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Posted by Diego Lo Giudice on November 29, 2012
Agile and Lean transformations depend to a great extent on cultivating a good sourcing ecosystem. The decisions you make around the partners and providers supporting your transformation and projects will be at the core of a successful strategy. But sourcing strategy needs to go beyond just resource or services providers (read outsourcing) and address a larger ecosystem made of Agile SW development and delivery choices, collaboration and communication capabilities for distributed teams, and teams' physical work spaces, standard equipment, and office layout.
In September, I published a report on how to source your Agile strategy, that describes what the ecosystem looks like and how to navigate it effectively, the document is part of our larger research container on Agile - The Agile and Lean Playbook. The report gives an overview on how large vendors, SIs, and medium to small consulting organizations can (not) help you with your Agile journey but also what you need to do to be successful. Here are some of the takeaways from the research:
I'd like to add a few sentences on the distributed Agile issue. Agile adoption keeps growing, although only 27% of organizations have scaled Agile to the enterprise; some of these are distributed and have some form of outsourcing. However, distributed outsourced Agile is not easy. Because Agile requires a frequent feedback loop and a rigorous development process with the tight involvement of the product owner that MUST be from the business, the pain of distributed outsourcing often becomes an impediment. Agile is in fact contributing to the growing trend of localization of application development work versus off shoring (especially if very remote). There are also more reasons for this happening, but it's a new trend that with looming economies governments don't dislike.
Download the webinar I gave on Monday, December 3, where I discussed how to rightsource your Agile ecosystem, submit an inquiry, or share your experience here with the community on how you are sourcing your Agile efforts.
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