Scott Adams on a “real” college education

Crossderry Blog

Thousands of sorta adequate [ fill in the programming language ] developers have lost their jobs because management decided it was cheaper — and just as effective — to send commodity app development offshore.

Research: Don’t Offshore Your R&D

Harvard Business Review

Just because a company can offshore some portion of its operations doesn’t mean it should. That appears to be the case with the offshoring of research and development, according to a new paper from the Center for European Economic Research.

In Defense of Responsible Offshoring and Outsourcing

Harvard Business Review

Yet, the imperatives of offshore facilities and employees are — and will remain — central to American companies' international competitiveness. Offshoring and outsourcing today are like sex in the Victorian era: repressed or criticized in public discussion, much practiced in private behavior. Similarly, companies must be more forceful in explaining the uses of revenues and margins derived from offshoring/outsourcing's competitive cost structures and local appeal.

What's Next When Offshoring Isn't so Cheap?

Harvard Business Review

Over the last decade, offshore manufacturing seemed like a no-brainer. Cheap, plentiful labor was readily available in developing countries like China, India, Mexico and Eastern Europe. Consider that many multinationals like GE and the big pharma companies expect that over 50 percent of their revenue growth over the next 10 years will come from developing economies. Offshoring isn't going away, but companies will have to be smarter about it.

Robots Are Starting to Make Offshoring Less Attractive

Harvard Business Review

In developed economies, they have even sparked a trend toward the return of jobs from overseas, or “botsourcing.” In each of these cases, the combination of advances in robotics and automation and rising wages in developing countries has upended the promise of cost reductions through outsourcing.

Some Random Thoughts on Software Application Development

Utpal Writes

Well, it’s good to have few more features developed faster. Twenty Traits Of Software Project Sponsors Who Have The Power To Screw-up An Offshore Outsourcing Engagement. What should our software application offer? How can we provide that amazing experience to our customers? It’s about creating that awesome user experience. Actually, It’s about creating value, isn’t it? and ROI too.

Instead, Develop the Traits That Matter

Utpal Writes

See Also: Twenty Traits Of Software Project Sponsors Who Have The Power To Screw-up An Offshore Outsourcing Engagement. Project Management Self-Help Personal DevelopmentShe was managing one of the most important projects of the company for past 26 months. One day, the junior most team member asked her if he was smart, she said, “No”. He asked him again if he thinks that he wanted to have him in her team, she said “No”.

To Outsource Is To Grow: Why It’s Good To Hand Over The Reins

Strategy Driven

The investment required to find, employ, and train staff to do so often outweighs that of the one-off cost you would pay a freelancer or a small web developer company. There are offshore markets to explore too.

The New Age of Innovation

CEO Blog

If there is a trend to moving offshore then there are markets for things like ESL, accent correction, communication process and systems. Moving offshore would need to be done efficiently so a focus on making it frictionless. Put your data out there and use open innovation and crowd sourcing to reduce cost and speed development. Outsourcing ideas/innovation costs half as much as developing it internally. I continue to blog at # WIF11. S.Kishnan was the first speaker.

Overcoming the “Feedback Trifecta” to Communicate Better as a Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Angela Sebaly: A recent Harvard Business Review article examined Shell Corporation’s adoption of an 18-month program designed to help the company’s offshore workers give and receive feedback before their upcoming deployment.

Why Outsourcing Can Save Your Business

Strategy Driven

By outsourcing or offshoring certain business aspects, a company will be able to learn about the global market, and in time they may even decide to make the move across the globe and open up an office abroad.

Two Approaches to Building a Software Product

Utpal Writes

The problem most product development organizations run into is that they mystify them. Or if they think that approach #1 is correct for them, they are touched by a recent lean software development conference they attended last week and want to eliminate the waste by trying lean techniques. Lean Software Development is less about right techniques and more about right mindset. Organizational Development Make a differenceApproach #1: Offer many solutions.

Into The Storm: 4 Lessons In Teamwork From The High Seas

Tanveer Naseer

And like individuals, teams can develop the capacity for rebounding from pressure and setbacks. She was struck by their ability to execute a seamless recovery: “The first offshore race I did with the Ramblers lit a fire as to why I wanted to join them as a team member.

