The dedicated team model in outsourcing is an advantageous choice for long-term cooperation when a large volume of work is expected.
This model is suitable for companies that plan to cut expenses by means of using dedicated developers.
In order to achieve the objectives, the client (investor) finds and forms a team of highly qualified specialists which meets the requirements of the project and allows to accomplish the planned amount of work.
While working over a complex project, it is not recommended to change developers. Therefore, the agreement generally states that team resources are reserved at a particular draft. Programmers can participate in the project both on a full and part-time basis. The client’ objective is to provide the planned workload. The project budget depends on the programming technologies and the required level of developers.
Who should use a dedicated team model
The dedicated team model is appropriate for clients who are aware of the complexity and pitfalls of own project development and those who are willing to invest in gradual and continuous development of a quality product. The team as the presenter of all technologies, architecture, experience and knowledge within the project development is the main underlying factor.
The client should know that setting up a new product is an iterative process when development includes a large number of stages. A team is the most valuable asset as a group of people initially working on one general idea of the product is the foundation of a successful and profitable product. There are several major advantages of dealing with the dedicated team model.
Cutting expenses for search and recruitment
There is no need to search for people who will participate in the project. Usually an outsourcing team provides all staff required to implement the project. In this case the client communicates with a manager in the outsourcing company and discusses the details. Of course, there are additional savings on workplaces, office expenses, trainings and introduction to the policy of the company.
A minimum time gap between the decision to set up a project and the actual start of work is the advantage of a dedicated team. Having the whole team in one place, makes planning and preliminary procedures easier. It is assumed to have minimum time intervals between the releases of the product as well as continuous implementation of new features. Such releases can act as a stimulus for the team interested in following the scheduled deadlines. Thus, sticking to the plan and objectives contributes to a long-term development of the project and mutual cooperation between the client and the dedicated team.
Flexible interaction including changes of requirements
The client determines dedicated team’s workload and has complete control over its activities. The project schedule may include various tasks. It is implied when changing project requirements or task priorities is expected (it will be easy to change the direction). Direct communication between the team and the client is a key factor in any software development project. Members of a dedicated team don’t have a psychological need to hide possible problems in product implementation, which enables the client to react quickly and make decisions when necessary.
Better staff management
The client can adjust strength of the team by engaging/dismissing professionals on previously agreed terms. Level of team proficiency, experience and knowledge of its individual members and their teamwork is another important factor. For example, only those employees who joined the company recently need some time to adapt to a new team. An efficient dedicated team hired for the task will become the best option in such situation.
The complete structure, distribution of social roles and specific approach to each employee allows to start the project without a delay. Such team can be reduced to 1-2 specialists after completion of the primary project stage to maintain and upgrade the code. If new large-scale deployments are necessary, the outsourcing team can be re-expanded and the specialists working with the project will be able to transfer their experience to a new team. This cooperation/pricing model is also applied in cases when the client/investor must increase the number of own employees, but only for a specified period and for specific tasks.