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Hey Jan,

I am an Indian developer myself, and have some experience as an off-shore developer. You make a lot of interesting observations, and I appreciate the effort you have put in to try understanding and solving the problem. A good amount of your observations sound very familiar to me.

I didn't understand one thing from your article, whether you've had outsourced the work to a offshore agency or you have an offshore office in Bangalore? Because that can make a lot of difference in having a more cohesive culture.

Also the off shore team lead and managers can make a huge difference in how good the developers end up working i.e. How is the team incentivised to perform, etc?

Independence: They should feel as a respected team that can make their own decisions.
Confidence: They should be able to speak-up if they see anything thats wrong or in-effective. We tried to point out that we also make mistakes and they should feel free to mention that.

I am also curious to know how did the team do in terms of the above two points you mentioned about coaching.

 

I didn't understand one thing from your article, whether you've had outsourced the work to a offshore agency or you have an offshore office in Bangalore? Because that can make a lot of difference in having a more cohesive culture.

It was an offshore office with about 5.000 employees. What difference does it make in your opinion?

I am also curious to know how did the team do in terms of the above two points you mentioned about coaching.

I wouldn't say bad but unfortunately not very well. I think this is imprinted in their minds so they won't be able to switch that quickly after having worked for years with a different mindset. But maybe it was there managers. We did't have any German over there to really know what went on.

 

It was an offshore office with about 5.000 employees. What difference does it make in your opinion?

I worked as an offshore team through a tech consultancy for a Dutch company, and there was always a hesitation to reach out to Dutch team, as they were our clients and we had a fear of looking bad. Even though the Dutch team would've probably been ok fielding some of our dumb questions, but there was the added scrutiny of our own management that we feared.

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