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Today, the global information technology outsourcing market is valued at over $556 billion, and it is poised to grow to a whopping $937 billion by 2027. This growth is driven by the fast rise in technology, such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Deep Learning, or Robotic Process Automation. However, one common denominator that drives this growth across all areas is the improved Dedicated Agile Team model.

In this article, we’re going to dive deeper into the dedicated team model and we’ll look at how it compares to the more traditional Staff Augmentation one. Ultimately, you’ll get to choose for yourself which model should be the best choice for your project.
Let’s start by exploring each one of these models and see how they fit into the needs of modern businesses.

The Staff Augmentation Model - specs & advantages

This IT outsourcing model involves hiring an external team that has extensive expertise on the subject/project/domain of a company’s interest and can successfully use their particular talents to cover the specific needs of your team. The developers and managers part of the extended team can work either remotely or in-house, becoming an integral part of your crew. This model is also known as “team extension”.

Staff Augmentation can come as an alternative to traditional in-house hiring. However, you still need to properly onboard and accommodate the new crew into your existing team. Overall, the Staff Augmentation model outperforms the traditional hiring model, especially when deadlines are tight.  However, it falls short when compared to the dedicated model when it comes to deadlines, team cohesion and resource involvement.

Let’s take a quick glance at some advantages of the Staff Augmentation model:

  • It is a very flexible business tool that enables you to quickly respond to urgent business needs
  • It’s more cost-efficient and faster to use it to the detriment of hiring new talent and onboarding them into your team: it involves no recruiting costs, personnel training costs, or development costs
  • You can start working with experienced software developers & managers by simply finding a top software provider instead of investing in a well-polished recruitment process.

The Dedicated Agile Team Model – features & advantages

This IT outsourcing model involves hiring an external partner that can provide your business with a remote software team, fully dedicated to your goals and needs. The developers, product managers, and scrum masters can be handpicked to tackle the specific tasks you have in mind, based on their own level of expertise.

This model comes with the huge advantage of being able to address one of the limitations of software outsourcing: the lack of cohesion and leadership among modern teams. In other words, having a dedicated team by your side will give you the assurance of a job well done, by a team of professionals who know how to work together as a single unit.

This sense of unity brought by this delivery model is particularly important for innovative companies and smart releases, where creativity is key for success. With most other outsourcing models, you can get a good outcome, but you won’t get the level of cohesion, creativity, and teamwork offered by a dedicated team. Add to that the fact that the project ownership scope falls into the responsibility of the dedicated team, which means the end result will be closer to what it’s expected.

The dedicated team can be placed in a remote location. Due to the modern work monitoring tools and communication apps, this “remoteness” factor becomes barely noticeable. If anything, outsourcing a dedicated team in 2021 represents a world without borders, that you can leverage to grow and expand your own products & services.

In our vast experience, we believe a dedicated team should include the following roles: Business Analysts, DevOps Engineers, UI/UX Designers, Software Engineers (Front End, Back End, Architects, Mobile, Embedded, Full-Stack, etc) QA Test Specialists, and Project Managers/Delivery Managers

In terms of advantages for you, the Dedicated Agile Team model comes with the following:

  • You’ll get to work with a team dedicated exclusively to your project
  • This model can successfully tackle complex projects that do not only require advanced expertise, but also a longer development period of time
  • Have a complete team at your disposal that works together to deliver end-to-end projects, with ownership of the scope
  • You get to enjoy full transparency over the project and its evolution, and you also get to maintain complete ownership over it, which guarantees your delivery in a timely manner
  • You can predict costs and stay in control over any unforeseen expenses, plus you can easily replace or add any new roles necessary for the project.

Overall, the Dedicated Agile Team model is considered to be an efficient outsourcing partnership that can be tailored to your unique needs and preferences. The normal duration of one of these business contracts starts from 6 months and depending on the project scope can last up to-3-5 years. The contract can be extended either due to new engagements or because of project extension.

The Dedicated Agile Team model has been proved to be far superior to the standard team augmentation. Of course, the Staff Augmentation is fairly good when compared to the traditional hiring process, but it falls flat when it comes to scalability, team cohesion, and efficiency.

Partner up with a Top Dedicated Agile Team

In 2021, you must go beyond the standard team augmentation model and leverage the true power of partnering up with a trusted Dedicated Agile Team provider. At Tremend, we take enterprise transformation seriously by offering bespoke, high-level software development services to all our clients worldwide.

Team up with a company that comes with over 15 years of experience in Agile development services and unlock your full business potential through digital transformation. Contact us to see how we can help.

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