Software outsourcing is a proven mechanism to reduce software development and maintenance costs, improve responsiveness and leverage specialized skillsets. However the software development outsourcing process requires vigilance before and after the transaction that transfers development and maintenance responsibilities over to a third party.
Software projects outsourcing is multi-layered relationship between the client and vendor(s). These layers include economic needs, engineering concerns and cultural synchronization. Outsourcing software development projects required balancing these are key to reach an equitable agreement.
Mistakes in outsourcing where the client-vendor relationship is not as mutually beneficial are common and include:
1. Failing to speak with one voice
2. Skipping the homework
3. Fixating on price
4. Using too few suppliers
5. Only dealing with large vendors
6. Signing and forgetting
An analysis of these mistakes is available in Six Rookie Mistakes in Vendor Management.
Usage of Outsourcing services is seen in these use cases:
Report - This report considers best practices in software development outsourcing and what the future may hold.
Report - This report reviews the outsourcing risks and mitigation of outsourcing software development.
Article: Solutions for measuring software development outsourcing.
Article - Learn how to use Function Point Analysis in an outsourcing arrangement.
Case Study -This case study examines DCG's role in an outcome-based outsourcing arrangement, validating the vendor's function point counts.
Article - How to address automated function point counting in software ADM contracts.
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