OT: Computer Science in today's market
revdan at danshafer.com
Wed Aug 24 18:10:29 CDT 2005
My guess is that this is old data. Funny, but old. I know several
companies that outsource fairly complicated software projects that do
involve relatively rich UIs and they report consistently good results
from their outsourcing partners.
In the early days of outsourcing, there was a lot of this kind of
miscommunication but I suspect that in the "several years" that have
elapsed since Jim's experience, the Indian programming world has made
great strides. Read "The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman for an
up-to-date look at this whole area.
On Aug 24, 2005, at 11:16 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Jim Bufalini wrote:
>> Several years ago I had a company that outsourced to India. You
>> can't leave
>> anything to the imagination in the spec. If you do it's guaranteed
>> to come
>> back wrong. And there are cultural differences to deal with that
>> effect the
>> For example, making requests to reorder the prompts on a working
>> screen, so it matches the customer's workflow, elicit disbelief
>> and outright
>> laughter. The programmers can't understand why you would take
>> something that
>> works and change it solely for the convenience of the end user.
> I hope all my clients' competitors outsource. :)
> That last line is one of the funniest things I've read in this
> industry in years. Should be a t-shirt....
> Richard Gaskin
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