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Monthly Archives: September 2011

LogiGear Magazine – September 2011 – The Offshoring and Outsourcing Issue

LogiGear Magazine – September 2011 – The Offshoring and Outsourcing Issue

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Viet Nam’s Next Generation

Hong Mai has always been interested in computers since the beginning. She recalls having written her first script and thought it was amazing. “Writing a script and having it run successfully is a good feeling,” says Hong Mai.

Hong Mai’s parents were high school teachers but have since retired. It was certain that their two only daughters must continue on to higher education, the elder in IT and the younger in economics. Hong Mai currently lives with her family, almost an hour drive away from work and chooses to spend her weekends with her family indulging at the house or eating out at local restaurants. As she speaks in perfect English, she exposes her unfaltering determination to succeed in life.

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Vipul Gupta

Software Testing to Software Engineering

According to analysts, the growing dependence on software testing to improve product quality is resulting in greater IT budgets getting allocated to the testing activity. In fact, it is being suggested that in the years ahead, software testing will make up nearly 20-25 percent of the software budget. Forrester Research estimates that the demand for outsourced software testing will account for 28% of IT budgets in Europe and the U.S. within two years.

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Video: International Conference on Global Software Engineering

International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2011

“What is the most important issue to resolve in the GSE?”

LogiGear Corporation

LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software-testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast and cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with hundreds of companies from the Fortune 500 to early-stage startups, creating unique solutions to exactly meet their needs. With facilities in the US and Vietnam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs.

For more information, contact Joe Hughes + 01 650.572.1400

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Article: International Conference on Global Software Engineering

A conference on Global Software Engineering: University researchers and Industry experts get together to compare findings and work toward solutions.

Michael Hackett

The 6th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2011 (http://icgse.org/) is organized by the world’s largest association for the advancement of technology. The conference brought together researchers and practitioners interested in exploring how globally distributed teams work and how the challenges can be met.

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New LogiGear Training Course: Working with Offshore Test Teams

Description:

This two-day course focuses on developing a strategic approach to distributed test project management, effective communication, bug-database management and metrics, resource evaluation, and successful test execution, as well as many of the “soft” skills needed to lead and manage offshore teams. Implementation and use of test management tools and documentation will also be covered. Application of these concepts will be demonstrated in class examples, discussion and exercises. In this class you learn how to best to prepare yourself for leading and managing offshore teams to maximize test productivity while minimizing quality risks and stress.

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Global Software Test Automation: A Discussion of Software Testing for Executives


Authors: Hung Q. Nguyen, Michael Hackett, Brent K. Whitlock
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Happy About (August 1, 2006)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches

“Software is complex but I’m tired of finding bug after bug that a 5th grader would have turned in. Virtually every technical product these days includes a lot of software. It’s rare that an engineer can write nearly perfect code. Methodical and thorough testing of software is the key to quality products that do what the user expects. Read this book to learn what you need to do!”

Steve Wozniak, Wheels of Zeus, CTO
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Building Babel

Christopher Williams, Ph.D., MBCS

How can IT offshore outsourcing vendors in countries such as India gain knowledge of their western clients such that they become able to work more effectively for the benefit of their clients?

This question lies at the heart of offshore outsourcing, but it is one that is often misunderstood.

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Important Lessons Learned in 10 Years of Offshoring

Michael Hackett

In 2000, offshoring was not a new concept as many large companies had already been offshoring and outsourcing for over a decade. What did change, in the past 10 years was how many companies began outsourcing and how many development tasks were being distributed.

It was not only Texas Instrument and Microsoft sized companies distributing maintenance projects, but it quickly became medium and small sized companies outsourcing or opening their own offshore facilities for varying development tasks, maintenance, new product development, and testing.

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Spotlight Interview: Guido Schoonheim

As CTO of Xebia and highly experienced in offshore testing in India, Guido articulates his methods in addressing common challenges faced by the in-house and offshore teams. He weighs heavily on strategic tactics as well as key cultural aspects to execute efficient and effective Agile methods.

1. I work at a US-based company and we have been offshoring for a few years. We have a good working relationship with the offshore team; the work and communication is good. We are now implementing Scrum and want to continue having these offshore folks on our team. We have been distributing mainly testing tasks to them. What would you suggest is the best work to distribute to them?

The goal of Scrum is to deliver the right fully tested production ready software at the end of each sprint. That means you can no longer hand off testing as a separate phase. Testing now needs to be incorporated as a continuous team activity into your sprints. This means that your offshore testers should become part of your Scrum teams and work with you on getting tasks from “to do” to “ready for testing” to “done.” Creating automated test cases should start in parallel with actual development of features.

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