Reinforce your in-house team with professionals you lack
Alternatives to Outsourcing:
Extended Team Model
IT Outsourcing is a viable business model aiming to reduce the cost of software development. By hiring a tech partner, you don’t need to build your own, in-house team. But what if you already have one, but you lack a specific role for this one project?
If you grow a product, develop a new feature, scale your operations, you might need some extra help. For projects where it’s not viable to hire another person to fill a gap, consider extended team model.
Like with IT outsourcing, you need to find a software house with a team of professionals ready to join your project. This time, however, you don’t need to hire their entire team – only the roles you lack at your team. Discover the advantages of this approach.
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Extended Team Benefits
Deliver your project on time, without costly recruitment process.
Digital transformation forces companies to employ IT professionals, either in-house, or to implement specific projects.
Speed up delivery
Evaluate your team and get access to the roles you don’t have.
Evaluate your team
First, decide who on your team can be a part of the project.
Get access to top talents
Get access to the roles you lack for this specific project.
Speed up delivery
Start your project fast, without costly recruitment and onboarding.
What is Extended Team Model?
According to Statista, financial and banking, SaaS solutions, consulting, healthcare and media are – besides the IT industry itself – the top industries hiring software developers. More and more companies, especially in those fields, already employ at least a small team of developers to support their projects.
For one-off projects exceeding their capacity, these companies won’t hire the entire team. Hence, IT outsourcing is not a viable option for them. If you’re one of these companies, chances are that you only need support of a small team or even a single person.
If that’s the case, extended team model (ETM) is a solution for you. ETM is a practice of hiring only the roles you need from an IT company, for the project you need them for. This person would work alongside your team, whether remotely or – on some occasions – at your location.
Maintain control over project delivery
Maintaining control over a project is one of the most common doubts for companies seeking IT outsourcing partner. To avoid costly mistakes and poor-quality delivery, you need to source information about many companies before even briefing one about your idea.
With Extended Team Model, you maintain control over your project delivery in-house. A software developer hired externally as an augmentation of your team works within your structures and processes, following your desired project management methodology.
The company from which you hire a specialist has to align with your team, maintaining communication that suits your meetings and deadlines.
How to Choose Your Extended Team?
Choosing an extended team is similar to finding an outsourcing partner. Evaluate company’s portfolio or case studies, check the reviews from previous clients, look up their company profiles and even software developers’ CVs.
Ideally, after sending them brief of your project, they should get back to you with their process and suggestions, but also questions to deepen their understanding of your idea, so they can come up with a solution that is perfect for you.
In all, here’s a quick checklist of what to look for:
- Publications – see if they actively share knowledge and expertise
- Industry recognitions – have they been included by recognised companies or media?
- Client reference – can you find references from their past, or current clients?
- English proficiency – is their language skill sufficient to collaborate with your team?
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Process of software development
We follow a proven process to deliver your project.
Analyse, understand, clarify.
Development or implementation of a solution.
Constantly help and improve.
Software Development Cost
Similarly to custom software development, hiring an extended team depends mostly on the complexity of your project. To calculate this cost, the IT company will take into account an hourly rate and seniority of team members chosen for the project and estimate the project’s duration.
Depending on the company or your preference, the billing method can include Time & Material, or a Fixed Price. The first one is a typical method for product development, as you pay exactly for the work delivered. This approach is more flexible to changing project scope, but it may impact delivery time and budget.
The Fixed-Price contract assumes that the scope won’t change, which transfers the risk to the vendor.
We’re your team of software developers
At SoftwareHut, we’re a team of 200+ experienced software developers, ready to deliver your project. With over 200 projects delivered for our clients, we know our craft when it comes to bespoke software development.
We’re an extended team, which means we can join your project at any time, working hand-in-hand with your in-house software developers. You don’t have a team? No worries, we take on entire projects, too.
We use the best tech on the market
What our clients say about us
Without the help of SoftwareHut we would not have been able to scale as quickly as we did.
SoftwareHut delivered a quality product, resulting in an ongoing partnership. The skill level and quality of work is fantastic as well as the responsiveness for requests. They're worth every penny.
The code delivered by SoftwareHut contributed to increased sales
Their team was well organized and disciplined, delivering exactly what was requested within the timeline and price point that they promised.
They’ve demonstrated their agility every time we had a new requirement
Under high pressure, they were quick to produce a great product, piling together resources at an impressive rate. As their amazing efficiency did not compromise the quality of their work, they've secured future collaboration.
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Do you have any questions?
We’ve covered some of the most frequently asked questions to make the decision easier for you.
Extended Team Model, also called team augmentation, is a business practice of extending your internal team in order to deliver a project for which it is not viable to hire staff permanently.
The project development remains in-house, with your team members still responsible for their assignments. Specialists, hired temporarily as contractors from a tech vendor, join your team and work alongside on their tasks, and are usually billed per hour.
This practice is often described as an alternative to IT outsourcing and is a quick way to scale your team’s capacity.
Extended Team Model is an alternative to IT outsourcing, but these two remain viable solutions in different scenarios.
If you already have an internal team but lack specific specialists for one project and you don’t want to hire new employees full-time, then extending your team with this method is a good idea.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a team or want your project to be fully delivered externally, then IT outsourcing remains good practice for software development.
The primary benefit of choosing Extended Team Model (ETM) is based on quick access to top talents. If you want to just fill the gap in your in-house team for one project or even its part, choosing ETM will help you to start fast.
Other benefits include:
- Flexibility – you decide which roles you need, and when
- Control – you continue to manage the project in-house
- Scalability – if needed, you can hire more specialists
- Cost-optimisation – you don’t have to spend money on the recruitment process