Extended team

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 cost of software development. By hiring a tech partner, you don’t need to build you 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 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.


Fill the gap


Lean approach


On-demand scaling


Remain control


Start fast


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 – in 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 you 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 tahat 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?

We can join your project to support your team



Analyse, understand, clarify.



Development or implementation of an IT solution.



Continually help and improve.

Software Development Costs

When allocating a budget for Business Intelligence tools, you should consider several factors. Some of these can be the degree of implementation, the size of your organisation, which impacts on the deployment size, as well as the number of enrolled users. 

Business intelligence pricing levels may depend on the level of activity and implementation, however, the financial offsets due to savings should also be highly considered. Thus, business intelligence cost savings are substantial when considering the functionalities and their advantage over manual processes.

 With respect to the BI software costs, there is the requirement for an initial fixed investment. Within these initial costs, is the hiring of dedicated software engineers who will establish and customize a solution for your organisation. This model is then free of subscription costs, ensuring a long-term prudent investment.

We’re your team of React Native developers

At SoftwareHut, we’re a team of 200+ experienced software developers, ready to develop or implement your software with React Native. With over 200 projects delivered for our clients, we know our craft when it comes to custom 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. Don’t have a team? That’s ok, as we can take on entire projects for you.

IT professionals

projects delivered

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Do you have any questions?

We’ve covered some of the most frequently asked questions to make your decision as straightforward as possible.

Extended Team Model definition

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.

Is Extended Team Model better than Outsourcing?

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 benefits of ETM

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

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