Managing Offshore Development Projects: An Agile Approach


an-agile-approachBook Title:  Managing Offshore Development Projects:  An Agile Approach

Author:  Upadrista Venkatesh

Publisher:  Multi-Media Publications, Inc

List Price:   US$ 24.95

Format:  soft cover; 256pages

Publication Date:   2008

ISBN: 9781897326688

Reviewer:      Andrea Carter Barbain

Review Date:              November 2012

Introduction to the Book

This book is based on the Agile project management methodology experiences of the author, Upadrista Venkatesh.  Venkatesh provides very detailed information on how to use the Agile approach to manage offshore development projects.  The basis of the book discusses how a large number of companies are outsourcing software development projects to other countries such as India.  Due to utilizing more offshore resources, companies must find effective ways to communicate and minimize projects risks as a result of having project resources in various locations with time zone differences.  According to Venkatesh, the agile approach can be used to improve the success of offshore software project performance, communication, and success.  The key is selecting the right project that can efficiently utilize the agile model and processes.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure of the book is very unique and well thought out.  The author starts with an acknowledgement section discussing how he is grateful for the interactions through his experiences and people who supported him throughout the book process.  The main portion of the book is divided into ten sections.

The following are the ten sections:

  • A study of the engagement model:  How it all started
  • How to select a project for Agile
  • Resourcing
  • Reduce documentation and create user stories
  • Architecting and designing
  • Setting up the team environment
  • Extended programming and testing
  • Agile quality process
  • Case studies
  • Leader’s orientation

The book begins by discussing the engagement model of how Agile started with background information on the reasons that led to creating the process…

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About the Reviewer

andrea-carter-barbainflag-usaAndrea Carter Barbain, PMP

Andrea Carter Barbain works in the Information Technology (IT) organization at Texas Instruments for 11+ years.   Andrea is an IT business analyst for various sales and internet marketing projects.  Throughout her career she has held several IT roles from UNIX administration, IT team leader, and project manager.   She has a BS degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and a MS degree in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University.  She is an active volunteer of the PMI Dallas Chapter.  In addition, Andrea teaches IT college courses during her extra time as an adjunct instructor and enjoys giving back her time and service to others.  Andrea can be contacted at [email protected].

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