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Share data layer for outsourcing project

We are a small team of programmers, and we are now facing a situation where we have to outsource some of the work in order to complete it in time. Project is about website that was previously build ...
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Old programmer disappeared. About to hire another programmer. How do I approach this? [closed]

After spending over one year working on a social network project for me using WordPress and BuddyPress, my programmer has disappeared, even though he got paid every single week, for the whole period. ...
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IEEE SRS documents: lightweight version when working with outside contractors?

Typically we follow an Agile development process that tends not to put an emphasis on writing requirements and technical documents that nobody will read. We tend to focus our limited manpower to ...
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What are the best practices and strategies for transferring an outsourced software development project in-house? [closed]

What are the best methods of knowledge transfer? What kinds of documentation should be expected? What activities should take place before and after handover, both by the external party and ...
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Can an internally developed fast evolving, agile, short sprint web application lend itself to offshoring?

I have recently been set a target to achieve readiness to successfully manage and deliver results through the usage of offshore teams on our mainline development project within 12 months. Our ...
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Collaboration between client, web designer, and web developer

I am primarily a Web Developer (back end programming) - but intend to offer a complete service to my clients, from concept, to brand design, photoshop mock-ups and everything else in between. I'm ...
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Why do exclusively outsourcing projects as a company? [closed]

A prospective employer told me they took a company level decision to do only outsourcing projects. I do not understand why they took such a decision and the guy I talked to did not elaborate. He ...
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Is it possible to outsource design properly? [closed]

I work in a company going through a downsizing process. It is assumed that a lot of "let go" developers jobs will eventually be outsourced. Some of those programmers had some design to do. Is it ...
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How can a non-technical person learn to write a spec for small projects?

How can a non-technical person learn to write specs for small projects? A friend of mine is trying to outsource some development on a statistics project. In particular, he does a lot of work in ...
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What to look for in an outsourced partner

I'm working in a small startup as the sole developer in my spare time. We might need some more development help and are looking at an Indian company which comes recommended by someone we know ...
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Offshoring a Software Project — Conflict Resolution [closed]

I had been tasked with managing a project which was outsourced to some Ukrainian developers. The company hired them through Elance at a fixed price. At that point my boss left me alone to handle them ...
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Which areas( I.T.) are mostly affected by Outsourcing? [closed]

My parents complain about me choosing a career in IT instead of business since most companies outsource IT nowadays. I always thought IT/Desktop supports are the ones who got outsourced, but it seems ...
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Working with a remote developer

My company is going to hire an external developer to write some simple PHP modules and some minor bugfixing in our software. We have never hired an external developer by the hour before. How can we ...
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Need advice on which route I should take for porting app from Android to iOS [closed]

I have developed this android application and I am looking to port it to iOS. My questions are: 1) I am planning to finance the iOS development with the money earn't from the android sales which is ...
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Are any top software products outsourced? (offshore or otherwise)

Is there any software that is both ahead of the competition and outsourced? By that I mean software products which are big sellers and which are highly reviewed, and developed by an entity outside of ...
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How to deal with an outsourcing company that brings your production system down?

We have a high load SAAS product and due to lack of resources the board has outsouced reporting and OLAP & Warehouse work to a 3rd Party Company. When we started working with them, they ...
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Managing contractors on Github

I want to manage outsourced contractors to help develop our code. The code sits on Github. I wish to use a simplified version of this branching model: ...
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Tools and/or methods for regular Code review of Remote development team

We are outsourcing a development to a small team of offshore developers. Our in house process for code review is manual, paper based, based on a waterfall model requiring "big bang" delivery. It ...
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How to outsource a pet project? [closed]

I have a fairly ambitious software development project that I have no time to give. This project is for my personal life and if completed will save me much time and money. I am a software developer ...
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How to tackle the outside party developement

Currently I'm working on a social networking project whose design is developed by the another company we are dealing with. We informed them that we need a task to be done on high priority to finish ...
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Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal? [closed]

I ask this from everyone's perspective. If you are in America and you outsource to offshore programmers, are you disloyal to your countrymen? If you are in India and you outsource to offshore ...
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How to protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development?

