Thursday, December 01, 2005

Neology Corner: Reshoring

I am introducing a new coinage into the wild: reshoring. This is what happens when a project that has been offshored turns out to have been wrongshored (heh); when everything's gone pearshaped and the project is brought back to be sorted out. Sample usage: "Have you heard about Project FFIENNES? They're reshoring it from Bangalore."

Was my coining of this phrase inspired by any specific project I have come across? You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment.

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Blogger LewisC said...

Somebody beat you to it. The first reference to reshoring is in 2004.

Citing problems such as cultural issues, unforeseen expenses, complex logistics, loose security, poor work quality and the subsequent decline in American employees' morale, about 55 percent of the polled companies' executives said they are considering "reshoring," or bringing the projects back to the Untied States.


1 December 2005 at 04:31:00 GMT-8  
Blogger LewisC said...

I meant, the first reference I can find is in 2004.

Didn't mean that was absoultely the first.



1 December 2005 at 04:33:00 GMT-8  
Blogger Örjan Bernt Lundberg said...


So "reshoring" is something that is missing from this
Hope belief and Wizardry paper?


1 December 2005 at 04:55:00 GMT-8  
Blogger Pete_S said...

And then there is 'nearshoring' - my firm does that (but only when right to do so!) So we MAY do USA projects in Mexico, UK projects elsewhere in Europe
Well at least you can speak to someone in the same timezone

1 December 2005 at 05:21:00 GMT-8  
Blogger APC said...

>> Somebody beat you to it.

Lewis, your Google Fu is better than mine: I got bogged down in a whole load of construction industry websites. Still, I am not surprised: it's just too obvious.

Cheers, APC

1 December 2005 at 07:41:00 GMT-8  
Blogger APC said...

>> And then there is 'nearshoring'

As opposed to "near Shoreham" which would be quite a nice idea, especially in summer...

1 December 2005 at 07:55:00 GMT-8  
Blogger LewisC said...

Snatch the pebble from my hand.



1 December 2005 at 19:00:00 GMT-8  
Blogger APC said...

>> So "reshoring" is something that is missing from this
>> Hope belief and Wizardry paper?

Actually no. Reshoring is generally the anti-pattern to Buy Cheaper Resources :)

Top paper by the way, thanks for posting the link. There aren't many papers on modern Project Mgmt techniques that make me laugh out loud on the Northern line at rush hour. Although some of it is too true to be funny.

6 December 2005 at 02:20:00 GMT-8  
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