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Outsourcing Responsibility

George V. Neville-Neil

back to top  Dear KV,

I have been assigned to help with a new project and have been looking over the admittedly skimpy documentation the team has placed on the internal wiki. I spent a day or so staring at what seemed to be a long list of open source projects the project team members intend to integrate into the system they have been building, but I could not find where their original work was described. I asked one of the project team members where I might find that documentation and was told there really is not much they need to document, because all the features they need are available in various projects on github.

I really do not get why people do not understand that outsourcing work also means outsourcing responsibility, and that in a software project, responsibility and accountability are paramount.


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