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).
- Improving writing processes using lean and Kanban
- Artefacts and agile method tailoring in large-scale offshore software development programmes
- Large-Scale Offshore Agile Tailoring: Exploring Product and Service Organisations
- Scrum Master Activities: Process Tailoring in Large Enterprise Projects
- How product owner teams scale agile methods to large distributed enterprises
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: offshore 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 classification model contrasting solution focused development, where oshore organisations deliver a complete solution, and execution focused development, where oshore organisations implement work packages defined 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 oshore development centres.
The classification model contrasts offshore project management with offshore management disintermediation, where staff from oshore organisations are directly managed by onshore client staff. Product ownership is commonly located onshore, but here too, counter examples of offshore product ownership have been found in outsourced service providers and insourced offshore development centres.
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