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by Joel Spolsky
Monday, July 24, 2000

A lot of people are talking these days about international software development: typically, that means that a US company builds a development center in India, where salaries are low and skills are high, to do programming.

I've heard a lot of rumours, and I've worked on one such team myself, but I've never seen a more general analysis of whether it can be made to work.

Have you worked on such a project, either from the US or from India? If so, I'd love to hear some details on whether it's working or not. Is it saving money? How much? What are the problems? What works well? Be brutally honest. This site is not known for pulling punches.

I'll write up an article about it in a couple of weeks.

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