Off-shoring is a common practice nowadays. It promises a number of benefits such as easier access to talent, cost savings, and more. However, close to 50% of off-shore projects fall short of delivering the expected level of quality. How do we enjoy the benefit from off-shore teams while hedging ourselves from the dangers? As usual with complex software processes, the answer is multi-faceted. The right approach to off-shoring must include all the stages of the engagement, from choosing the partner to project closure. During this session, we will review the most important aspects: defining the criteria for choosing an off-shore partner and selecting the partner, setting up management procedures, managing project assets, project closure, and more. Special attention will be given to integrating off-shore teams into the existing work process and to the criteria for deciding which jobs are worth doing off-shore and which are better keep in-house.


Michael Yudanin is the CEO of Conflair, a QA and testing company. He has been working on automating tests for mobile devices since before mobile apps and smartphones became commonplace. Michael developed RealMobileTM, a unique approach to using common automation tools to automate testing of mobile apps and websites. Among the large enterprises that have benefited from this approach to mobile testing are Home Depot, Bank of America, The Weather Channel, and Spirit Airlines. Michael is a frequent speaker at testing conferences and regularly delivers classes on test planning, requirements management, test automation, XML, web services testing, and other subjects.