Your Business Is Thriving If…10

Utpal Writes

Do You Manage Your Offshore Software Solutions Business This Way? Customer Relationships Leadership Organizational Development customer focus Make a difference winningYour business consistently gets more leads than your current business capacity; No matter with which project team your customers interact, their delight level is almost the same; You take 4 week summer vacation and do not get any ‘urgent’ call from the office; You have generally happy employees.

Twenty Traits Of Software Project Sponsors Who Have The Power To.

Utpal Writes

Twenty Traits Of Software Project Sponsors Who Have The Power To Screw-up An Offshore Outsourcing Engagement by Utpal Vaishnav on September 4, 2009 Do not allow enough time to put systems in place. Expect that offshore team members are not human but machines who can work for 25 hours a day.

Your Business Is Thriving If…10

Utpal Writes

Do You Manage Your Offshore Software Solutions Business This Way? Customer Relationships Leadership Organizational Development customer focus Make a difference winningYour business consistently gets more leads than your current business capacity; No matter with which project team your customers interact, their delight level is almost the same; You take 4 week summer vacation and do not get any ‘urgent’ call from the office; You have generally happy employees.

Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

Leading Blog

The iconic Sydney to Hobart Race, a 723-mile deepwater challenge—often called the "Everest" of offshore ocean racing—is considered one of the toughest in the world. They need to keep an eye out to see if someone is wavering, or a faction developing.

Which Way is Bermuda?

Survive Your Promotion

On the first night of the race, three of the crew members were hunched over a chart debating the relative merits of taking a tack offshore. Survive Your Promotion!

World Business Forum – Day 1 Recap | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Leaders get too caught up in trivial things and don’t pay enough attention to leadership development. The lack of leadership development in most organizations is tragic. I wonder how you have developed such a clarity about the these issues.It’s really inspiring to read you.

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A cautionary tale of costcutting

Talent Technologies

’ By rationalising supply chains, implementing technology, offshoring and outsourcing, companies have experiences a golden decade of ever-increasing profitability.

Which U.S. Companies Are Doing the Most R&D in China and India?

Harvard Business Review

To find out, we developed a measure and coined the term Global Engineering Intensity (GEI) as the ratio of the headcount of R&D staff in India plus China to a company’s current annual R&D expense. Research & development Emerging markets East and Southeast Asia

Basics of Projects In Controlled Environments Using PRINCE2

Utpal Writes

PRINCE was first developed by CCTA (Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency) in 1989 as a UK Government standard for Information Technology Project Management and its major revision – PRINCE2 – was released in 1996 as a generic project management method.

The Downside of Best Practices | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Does the company purchase an off-the-shelf solution, utilize an ASP (Application Service Provider) solution or embark upon developing a custom application? Oh, and what about development methodology?

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Sustainable Leadership and Organizations: The Ideas of Martin Seligman

Michael Lee Stallard

These executives, bankers and hedge fund managers who took over the once proud manufacturing industry in America and broke it up, outsourced the work or shipped entire factories offshore for obscene profits while destroying the lives of millions of employees don’t need happy coaches.

Workplace I Love As A Power-Performer (and you would too!)

Utpal Writes

Possibilities of personal development. Workplace I Love As A Power-Performer (and you would too!) by Utpal Vaishnav on October 1, 2009 Minimum obligatory management controls. Personal accountability at the great extent.

What Every Project Manager Wants to Know About Vacation-Planning.

Utpal Writes

That is to identify and develop leaders from within your team and enable them to take over your routine tasks. What Every Project Manager Wants to Know About Vacation-Planning? by Utpal Vaishnav on November 30, 2010 Managing Software projects is a postulating job.

Want To Get Promoted? Do You Know How To Navigate Without A Map?

Utpal Writes

So, she discussed a scenario with Scott, “While working as a dedicated developer with an offshore client, if you reach a limbo stage when there is no work for couple of weeks. Share and Enjoy: See Also: Software Professional, Are You Developing Yourself As An Aspiring Mediocre?

Oil’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle May Be Over. Here’s Why

Harvard Business Review

Unlike national oil companies and oil majors that typically take five to 10 years to develop conventional oil reserves, these independent and “unconventional” players have improved their drilling and fracturing technology to the point where they can respond within months to temporary spikes or dips in the market. Developing new digital efficiencies. hbr staff/bettmann/Getty Images.

Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

A quick scan of the list indicates that all 100 organizations are located in developed countries. Offshore Outsourced Product Development.

Diversity & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I will onshore, offshore, outsource, insource, or execute whatever business strategy I implement without regard for diversity. This is a leadership issue in which diversity, and the awareness of it, will play a key role in the development of future leaders.

