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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tim Lister, Peter Hruschka, Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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80. Offshore Follies

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Dazzled by lower labor rates, the executives launch an offshore development scheme that increases the complexity of communication among development sites.

One of the most reliable ways to elicit a debate among software managers is to bring up the topic of offshore development. Over the past fifteen years, the use of offshore software development and support teams has gone from fringe fad to industry staple, while remaining controversial. Some managers see offshore development as the inevitable path forward, while others see it as a desperate move by clueless cost-cutters. Still others see it as a potentially useful tool that ...

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