Outsourcing Bad Idea No 16: A Gun To The Head.
In this Practical Software show, SEP group member Venkatesh Potdar, a Project Manager at Adtran, talks about how important it is to build a partnership with outsourcing teams. He points out that you can’t just throw things over the wall and expect success. This kind of collaboration requires trust and respect and simply won’t work with a gun to the head mentality, treating the outsource team like laborers to whom you can just issue demands.
Venkatesh also explains why it is sometimes better to just go the whole way to actually set up a permanent office abroad to hire your off-shore team as direct employees. If you are going to be making a long term commitment to a team that is sufficiently large anyway, then why not just bring them on as actual members of your company?