November 23, 2006
Pointing the finger to the guy who isn't the room
This is a very good article on the perception of outsourcing and the natural tendency to point fingers. There are cultural differences at play, this makes for different perceptions and understanding of situations. Is it an elephant, not it's a sheep. The difference between hiring someone for a job requiring creativity while another is strictly technical smarts and the impact it can have. There is also the part where because India/elsewhere is cheaper than the US, people have the reflex they can add people to de-risk their project for the same price, while they are in fact increasing the complexity and their risks. To de-risk a project going offshore there is a big design up front required.