Four years ago, I knew as much about Costa Rica as I did about Aruba or Puerto Rico or a number of other vacation destinations. I knew it as a tropical paradise that was on my list to visit, but that was about it. It wasn’t until one of my clients began assembling a development team in Costa Rica that I came to know about the talented software developers there. I opened our office in Costa Rica in the Fall of ’08 as an alternative to Indian off-shore, especially for clients that wanted to have distributed Scrum teams. I ascribe to Jeff Sutherland’s line of thinking; distributed scrum teams are far more productive than separate teams and give you all of the advantage of off-site workers, while rivaling the velocity of a local team. By having off-site team members in Latin America, our clients are able to better leverage their SME (Subject Matter Expert)s by having them work directly with the off-site developers without having to deal with all of the communication overhead and additional detail in requirements that are usually associated with “off-shore”.
I have been surprised and delighted with the level of work that our Costa Rican office produces and how seamlessly they integrate with our clients’ teams. I’m convinced that Nearshore is the best possible way to augment a local team. I look forward to having this blog as a way to communicate our progress as a consultancy and to pass along technical information that is relevant. Thank you for taking a look!