings Question and Answers 5

6 ESTABLISHING CONTROL What is meant by controlling? Where you are, compared with where youʼre supposed to be What lies ahead that can affect you Where youʼre going to end up, compared with where you said you would end up 6

7 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Why it is difficult to get control? Problem lies with knowing the real status Nature of relationship Customer - Supplier Not knowing the team very well Work cultural differences Geographical location Second language for critical business communication 7

8 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Why Agile methodology? Iterative development Incremental development Delivered work package = Status 8

9 ESTABLISHING CONTROL SCRUM Framework: Agile implementation 9

10 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Deliver working software in iterations 10

11 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Daily SCRUM Daily meeting and the three questions? What did you do yesterday to get the work package done? What will you do today to get the work package done? What are impediments that prevent you from finishing the top priority work package 11

12 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Daily SCRUM from conference room 12

13 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Have you recognized these advantages? Delivery in smaller work packages Clear goal for team per iteration Individual interaction Problem identification Assessing project status 13

14 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Challenges Creating work packages Solving impediments/problems in time Attending to daily meetings 14

15 ESTABLISHING CONTROL Summary Why control over offshore team is difficult? How interactive and incremental development gives you that control? How SCRUM framework supports this? 15

16 Just in-time specification: Reduce the gap between requirements and delivery At onsite Internal team At onsite Internal + external teams At offshore External team Vision High level specification 3-4 weeks Potential information loss Low level specification 5-6 weeks Potential information loss Development 12 weeks 16

17 Just in-time specification Changing requirements Humphrey's law Customer does not know exactly what he wants until he sees working software Wegnerʼs lemma it is not possible to completely specify an interactive system. Nor it is possible to test it completely 17

18 Just in-time specification How? Vision High level specification 3-4 weeks Low level specification Development 2 weeks Low level specification Development 2 weeks 18

19 Just in-time specification How just it works? 19

20 Just in-time specification Product backlog: Document management High level Manage Documents Create document Edit document Delete Document Product Backlog Create document Show the list Edit document List of Documents Show the list Paging & Sorting Delete Document Paging & Sorting 20

21 Just in-time specification Sprint backlog: Document management Product Backlog Prioritized Sprint Backlog Manage Documents Create document Create document Create document User story Edit document Show the list Show the list Delete Document Edit document List of Documents Show the list Delete Document Paging & Sorting Paging & Sorting 21

22 Just in-time specification Sprint planning :Communication effectiveness 22

23 Just in-time specification Sprint planning: Estimations Product owner presents Team estimates 23

24 Just in-time specification Advantages Flexibility Low specifications inventory Efficient requirements communication Faster project set up Shortens development cycle 24

25 Just in-time specification Challenges Rejecting the changes during Sprint Maintain specification inventory level low Make sure that small pieces fits together Fixed price projects 25

26 Summary Just in-time specifications Readiness for change Efficient requirement communication 26

27 Iterative adaptation How to improve productivity? Act Reflect Adapt 27

28 Iterative adaptation Productivity: iterative adaptation 28

29 Iterative adaptation Sprint Review Demo As Expected? Was important functionality built? Is the Order right? 29

30 Iterative adaptation Retrospective Team reflects on finished iteration Team analyses stakeholder feedback Team finds actions to improve productivity 30

31 Putting all pieces together Establishing control Just in-time specification Continuos feedback and iterative adaptation 31

32 Iterative adaptation Productivity: iterative adaptation 32

33 Our services 33

34 Partners CMMI Level 3 appraised ISO company Software services Business intelligence consultancy Business process outsourcing Gaming Social platform integraion Apps development iphone, ipad, Anroid, Blackberry Successful engineering,munich Agile coaching 34

35 Thank You 35

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