Team Extension

If we’re talking about companies in the USA, the UK, and western Europe, it's not a secret that they have faced challenges in hiring a complete development team for their projects. The search for dedicated teams and full-time developers can take months and eventually end up with failure because of the ever-growing struggle for human resources. The best-of-breed developers can be easily snatched away by the more competitive companies. The situation is particularly desperate when it comes to startups and small & medium-sized entities. Fortunately, things are not all that bad. There are some great engagement models that are extremely beneficial for such businesses, not only in terms of great human resources acquisition but also in the associated cost reduction. One of such models is team extension.

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Benefits of a team extension

Team extension alongside with the core functional team can be extremely beneficial, some of its advantages are as follows:

An opportunity to focus on the tasks of high priority

With an extended team, routine tasks can be done efficiently and without drawing the core team away from the important work.

Better growth opportunities

If your in-house development team works on current projects, you can forward your new software projects to the extended team.

Significant time saving

There is no need to waste tons of time for stuff recruiting and management.

An improved cost to effort ratio

An extended team can be employed time-based or task-based according to your requirements. It helps enhance harmonization and transparency as well as save some money.

An ability to meet deadlines

Thanks to team extension you have an opportunity to get the resources you need to complete tasks on time and deliver a product without delays.

Reduction in staff fluctuations

Since an extended team becomes a significant part of the organization, it reduces the staff turnover rate and leads to streamlined operations.

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What is an extended team?

An extended team is usually hired to assist a core team with particular tasks. Hired experts are not necessarily involved in the project development process from the very beginning till the end. Required specialists can be engaged for a particular period of time or to perform a particular task of the project. In other words, team extension is a great way to fill the gas in your in-house team and get required professional services.

Specialists you can extend your team with

Collaborating with Devico, companies can take advantage of the team extension engagement model by getting access to the rich talent pool which means that the most varied IT specialists with vast experience and a high proficiency level are at their disposal. Including:

Developers (front-end, back-end, full-stack);

QA engineers (manual and automation);

PM;

BA;

UI/UX designers;

Smooth and easy onboarding;

Creativity and innovation;

DevOps.

Team extension versus Dedicated team

While being fundamentally different, team extension and dedicated team are two popular engagement models that deserve particular attention. So let’s have a closer look at them and figure out how they differ. The dedicated team model suggests hiring a full-equipped and manned team consisting of a whole range of specialists including developers, designers, QA engineers, business analysts, project managers, etc. It is a viable option for complex, large-scale, and long-lasting projects that need plenty of resources as well as end-to-end engagement, starting from collection of requirements to product testing and launch. The team extension model suggests the enlargement of your in-house team with specialists whose services are currently needed. Hired specialists usually easily onboard a project and closely cooperate with the in-house team. Team extension is a perfect engagement model to:

Carry out non-core tasks;

Fill existing skill gaps especially for one-time needs;

Scale up an in-house team in order to meet strict deadlines;

Get required human resources within a short time period;

Work on backlogged tasks.

Cost-effectiveness always matters

Cost-effectiveness is a key advantage of the team extension model. For this reason, we have decided to highlight it in a separate paragraph in order to draw more attention to it. Team extension can be indeed budget-friendly for any company of any size. As long as you can extend your current team with highly professional specialists on a time basis or task basis, there is no need to pay salary on an ongoing basis compared to the full-time employees. In other words, you pay only for the particular services or completed tasks. Besides, you can cut corners on expenses related to the recruitment process, perks and benefits, equipment, license fees, workplace setup, and many others. Moreover, if you consider collaboration with an offshore company you can enjoy much lower service rates that do not come at the expense of quality. For example, the services of software companies from Eastern Europe or Asia are traditionally cheaper than those in Canada, the USA, or Western Europe.

Virtual team extension

Globalization has effaced the boundaries between the countries and continents and united the whole world. Now any company can hire employees from different corners of the world virtually using Internet-related technologies.

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We are a leading technology solutions and services provider from Ukraine, having a large team of developers and QA specialists. Since 2011, we have been providing our development and QA services for clients from all over the globe. 300+ startups, small companies, and large-scale enterprises have already availed themselves of our services and highly appreciated them. Our team consists of 100+ highly-skilled professionals from different IT sectors. Our 9 years of experience and profound knowledge cover a wide array of industries such as education, finance, travel and hospitality, e-commerce, healthcare, manufacturing, gaming, media and entertainment, logistics, and so on. We offer effective solutions to our clients who are eager to minimize the expenses associated with employee management. Our array of offered engagement models includes dedicated development teams, non-dedicated teams, extended teams, tech support, nearshore teams, offshore teams, and mixed teams. Depending on the nature of the assignment and circumstances, we suggest the most suitable model for your project.

An extended development team makes it really possible for the customers to be sure that the work is done according to their particular needs and goals.

Our extended team can provide a complete spectrum of services throughout the software development life cycle, including architecture design, programming, software development, code review, QA consultancy, software testing, and customer support.

Our specialists easily adapt to your workflow and work as an in-house division of the organization. Our handpicked team of developers and IT experts can work on the realization of short or long-term projects of large conglomerates.

In-depth knowledge and rich experience of our team help our esteemed clients to considerably reduce operational costs, increase savings and produce products of high quality.

You get an ecosystem consisting of industry and domain experts to help your in-house development team achieve goals faster.

You can save up to 60% of your total operating expenses. You will get the best domain experts to work on your product.

With an extended outsourced team, you do not have to worry about infrastructure, process setup, employee training, HR management responsibilities, and other operational issues. We will take care of all this stuff for you with our standard time-proven practices so that you can focus on your core business tasks.

We have a highly qualified team of developers and QA engineers with a high expert level and experience across various technologies and domains.