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Agile, Offshoring and Dreyfus Model of Learning
By: Udayan Banerjee
Feb. 21, 2013 12:41 AM
If you have any doubt about it just look at the adoption rate … look at the study results published … or just try it yourself.
Offshoring also works!
Again, if you have any doubt, just look at the growth of offshoring … look at the success of the success of the India based IT companies … try to find a reasonably large company which has no offshore presence.
People or Process … which is more important?
If you are into offshoring then the clear winner is process. Almost all large offshoring outfit have focused on process and have adopted SEI-CMMi model. On the same vein, CMMi does not say the people are not important, but the focus is clearly on processes and practices.
But, is this not contradictory?
Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
However, a better explanation can be found in the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition.
If you search the net you will find tons of material explaining what the model is and I have included few of the at the end of this post. However, the simplest and the shortest explanation comes from Seth Godin:
The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition posits that there are five stages people go through:
Offshore Software Development, CMMi and Process Focus
Therefore, it was logical for the organizations to focus on gaining process expertise and the most logical choice was the SEI – Capability Maturity Model (CMMi). The focus was on “Conformance to Requirement”. It was necessary to have more people to do the same work but that could be absorbed through the huge gap of salary.
Every project needed to find at least on expert. That expert could guide the team and interact with the onsite people. Projects which could not find such experts failed badly.
The growth of the offshoring industry have validated this approach.
Agile Methods and People Focus
Agile methods were ideally suited for Proficient software developers. All you needed to do was to…
It is no surprise that agile methods worked and worked very well.
The story of offshoring is not over yet!
Offshoring growth came down from the ridiculous 30-50% per year to more down to earth 10-15%. That allowed more time to have sufficient numbers of Competent and Proficient developers. There are around 2 million ITES professional in India and even if only a small percentage can be classified as Competent and Proficient developers, you still land up with a huge number!
What about the expert?
This might sound familiar to you because this is an condensed and modified version of The Tao of the Software Architect.
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