The Global Delivery Model

PMI France Chapter

Roland is senior program manager in France with global delivery portfolio experience, including virtual team delivery.


Practice Areas: IT Project Management, IT Strategy, Quality

Thanks to pressure on prices and the need for increased project capacity, IT project delivery has been transformed into a complex model that utilizes both onshore and offshore activities. This global delivery model can take several shapes depending on the work and responsibility sharing. For about 10 years, I have been delivering IT projects for a major customer in the aeronautical domain for my company. I want to share my analysis with you.

Risk reduction must focus on cost optimization. Quality and planning are directly linked in the organization. The ratio of offshore activities must correlate to the experience of the onshore team—and project complexity. In any model, even if it’s not fully efficient, the ratio of offshore activity must be increased during the project lifecycle. The project plan must address this topic during initialization. (To reduce risks linked to virtual delivery teams, there are many tips…but that’s not the purpose of this article).

Horizontal delivery model
This model is based on a horizontal share of activity in a waterfall project. You just have to set the middle phases of the lifecycle in offshore, and keep the upper and final phases in onshore (in other words, put the technical phases in offshore and keep solution design and validation in onshore, where customer contact is required).

This model is easy to deploy;…

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