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Most successful companies have encountered the problem. You’re working on an exciting new project, but you recognize that your team’s numbers and skillset would not actually be enough to cover everything that is needed. Now, there are many possible solutions to this problem.
However, there are two solutions that offer the most promising prospects: One is to completely outsource the project to another company and the other is scaling up your own team using another company’s resources. At Niteco, we have done both successfully for a lot of customers, but today, we’ll take a look at the latter option.
How does it work?
The practice commonly called team augmentation is simple, but incredibly effective: adding people with much-needed skills to your team while they remain employed with the company that offers the augmentation service, i.e. Niteco.
The approach carries some distinct advantages, especially for companies that may need such additional resources more than once. Here are the four most important ones:
You stay in control of who works on the project. Maybe the content or technologies are sensitive; maybe you just want to make sure that everyone does their best; or maybe you’ve had previous bad experiences. Whatever the reason, when you use team augmentation, you stay in full control.
Your employees’ skills don’t go to waste. If you outsource a project, you will not benefit from all the useful skills you paid for your team to acquire in extensive training sessions. Instead, your own developers will be idle while they wait for new work. Not only does that waste resources, it also causes costs.
Your employees will be happier. Going the route of team augmentation gives the signal that you have trust in your employees’ capabilities, you just have to add some numbers when the going gets tough. In fact, this suggests that the company is doing well and may actually hire more people in the future.
Your training costs will be reduced. Since you can add people with the necessary skills on relatively short notice, the impetus isn’t on your company to train them up. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still good practice to keep your employees’ skills up to date, but staff augmentation reduces the urgency of the matter.
With all these advantages and everything in place to ensure efficiency, the combination of your company’s talent and the specialized augmentation staff will be able to work together like a well-oiled machine, making that big project look much more manageable.
Niteco has vast experience in team augmentation, having used the approach with a number of our clients. If you want to know more about how it could work for you, reach out today!