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Going Offshore with Agile: A First Hand Account with Bryan Dyck

Abstract and Agenda:

Offshoring software development has become increasingly popular over the last 15 years, but many organizations that try it have had mixed results and many are starting to bring their development back onshore. With 9 years of experience working with offshore and onshore teams, Bryan will describe his history in transitioning a remote team from a waterfall methodology to Agile as well as some of the pros and cons in using offshore teams in a distributed Agile environment. We will try to finish the session by discussing what tools and techniques can be incorporated into the development process to help make distributed Agile work and what to watch out for.

About Bryan Dyck:

Bryan is Founding partner, Development manager and CTO of Palantir Economic Solutions Ltd. headquartered in London, England.  He has been developing software applications and solutions for the Upstream Oil and Gas industry for 14 years. Most of his development experience has been focused on evaluations, portfolio management, portfolio optimisation, risk, reserves and data management. Over this time, Bryan has taken a small start-up development team of 2 people using heavy waterfall processes to a large Agile development team of almost 30 people distributed across 5 offices in 4 time zones.  Bryan is a Calgary native, attended the University of Calgary, and now makes his home in London, England.

Additional Details:

This is the sixth session in the Fall/Winter CAMUG season, and our second  of 2013.  Note that to accommodate Bryan's frantic travel schedule, we are going the second Thursday of February (we usually go the first Thursday of the month). Come at 6.00 and enjoy complementary refreshments.  The session itself runs from 6.30 to 7.30.  If you have not attended previous sessions this year, be aware that we have new venue: ICT 516, and that our regular night is now Thursday.


Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor Pason Systems Ltd., the Calgary-based, leading global provider of specialized data management systems for land-based and offshore rigs worldwide.  Thanks also to the University of Calgary for contributing the use of facilities and Intellog Inc. for providing refreshments and sponsorship of the Meetup group.


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  • Khalid H.

    Bryan told a very intriguing story on offshore development while conveying poignant lessons learned from his international experiences. Thank you to Bryan for sharing and Terence and Luu for organizing the event.

    February 16, 2013

  • Eddy W.

    Bryan, thanks for taking the time to share your insights on going offshore with agile. I've experimented in the past with limited success and I've been contemplating offshoring again in the near future. Your shared learnings will be extremely useful for my company.

    February 15, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Very good/candid presentation. Bryan did a great job of talking about his experiences with offshore work and the reasons for doing it.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bryan did an excellent job. Very candid assessment of the benefits and potential pitfalls of offshore development told in the first person in a compelling and interesting way. Thanks you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your experiences and please come back next year and give us an update!

    February 14, 2013

  • Tamer S.

    One of the most interesting sessions. Bryan has a great balance between insight

    February 14, 2013

  • Zabedul Akbar H.


    February 14, 2013

  • andrew b.

    Sorry I'm sick

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woohoo! Last spot. Happy Valentine's Day everyone :)

    February 14, 2013

  • Eddy W.

    I will attend.

    February 14, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Full house? On Valentine's Day? Well done!

    February 14, 2013

  • Holger H.

    Sorry, can't make it...

    February 14, 2013

  • Andre C.

    I'm really sorry but I'll have a conflict at this time that I can't change. I wish you guys have a great meeting though.

    February 13, 2013

  • Dale S.

    Sorry to cancel, seems valentines day is important to someone.....

    February 13, 2013

  • Kris R.

    Valentines Day? Really?

    January 29, 2013

  • Brant L.

    Valentine's day :-(

    January 28, 2013

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