Is Staff Augmentation the Right Fit for your Business?
Most companies have found themselves in that type of situation. They’re halfway through a development project and then the bumps in the road begin to damage its trajectory.
Despite the fact that each team member on the project is talented in their own areas, they still lack a handful of skill sets in order to fully bring a product to market.
And so to fill in the skill gaps, one of the easiest solutions, and one of the most affordable solutions, is to expand capacity with staff augmentation. Software outsourcing helps businesses plug in world-class talent from across the world whether it be offshore, onshore, or nearshore.
Nearshore staff augmentation is a model that ensures that similar cultural values are experienced and time zones are not too wide apart. These types of qualities drive down the extra work it may take to streamline workflows.
Nearshoring in Latin America, for example, has dramatically expanded over the last few years and grown in popularity for businesses headquartered in the US. In general, more companies are adopting outsourcing, with the IT market forecast to increase by 7.7% by 2027.
Yet for businesses that have never used staff augmentation before, then it’s well worth taking a look at some of the best ways that it can help you, to decide whether staff augmentation is the right fit for you.
Here are some ways in which staff augmentation is able to accelerate the development process.
Meet the necessities of scaling
With any upstart go-getter or startup that is going somewhere fast, scaling tends to be one of the biggest and most stubborn challenges. Depending on the actual scope of the project, it may not actually be possible nor desirable to hire full-timers. And so staff augmentation makes it possible to bring in highly skilled workers for a specific amount of time.
Usually, staff augmentation is less expensive than hiring full-time staff. Of course it’s difficult to forecast exactly how much money will be saved, although 70% of businesses have said that they have made reductions their number one reason for outsourcing.
Assemble the A Team
When you expand capacity with staff augmentation, you are beefing up your already-existing talented full-timers yet now you have broader capabilities. And despite the necessity to dedicate some time for onboarding new team members, you’re going to save so much time during the actual development process, as you’re going to have the required skill sets to successfully complete the project.
Finding specific skills
Let’s face it: it’s hard to actually find the right talent for the right project, especially if it’s a project that hinges on one particular platform or framework. That is the specific gap in business capabilities that staff augmentation seeks to fill by identifying needs and discovering workers who excel in certain skills.
Having the right team in place optimizes the workflow of a project and will discover solutions that may not have been thought about before. Maintaining greater control over the whole project ensures that the external staff (those workers from the staff augmentation agency) is able to adhere to the systems that have been put in place. The whole software development life cycle is enhanced.
So instead of aiming to solve business problems in-house, add a highly-skilled external team who is already experienced with their skills and has proven abilities in working short term on multiple projects.
So is staff augmentation the fit for you?
There are many advantages to expanding capacity with staff augmentation. But it’s well worth keeping in mind that with augmented staff you will get direct oversight. They’re going to be working on specific projects that have been detailed by the company. So if this is a direction that your business would be interested in taking, if scaling in an agile way is compelling, then staff augmentation will always be among the best options available.