Warning: This is NOT an accurate representation of how the project will unfold

(True North pgs, Inc.) has long proposed getting a stamp for every documented plan or schedule that says “Warning: This is NOT an accurate representation of how the project will unfold.” Every really experienced project manager knows this — yet somewhere in the chain of communication, this information gets lost — leaving managers and executives…

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When to outsource

David Anderson quotes an answer by his boss on outsourcing at an all hands meeting.  We will outsource when there is no knowledge associated with an activity, such as repetitive execution of test plans. We will not outsource where there is knowledge to be gained and retained such as writing test scripts or programming automated…

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Outsourcing

I’ve been thinking about outsourcing a lot recently.  The difference in the apparent project costs is very appealing, from a management standpoint, but I wonder if outsourcing large chunks of development can really be successful over the long term.  Successful outsourcing projects have very specific requirements and deliverables.  You hand them off, and viola, you…

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