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Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project

Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project
​ When outsourcing software development projects , comparing vendors with different price points can be very difficult. We propose variables that should be taken into account when deciding which vendor is most likely to produce the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for an offshoring or nearshoring development project. We also evidence why we beli...
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Should I use a traditional RFI / RFP model to select a nearshore or offshore outsourcing IT vendor?

Should I use a traditional RFI / RFP model to select a nearshore or offshore outsourcing IT vendor?
As a nearshore IT firm , we often get many requests to participate in an RFI / RFP project. At a first glance, and RFI / RFP process looks like a structured, disciplined and fair methodology to choose a vendor, but in the final analysis, in our opinion and experience, it produces terrible results for the client . Here is our take on why this is so:...
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The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship

The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship
​ Your relationship with an outsourcing software vendor might be one of the most important ones when they work on key projects or technologies for your company. Nurturing a good relationship is never a static formula as all projects and relationships vary greatly. However, during our 30 years' experience in the software development industry working...
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How to fund an Agile Software Development Project

How to fund an Agile Software Development Project
​ This is Part 6 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" When first introduced to Agile, clients often react with phrases like "ok, from a technical perspective this makes sense, but how do I sell this to my CEO?" PSL believes Agile methodologies should be seen under a stage-gate scenario, where commitments to continue a software development proj...
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So, how Agile Software Development stacks in practice?

So, how Agile Software Development stacks in practice?
This is Part 5 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" The philosophy of Agile Software Development sounds very nice in theory, but how does it stack up in practice? At PSL, as nearshore/offshore software development vendors, we have deployed dozens of agile SCRUM projects large and small, and have seen for ourselves what we believe is scarce in ...
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Is there a better way to do software?

Is there a better way to do software?
This is Part 4 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" Yes, there certainly is a better way to do software development . And at PSL we believe it is Agile, specifically under SCRUM. More than a development methodology, Agile answers to a philosophy and a perspective on what software development really is. Software development is not similar to ci...
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What was the end result of traditional software development methodologies?

This is Part 3 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" In essence, RUP and the waterfall approach, even when done under judicious process discipline, still attempted to be predictive software development methodologies. That is to say, they wanted to predict in advance, before beginning the project, matters such as: what the cost of the software d...
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Traditional software engineering, CMMi and its problems

Traditional software engineering, CMMi and its problems
This is Part 2 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" Well into the 1980s the largest buyer of software development services in the world, the US Department of Defense, was having trouble getting projects done on time, on budget and with the right specifications. Despite working with some of the best and most renowned software development compan...
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