2. Assessing Agility and Distributed Projects

All things are connected. . . .

—Ted Perry, “Speech of Chief Seattle”

Understanding Distributed Development

My neighborhood grocery store currently displays an advertisement that notes,

Computer specialists can be found in India; a grocery specialist is just around the corner.

One message to be taken from this ad is that people may need to go far afield to find experts to build or support technology, but they easily can find everything they want in the way of non-technological expertise locally. I don’t want to argue for or against the cultural bias of this supposition (there undoubtedly are myriad grocery specialists in India, and I know for certain that there are IT specialists by the thousands ...

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