A Wise Man Once Said…• ‘quality, schedule, or price – choose two’• ‘it’s all about the relationships’
Outsourcing is a Myth• Think of it as investing in a partnership
Is Bigger Always Better? Logo artwork from wikipedia; logos and trademarks are properties of their respective companies
It’s not just about low cost. It’s about the ecosystem.
It’s a Different World• From the ‘geektour’ screening questionnaire: – Do you have a passport? China visa? – Vaccinations (hep A) – Can you haggle? • In Chinese? – Hardiness • Are you vegetarian? Any other dietary restrictions? • Do you have a sensitive stomach? • Anything you can’t eat? • Can you use a squatter toilet? • Do you get car sick? • Does going the wrong way down a freeway make you panic? • How do you handle jet lag? • Do you enjoy beer? – Politics • Are you aware of anything you have done or said that is critical of the Chinese government or its policies?
[Trade] war stories• Be wary of trade barriers – Customs barriers – Regulatory barriers Photo credit: mrswanks via flickr (CC-BY-NC)