I'm a small company needing to outsource software development. I've written both functional and technical specifications for GUI developers and back-end (C or PHP) developers to implement my software ...
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PCI Compliance with Offshore Developement

I run an offshore development team that produces a host of financial products. We are currently planning the work needed in order to gain PCI compliance. The offshore team is run by an outsourcing ...
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Outsourcing Quality Assurance and Testing [closed]

I was recently approached by a software firm that specializes in Quality Assurance and Testing. Up until this point, the developers at our (small) company have been responsible for their own QA for ...
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What are the pros and cons of outsourcing development and testing to two different companies? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of outsourcing development and testing to two different companies? EDIT: Why do you prefer outsourcing development and testing to different companies or to the same ...
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How do you outsource website design?

I am planning to start a website. I am not good at designing. I am planning to outsource the designing part. How should I do it? Should I program first and then ask the designers to work on it? Or ...
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Scrum and Scrum Master on a global team

I work in a company that runs on a model of using one developer as tech lead (me), with an onshore co-ordinator/developer who co-ordinates the offshore team, and on the offshore team there's an ...
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Should marketing ecommerce departments have their own web developers?

I have seen examples of web design teams sitting under marketing with the development being done in IT. How do other IT depts and marketing ecom depts share the workload for web development in other ...
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outsourcing code review/refactoring

I have a small project (3000 lines in Python) that I wrote myself; it has no known bugs and has some decent parts, but is largely a mess because of my lack of time. Unfortunately, I have to be the one ...
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Recommended requirements when outsourcing xhtml/css site building?

I'm considering outsourcing a part of our web application development project for freelancers, namely the site building part. What I mean by site building is the process of creating the xhtml/css ...
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Tips for / pitfalls of working on an outsourced project [closed]

My company has retained an outside firm to develop an iPhone app for us. As the only internal developer with any knowledge of Objective-C, I've been assigned to develop the relevant APIs on our site, ...
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After an outsourced/offshored application is “completed”, who will do the maintenance?

What is the typical arrangement for the maintenance of applications that are not developed in-house? Note: by maintenance, I mean bug fixes, optimizations, small modifications and future extensions. ...
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Is there a good site to hire programmers for little projects? [closed]

I need to a piece of php code that goes beyond my abilities so I need to hire somebody to do it. It's not really something too long or complex so I wanted to know if there was a straightforward way to ...
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Is outsourcing code more expensive in the long term? Does it harm code quality?

I am aware of a company that owns the intellectual property of a decent software product and makes an excellent income from licensing per annum. However, the director (non technical) complains about ...
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Is it possible to adopt agile methodologies for outsourced projects?

I've had experience as a developer or team lead on several projects that have been outsourced and have seen less than stellar results in all cases. Most of these projects have employed a waterfall ...
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Comparison with an outsourced dev center

We are part of a software company which was just acquired by a larger one. This company has a large development center in India; we are based in Europe. We don't yet know what will happen with our ...
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Reasonable test coverage requirements when dealing with a contractor?

We're outsourcing some work to an external developer, so I'm busy writing up a contract about what constitutes a deliverable. So far I require that the code is shipped with automated tests. But, ...
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Queries on online project outsourcing sites

I have been looking at RentACoder, Freelancer and eLance from last few years but I always hesitated to register at these site. Hesitation includes little worry too. These questions fill me: (1) Is ...
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How to control work of programmers (outsourcers) [closed]

Some time ago I decided to outsource web development projects (php coding & design). I've opened small office abroad with manager and couple of programmers and designer. I just started but already ...
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What can we do to improve the way outsourcing/offshoring works? [duplicate]

These days one only gets to hear the anti-outsourcing argument citing failed projects, lost jobs, cultural differences, communication issues and so on. The success stories, cost savings, shared ...
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Why would you hire in-house software developers instead of outsourcing them to develop a product for your company? [closed]

Why would you hire in-house over outsourcing in developing a product for your company? I can only think of a few but I'm not entirely sure if they're good enough reason. This is actually for a debate ...
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How do software projects go over budget and under-deliver? [closed]

I've come across this story quite a few times here in the UK: NHS Computer System Summary: We're spunking £12 Billion on some health software with barely anything working. I was sitting the office ...