Sunday, December 24, 2006


Visiting an Offshore Training Camp for Programmers...

Noted author Yakov Fain recently visited a training: Genghis Khan, a school for rookie (freshers) offshore programmers located in the remote mountains of northern Mongolia. Here is what they teach in terms of dealing with Overseas Employers 101...

Here are some of the notes from class:

I am a believer that America should share their wealth with other nations. The real question is whether we should share with India whom is thousands of miles away and in doing so results in a net loss of high-paying IT jobs instead of sharing with countries such as Costa Rica, Trinidad, or Jamaica whom if we did the same action, would result in an increased amount of high paying jobs in America.

Sadly, America is going down the shitter, not because of outsourcing but because of the lack of strong technical leadership in corporate America. Magazines such as CIO continue to talk about the need for IT executives to understand the business. While this is true, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't also understand technology. If they did, then even when someone sends you a status, you will know if it makes sense.

Sadly, the vast majority of enterprises don't have a sound strategy for identity management. Maybe if vendors such as Sun and Oracle stopped selling identity management software strictly by pontificating about SoX and instead started talking about increased productivity especially in a turbulent environment like outsourcing where the amount of folks coming and going tends to minimally double and in many cases triple, then we would be onto something. Hopefully, Pat Patterson will get his peers to understanding outsourcing as a component to identity management and stop strictly focusing on Project Management.

Here is the funny thing about this statement. The person in the U.S. may not have even coded for years and are entirely putting on a front in hopes of stimulating action. Too bad, the outsourcers realize this. The only saving factor nowadays is if everyone in the US truly knows how to code. Secondarily, the bigger problem is in terms of writing requirements which many shops have no clue on how to do as our cultures are based on keeping things at a high-level and indoctrination. If IT executives continue to keep things so high-level, the outsourcing firms will own you. We must have strong technical leadership to overcome this problem.

Sadly, I cannot say in good faith that this is a tactic solely used by outsourcing firms. In fact, I would probably encourage many of my enterprise architect peers at other organizations to do the same as this does result in a productivity increase from an individual perspective and frees up time to work on things that are more meaningful. My mantra is that if an enterprise believes it has a communications problem, maybe the enterprise needs to figure out how to communicate less and that the root cause is probably information overload.

I am of the belief that if someone had the opportunity to travel from India to work with James McGovern they would be an idiot to not jump at the chance. For everyone else, I agree.

As Cuba Gooding would say, show me the money! I would say though that changing jobs every three months to be a little extreme but if you have worked for the same employer for more than two years, you are not only missing out on promotion opportunities but a boatload of cash. Take the rupees and run...

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