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About

Julian Bass is researching how communities adapt and use digital technologies. He has published findings in ICT for International Development, agile software development methodologies and socio-technical systems engineering (See Citation List).

 

Dr Bass is a lecturer at University of Salford, Co-Chair of the IFIP Working Group Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2017 and a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).

Bio

Julian was formerly secretary of the IFIP Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.

Previously Dr Bass was the Higher Education IT Advisor at the Higher Education Strategy Centre (an agency of the Ministry of Education) in Ethiopia.

He co-authored and edited the national Computing Guidance Notes and Benchmark document now in use in the country.

Large-Scale Offshore Agile Tailoring: Exploring Product and Service Organisations

This paper uses empirical data to compare large-scale agile method tailoring in two types of global software development programme: o ffshore outsourced services and offshore captive development centres. This research forms part of a larger study and uses data collected from face-to-face semi-structured open-ended interviews with over 50 practitioners in 9 international companies selected using a snowball sampling technique. Analysis has been conducted using `Glaserian` grounded theory concepts, including open coding, memoing, constant comparison and theoretical saturation.


The contribution of the paper is to present a novel classifi cation model contrasting solution focused development, where o shore organisations deliver a complete solution, and execution focused development, where o shore organisations implement work packages de fined by the client. The research has discovered evidence of solution and execution focused models used by outsourced service providers. In addition, evidence is presented of solution and execution focused models used by insourced o shore development centres.


The classi fication model contrasts off shore project management with o ffshore management disintermediation, where sta ff from o shore organisations are directly managed by onshore client sta ff. Product ownership is commonly located onshore, but here too, counter examples of off shore product ownership have been found in outsourced service providers and insourced o ffshore development centres.

 

ACM DL Author-ize serviceLarge-Scale Offshore Agile Tailoring: Exploring Product and Service Organisations
Julian M. Bass
XP '16 Workshops Proceedings of the Scientific Workshop Proceedings of XP2016, 2016

 
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