Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Outsourcing. From the origin to the present

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SCRUM for Housewives

When I get to know something new and complicated I am trying to explain by comparing with resembling process from day-to-day life. So when I’ve heard about SCRUM I tried to compare the technology with something that I knew very well. Thereby here is a new explanation: SCRUM or sewing a dress.
When I want to order a dress I do it like this:
There is a Scrum master-the owner of the atelier, which was chosen
Product Owner –this is me.
Team- they are the tailors, that will sew the dress
Product Backlog – it is my preference in material, color, fashion, and others.
We are making a Sprint Backlog on the first meeting and the Team is beginning to make a sprint. I will see the results on the first fitting. If something doesn’t fit-we just discuss the problem and find the decision, just like in SCRUM.
Another example of SCRUM methodology is cooking. Dividing the process into iterations (time for cutting, boiling, adding the ingredients etc).
We have to add everything during the process and we have to taste all the time what have we cooked. (the only difference with SCRUM is that we are not able to playback, when we overdid the salt or pepper=))
Any other ideas?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Scrum Advantages

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

10 outsourcing trends in 2010

It was a long year of intense ups and downs in the IT outsourcing industry. Consolidation among vendors and interest in remote infrastructure management increased, while overall outsourcing demand and IT services pricing decreased.
The market for IT outsourcing is expected to rebound a bit in 2010, say industry watchers.

Monday, March 1, 2010

If you're stupid, it's not Google's fault

Three out of four people surveyed said they think using the Internet is making us smarter, not more stupid, according to a study jointly done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. The question was posed in reaction to tech author Nicholas Carr's cover story in a 2009 issue of The Atlantic Monthly -"Is Google making us stupid?" Read more here

Genius minds in Ukraine


Choosing your outsourcing partner? Think creatively and thoroughly.
In this post i gathered some interesting facts about genius minds in Ukraine.
Ukraine produces the fourth largest number of academic graduates in Europe.
In Ukraine, the number of higher educational institutions of III-IV accreditation levels is 315, including 223 state-owned ones, of which 41 is situated in Kharkiv.
Ukraine is taking part in Bologna process.
Results of participation of Ukrainians in International Mathematical Olympiad

Year
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
Result
15
6
22
9
11
14
20
8
13
12
8
6
18


Results of participation of Ukrainian team in International Olympiad in Informatics.
2008 – 1 silver medal, 2 bronze;
2007 1 golden medal, 1 silver medals, 2 bronze medals;
2005 – 2 golden medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal;
20031 golden medal, 2 bronze medals;
2000 – 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal;
1998 – 1 silver medal, 2 bronze medals;
1997 – 2 bronze medals;
1996 – 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal;
1999 – 2 bronze medals;
1995 – 2 bronze medals;
1994 – 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal;
1992 – 1 silver medal, 3 bronze medals;
Ukrainian students took part in South-Eastern European Mathematics Olympiad for University Students with International Participation in 2008 and won 3 golden medals, 4 silver medals, 1 bronze medal.
Ukraine won second place in 1st,5th, 7th, 8th, 9th International Scientific Olympiad on Mathematics, 5th place on 3rd International Scientific Olympiad on Mathematics.
Ukraine is possessing 4th place at TopCoder’s Algorythm Contest
Ukrainian Team (from Lviv) occupied 4th place in ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest - 2008, sponsored by IBM (ACM-ICPC).
As a conclusion, I would advise you to look for your business opportunities wherever possible, - for instance, when selecting your nearshore software development partner. Knowing facts, that your rivals don't know, will give you great competitive advantage.