There are a lot of books covering multiple aspects of IT offshore outsourcing, running distributed projects, etc.  I thought I will use this page as a running list of books that I find informative, thought provoking, or otherwise worth paying attention to.   Updating the page turned out to be a pain in a neck and I decided to use Amazon store interface instead.  I kept a couple items here and added entire store as a standalone site (WP doesn’t allow embedding it in the page). It is the same list idea, just different UI.  Anyway, here it is –  Nick’s Outsourcing Must Read Selection.

If you have a suggestion please comment on the page I’ll do my best to look at it and assuming that I agree with your assessment will add it to the list, feel free also email me at krym2000-PO@yahoo.com  as well.

The Book Brief Review / Thoughts / Comments

The Services Shift: Seizing the Ultimate Offshore Opportunity

I just started reading this one an already like it. Will update this when I’m done. In meanwhile here is a five star review from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book to read and keep, January 27, 2009 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

By D. Berman (New York, NY)

A fascinating and practical volume that is an excellent road map for those managers wishing to explore the concept and execution of moving parts of their business off shore. While the concept is known to everyone, especially after the last election, most managers lack even the general knowledge to realistically explore the options available. This book takes the beginner and even the experienced international businessman to a whole new level and allows them to rationally judge the value of this potential move.

Additionally the country data will allow any young MBA a great opportunity to impress the boss by giving them the ability to not only suggest the concept but rate the potential targets. In this global economic crisis this is must reading and a book to keep handy.

The Black Book of Outsourcing: How to Manage the Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities

When it comes to outsourcing this book is probably one of the most famous and for all good reasons.  Here is just one of many positive reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Book if you’re going to buy Just
ONE book on Outsourcing
, September 7, 2005 138 of 141 people found the following review helpful:

By James Emory

A ‘must read’ for serious companies considering outsourcing.

Outsourcing is a $6 trillion global industry and is a hot topic not only in business but in the daily papers, where workers displaced complain and employers saving money face the pros and cons of outsourcing. Several books have appeared on the topic, but THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING: HOW TO MANAGE THE CHANGES, CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES differs in several ways. It’s written by a team of experts on the topic who’s been coaching executives on outsourcing practices for over a decade, it explains the values – when conducted properly – of outsourcing, and it tells how to identify the right partners and fine-tune outsourcing relationships. It speaks to the user – not in theoretical or highly technical jargon as most the other outsourcing books available want to do. Full of actionable plans and items. Its like a consulting engagement in a book at a very affordable price. Go for this one if you’re shopping for an
outsourcing book. Trust me, its that much better.

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