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Empowering Developers: The Software Estimation Hotseat

Software estimation is notoriously difficult. Developers loathe estimating because it puts them in a losing situation. If they underestimate a project, they risk an unhappy client or loss of profit. However, if they overestimate a project or add a bunch of ‘safety padding’ to the schedule, they run the risk of scaring off the client

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Impressions from Lviv IT Arena 2016

Overall L’Viv IT Arena 2016 conference was informative and interesting, though I had mixed feelings about the venue. The city of L’Viv, on the other hand, is wonderful and fits perfectly into SourceSeek’s formula for a great IT location.

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Contracts with Russian Teams: Interview with Gene Taschkinov

Dave sat down with Gene Tashkinov (Silicon Gene) in Moscow recently for some perspective on how Russian software teams often interpret contracts differently than their US clients. When your Russian software team considers your agreement to be more of a guide than a formal contract, it can easily affect your project and your ongoing relationship with them.

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Four Reasons Expat-Run Software Teams Aren’t Always Best

If there is one type of offshore development team that always gets my attention, it’s the expat-run software team. In theory, this model combines the savings of offshore development with familiar western leadership and management – a perfect combination. That is, except when it’s not.  Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and

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