Archive for August, 2007

30
AUG
2007

Fall events focusing on Ukraine as an offshore outsourcing location

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The 3rd Annual Ukrainian Outsourcing Forum will be taking place in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 1, 2, 2007.  The annual event is organized by the Ukrainian Hi-tech Initiative and features a wide range of outsourcing vendors, two full days of presentations, and Matchmaking between those interested in working with Ukrainian vendors and the vendors that most meet their needs. Click here for more information:

A first time event which is coming up rapidly and is focused on Central and Eastern Europe is the Central & Eastern European Outsourcing Summit which will take place in Kyiv between 12 and 14 September. Ukraine as well as Belarus and Russia will be featured. Click here for more information. The event is sponsored by IT Ukraine, a consortium of Ukrainian Outsourcing providers.

Categories: Events, Outsourcing Ukraine |

30
AUG
2007

Emmy Gengler to speak at PMIs Northern California 2007 Symposium

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) Symposium sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of PMI is taking place Monday, September 17th, in San Francisco:

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA

Emmy’s presentation is titled: Managing Distributed Software may not be for everyone but it could be for You!

While not quite the dirty word that it once was, offshoring, whether outsourced or with an internal team, is still misunderstood. What is even more misunderstood is the importance of the role of the Project manager who is responsible for getting the most out of a remote team. There is more to this role than thinking that you will be up every night late working with the team in order to make sure that work is getting done. Is it a role for you, and how would you go about carrying it out?

In late 2006, an article in McKinsey Quarterly, “Splitting Demand from Supply in IT”, which may have you thinking about a role you can play in an industry increasingly being supplied globally. The growing number of advertisements for those who are familiar with working with offshore teams may also have you thinking and wondering. Do you have the skill set necessary and if not, how do you go about making it work.

This presentation aims to:

Dispel the myths associated with managing remote software development,  

Assist a Project Manager in determining whether or not managing a distributed team is for them (beyond the usual question of; do you like to chat and see people face to face or can you work with a team that you never met),

Give practical methods for building trust long distance,

Zero in on the key differences between managing a co-located team versus a distributed or virtual team (there are but a few, most practices are needed for both types of teams),

Analyze the hype of cultural differences when managing a remote team, how can culture really affect the project you are working on?

Ms. Gengler is a member of the Project Management Institute San Francisco chapter and Kyiv, Ukraine chapters.

The focus of this year’s PMI symposium is: “New Horizons in Project, Program and Portfolio Management” – Identifying and applying Project Management Best Practices, Methodologies, and Trends that Enable Organizations to Succeed in a Global Economy. For further details go to the PMI site for the San Francisco chapter.

Categories: Events, Outsourcing Offshore |

21
AUG
2007

Softjourn client – Preferred Energy Services – interviewed for US Business Review

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Softjourn client, President & Founder, Rick Kohl, of Preferred Energy Services was interviewed by U.S. Business Review magazine, about the savings they provide their customers on their telecommunications and utility bills as well as the next phase of development; the new online service Softjourn helped Preferred Energy create.

Categories: Outsourcing Offshore, Outsourcing SMB's |