What Managers Can Do to Keep Women in Engineering

Harvard Business Review

It developed my confidence so that I now think I can do higher-level work. Challenging and higher-level responsibilities not only helped women to develop confidence in their potential but also enhanced their social networks and profiles within the organization; women became more firmly embedded within their engineering community. But now it makes sense to develop a career here. Developing an Engineering Imagination. vgajic/Getty Images.

How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

by looking back to the original offshoring frenzy which started with consumer electronics in the 1960s. companies were deciding to move R&D to China to be closer to manufacturers, suppliers, and talent as well as to reap lower development costs and higher-growth markets.

Big Data and Big Oil: GE’s Systems and Sensors Drive Efficiencies for BP

Harvard Business Review

BP has deployed GE’s System1TM and SmartSignalTM software across a number of its offshore production facilities located in the UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, along with other key oil and gas areas such as Gulf of Mexico, Caspian Sea and Angola.

Why the Global 1% and the Asian Middle Class Have Gained the Most from Globalization

Harvard Business Review

First, while we cannot ever fully convincingly establish causality between the two developments (because we are dealing with multifaceted processes that are way too complicated for that), the coincidence of the two developments will lead, and has led, many people to make that conclusion.

Why Sales Ops Is So Hard to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

They must hire, develop, manage, and lead a team of people with diverse and specialized competencies who do fundamentally different jobs and likely have dissimilar career aspirations.

Priorities for Jumpstarting the U.S. Industrial Economy

Harvard Business Review

Indeed, in a world where globalization and rapid technological changes are the norm, manufacturing, high-tech development, and innovation clearly require a different level of support. Economic development National competitiveness Entrepreneurship

A Visa for Transformation

Harvard Business Review

For some time now, it has been obvious that these companies will have to go beyond the offshoring model that served them well in the past and develop innovative new ones. Moreover, governments, concerned about job-creation, data-security, and user-privacy, are challenging the offshoring model. Three, the new law encouraged Japanese corporations to develop bigger cars since they could no longer sell as many small cars as they wanted to.

A simple cure for the Buzzword Bingo | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

We had offshored our development team but when we did a rightshoring exercise, we found that a dual-shore approach works better. HELLO THERE AND WELCOME. You are a new visitor to this blog. Here you’ll find more than 1500 articles and mini-sagas on entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and simply how to distinguish yourself. You REALLY should subscribe to our newsletter too - you will get exclusive content that is NOT featured on this blog once or twice a month.

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Sometimes Colleagues Are the Best Coaches

Harvard Business Review

Faced with rapid evolution in their industry, the executive team of a large energy company had decided to transform their solid but complacent organization into a high-tech, sustainability-oriented firm, a key element of which was the completion of a multibillion dollar offshore energy project. The company was heavily committed to its offshore energy project, making it necessary to meet specific deadlines — and pressures were mounting.

Why HR Really Does Add Value

Harvard Business Review

Adding legitimacy to this skepticism are new technologies that enable automation of routine transactions, offshoring and shared service organizations that specialize in managing many tactical elements of HR. By utilizing basic HR tools like business process redesign, organizational redesign, job redesign and competency model development, we were able to more effectively align our selling and support processes to the changing business realities of large-scale farming and construction.

Businesses Can No Longer Avoid Becoming Political

Harvard Business Review

Rather than being undercut by new, lower-cost competitors in rapidly developing economies, such as China and India, companies have globalized their supply chains or offshored their production. Effective risk management requires business leaders to attend to these nonmarket threats and to develop nonmarket strategies. Business leaders who pay no heed to it, and fail to develop their own social and political policies, risk finding themselves on the wrong side of history.

Oil and Gas: Industrial Internet in Action

Harvard Business Review

Oil and Gas subsea operators across the world are adopting a GE Industrial Internet technology developed in Norway. The GE team is now developing a huge data library of sounds from existing subsea installations to add to the predictive capabilities of the system.

A Promising Year for Technology and Innovation

Harvard Business Review

In many ways, the biggest business developments of 2010 were the things that didn't happen. Gulf region didn't destroy the company, didn't stop offshore oil drilling for very long, and didn't produce the political will to push for alternative energy sources. Big companies with cash didn't spend it. Banks with cash didn't lend it. Small businesses didn't attract capital and thus didn't help reduce unemployment.