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Outsourcing and Agile? No Problem

Close Collaboration and Communication Can Overcome the Challenges of Distributed Teams

I am an agile evangelist. I believe that by focusing on individuals over processes, agile approaches help to deliver more value to the customer. But some insist agile is a bad fit in an outsourcing environment, where multiple teams from different organizations work together -- often in different time zones. According to VersionOne's 11th Annual State of Agile Report, released this year [2017], 51 percent of respondents who outsource software development projects use agile practices for them. For the others, agile can also work well in outsourced projects -- I've seen it up close.
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