Spug: Over the past few weeks I have been managing an outsourced Notes development.
All: Hey what was it like?
Spug: Well, they were a bit dodgy to be honest, deadlines were promised and missed; agents with no option declare; still using navigators; no authors fields and all editors in ACL; some BIG assumptions about the clients setup that kind of exposed their lack of knowledge.
All: That doesn't sound good, were they cheap?
Spug: Well they did the whole job for 200 Benson and Hedges so I guess so.
All: How did you communicate?
Spug: It was all done with Skype and sametime for demos. Sametime is a bit dodgey IMHO.
All: Were there any language problems?
Spug: No, because the contact was an expat englishman. He sounded a like he'd been up all night on the marching powder most times, and all the developers were called lulu or la-la. I am assuming they were all Ladyboys.
All: So would you recommend them?
Spug: No. Not because I think outsourcing is evil, it is just that they were unprofessional and their code did not blow my hair back. I wanted it all to work, honest, as it would have been handy to have the option if my company needed it; trouble was they were shite and I didn't trust them. I think you have to be on the top of your game to be an outsourcer.
All: So do you still think we are all tomorrow's TV repairmen?
Spug: You bet I do you. We are all doomed and will wallow in the cess pool of out own making.