SCRUM as a Service

Remote Coders and their Conflicts with HQ/Full-Time Staffers Managing programmers can be so difficult that it has been famously compared to herding cats. The complexities with managing programmers are compounded when they are not supportive of each other. Many businesses employ both remote and in-house workers. The reality is that in-house developers can and often are a major stumbling block to you effectively managing your resource pool. Most large dev shops understand that you can’t always hire the right person in-house. So not recognizing and addressing conflicts will only slow down your business plans. In-house developers can often resent their…

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The modern world runs on code. From the embedded controllers in our appliances to the servers that run the Internet, code is integrated into virtually every area of life. However, programming great software is difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Offshoring your software development because labor is less expensive seems like an easy solution to manage costs, however, the hidden costs make the decision a bad one. Here are some terrible reasons to offshore that are still discussed in boardrooms today: The hourly rate is a fraction of US-based employees This argument comes up first when you are being sold on an…

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Scrum is a great way to rethink code-writing strategy, but only for companies whose structure supports it. Trying to layer a scrum approach on top of a traditional developer environment can deliver painful frustrations, as companies find themselves tripping over their own virtual feet. That's the lesson we have learned through 2017, as we tried to integrate scrum teams into existing waterfall operations for hundreds of custom development projects across more than a dozen verticals. The scrum benefits of much faster time-to-market and greater control of the appdev process melted under the load of a client's architect and a client's…

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