Despite staff augmentation becoming an increasingly popular model in the past few years, it’s actually been around for quite a long time.
It’s been around for such a long time because it’s a simple solution: it bridges the skill gap within a company with a specialized team that can be deployed on a project-specific basis.
As an outsourcing strategy, staff augmentation expands a company’s capacity in a specific skill for a specific amount of time. It’s a common alternative to hiring full-time employees as it blends the perks of highly-skilled workers with the flexibility of outsourcing.
When we say that staff augmentation is an increasingly popular choice, it is hot red in the technology sector. In fact, the sector has a worker turnover rate of 40% and so staff augmentation helps to counteract this strong trend.
So what are the ways to make staff augmentation work for your company?
When implemented in the right way, staff augmentation is a highly effective model. Here are ways in which you can expand your capability in the right way.
- Detect skill gaps in the company
Carrying out an in-depth check of the teams within your organization can be vital in giving you knowledge of where the gaps lie in skill set. Skill audits like this can be conducted when designing plans for a new project, for example. Then once you’ve highlighted these gaps, decide whether they are gaps that need to be filled permanently for the long term or filled for a short-term basis – i.e. would these skills be needed beyond their use in a specific project?
- Use with limited, time-specific projects
The staff augmentation model functions best when it’s implemented with a project of a specific time scale. For example, if you’re replatforming your ecommerce site to Salesforce Commerce Cloud (SFCC), then you can hire a consultancy with SFCC capacity. Or you are upgrading your website that is hosted on Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), then you can hire a consultancy with AEM capacity.
- Vetting your ideal partner
When you have discovered the specific sets of skills that your company is lacking, you then move onto seeking out the ideal tech partner. This partner is going to be tasked with supplying you with their top talent with the right skills for your pending project. And so thoroughly vetting them will ensure that you begin the project on strong foundations.
Being hired on a short-term basis, staff augmentation has the additional benefit of having more experience when it comes to working on similar projects to the one that you are undertaking – which means their skills, expertise, experience with difficulties and finding solutions. All of the good stuff that is required to pull off a great project. Developers encounter digital demons and multiple obstacles all the time, and when they’re overcome, they bank these experiences and store them for when they enter their next project.
Whether your company is kicking off a new project or renovating an existing project, it requires a well-developed process if you’re going to squeeze the most out of your team. ArganoUV is a tech consultancy that specializes in ecommerce solutions, in particular Salesforce Commerce Cloud as well as content management systems, in particular Adobe Experience Manager.