Offshore Software Development

Offshore Software Development



Offshore Software Development
It is​ a​ well known fact that the​ offshore outsourcing (or any type of​ outsourcing for that matter) carries known and unknown risks .​
The important thing is​ to​ find out if​ your offshore outsourcing provider is​ aware of​ these risks and has a​ plan to​ either mitigate it​ or​ eliminate it​ altogether .​
The top 5 risks of​ offshore outsourcing are as​ follows:



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Requirement (Mis)understanding
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Many times it​ happens that the​ requirements get written in​ a​ hurry to​ get the​ project started as​ soon as​ possible .​
This is​ okay if​ the​ project is​ being done inhouse .​
However if​ it​ being outsourced,​ it​ becomes a​ risk .​
If the​ specifications are not written properly or​ are incomplete or​ do not have enough details,​ the​ project will have problems on​ various fronts such as​ Project Understanding - what needs to​ be done and delivered,​ Project Planning - putting together firm dates for delivery,​ Change Controls - lots of​ change control will be generated later on​ in​ the​ project life cycle,​ which could obviously delay the​ project as​ well as​ increase the​ cost.
Per the​ study conducted by Software Engineering Institute,​ not enough understanding or​ the​ clarity around the​ customer requirements is​ one of​ the​ top reasons on​ why software projects fail or​ get delayed.
In order to​ mitigate this risk,​ make sure that your provider has gone through the​ requirement understanding phase before starting the​ coding phase .​
The requirement understanding phase should have multiple rounds of​ discussion with all the​ parties involved to​ fully understand and document their requirements in​ the​ Software Specification Documents .​
This phase is​ independent of​ technology selected for the​ project .​
For the​ web based projects,​ the​ provider should also prepare the​ HTML mock-ups which is​ an​ excellent way to​ capture the​ application flow .​
[These mock-ups should get reused during the​ coding phase for embedding the​ application method calls.]

The first phase of​ any software development project must be the​ Requirements Development .​
The objective of​ the​ Requirements Development phase is​ to​ gather the​ needs of​ the​ customer and translate that into requirements specification of​ what the​ system must do .​
Requirements Development consists of​ three related activities:

Analyzing Requirements,​ which is​ about determining the​ acceptability,​ implement ability,​ and testability .​
Inspecting Requirements,​ which is​ accomplished by discussing the​ proposed requirement in​ detail .​
The goal is​ to​ identify the​ issues and errors related to​ the​ requirements ambiguities or​ discrepancies .​
Gathering User Requirements,​ which is​ accomplished by interviewing the​ potential users about the​ system they want,​ building the​ interactive prototypes,​ writing the​ Requirement Specification documents .​

The deliverable from this phase is​ a​ detailed requirements document which should get jointly reviewed and signed off .​


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To find out more about how Hanu Software can help you​ grow your business,​ give us a​ call at​ 6099452242 or​ visit our web site www.hanusoftware.com




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