A step-by-step guideline for deciding whether or not to consider outsourcing (or employing an outside supplier or partner) for part or all of a project.
What this is
A step-by-step guideline on how to decide whether or not to consider outsourcing (or employing an outside supplier or partner) for part or all of a project. The guideline steps through an objective analysis of the rationales for outsourcing in a given situation, identifying all of the work that would be outsourced, deciding how outside work would be managed, considering criteria for selecting appropriate partners, analyzing the risks of outsourcing in this situation, and considering trade-offs to make the final decision.
Why it's useful
Project work is outsourced because a company doesn't have the time, the available resources, the right skill sets, or the domain expertise to do the work themselves and meet certain important business goals. Unfortunately, outsourcing is often viewed as an "easy win," because "someone else will do all that work." In reality, outsourcing any project work brings its own set of risks and costs, and significant interface issues. So the decision to outsource certain project work should not be made lightly! This guideline emphasizes the importance of first stopping to ask "Should we even consider this?" and provides a methodical process for deciding.
How to use it
Anita Wotiz has held high-level management positions at a variety of companies and has transitioned from large, government research firms to small start-ups. With over 20 years of software engineering experience, she is adept at tailoring best practices to meet a company's needs, regardless of size, and at putting in place practices that will reap the most benefit for the cost. Her most recent position was VP of Engineering at a small enterprise application software company. Her years of experience allowed her to understand what works, and, sometimes just as important, what doesn't work. Anita has successfully applied her expertise in growing engineering organizations, defining ownership roles and responsibilities, and identifying interfaces between organizations for success in companies large and small. She holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. She is currently the Coordinator of and an instructor for the new UC Santa Cruz Extension Software Engineering Management program.
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