Development Needs Analysis
Augmentive has found that many software development organizations have
implemented processes and practices that contemplate a centralized project
structure. A centralized project structure relies on the fact that domain
experts, designers and possibility the constructors are all geographically
accessible to one another. Often this means that critical communication is
conducted in ad hoc conversations that occur in the hallway or over lunch. In a
distributed offshore development situation, projects members are geographically
dispersed and therefore do not have unlimited and unrestricted access to one
another. Consequently, "Let's talk it over at lunch" does not work.
Augmentive works with its customers to define a development process that can
support a distributed development team. Often, minor adjustments to an existing
process or practice can be implemented to enhance the support of a distributed
Listed below are some of the issues that need to be explored and some of the
questions that need to be answered in the analysis of your development process.
Project Management Needs
Do we want a centralized project management model or do we need project
managers at multiple locations?
Given the geographic time differences, do we have project management software
tools that can support our distributed development team?
Domain Knowledge Requirements
What level of functional domain knowledge is required for roles that will be
performed in the offshore group?
How will we build functional domain knowledge in our offshore group?
What ongoing training programs are required to support our development process?
Hand Off Points Within the Development Process
Does our development process have an adequate review process to replace the ad
hoc communication process?
Are the documents we use in our development process adequate to support team
members in remote locations?