Category Archives: offshore

My small contribution to propagating Agile (and how it did not go so well)

Some time ago, I was involved (along with much more respected people) in a thread on the XP mailing list where an editor for CIO.com asked about communication tools in the context of an Agile project. I thought my answer … Continue reading

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CITCON: CI and offshore

At CITCON, I was quite happy to see one person suggest the topic “CI and offshore”, as I am involved on an offshore project myself. Unfortunately, this person didn’t show up, and just we were just 3 in the session. … Continue reading

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Team split into feature teams, after all

You might remember from a previous post that I was regretting the fact that the development team had not wished to split into feature teams. I even suggested that it should not have been an option to them. Well, be … Continue reading

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Team Did Not Split In Feature Teams

On our project, there is a total of 21 tech people (plus managers and translators). 3 of us are onshore. 18 offshore. You would expect this to lead to a natural split into 4 teams, right? 1 onshore, 3 teams … Continue reading

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Reshape to your will, or play with strengths?

Last week, I attended a 3-hour session on wine. It wasn’t just wine tasting; the guy (only gave his first name, Alexis) also gave plenty of details on how wine is produced, etc. He also explained the differences between wine-making … Continue reading

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We’ve sunk to a new low

As I write this post, I am still under the shock. In French, we have sayings that go like this (I’m sure they translate well in English): “we had reached to bottom of the pool… and we have started digging”, … Continue reading

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First Retrospective Meeting

Last Monday, we held the first retrospective meeting on our project. I had pushed for it to take place, and I thought it would go better than the Sprint Review. As it happened, it did not. First, I contacted people … Continue reading

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Offshore Team Start Working on Saturdays

As part of the actions for this iteration, the offshore managers (the ones based in Bangalore, not the ones based in Paris) have announced that the development Team will work on Saturdays from now on. My colleagues and I, in … Continue reading

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The Power of a Man vs. Manpower

I have been involved in an offshore project for Manpower for more than 6 months. Well, we have recently learned that Craig Larman was going to coach it and lean more towards Agile methods. Craig is Chief Scientist with my … Continue reading

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Back to Paris: a glance on the progress made in Bangalore

I made it back from Bangalore yesterday. The journey back was not as bad as the journey in (where we were re-rerouted to Bombay, with a connecting flight to Bangalore), but we did have a 5-hour delay before taking off … Continue reading

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Bangalore: take two

Arrived in Bangalore this morning. I had done my best to take the direct flight from Paris, but we got overbooked, so we had to change to another flight going to Bombay. Let’s just say that it did NOT go … Continue reading

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Back from Bangalore

Just came back from visiting the development team in India. My employer now has more than 400 people working in the Bangalore office. Other views of the city.

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