May 28, 2021
There are two established approaches to growing an IT or marketing team – hiring and outsourcing. Sometimes however, neither of these models does the trick. Luckily, there’s a third model that offers the best of both worlds: staff augmentation.
Sooner or later, every rapidly growing organisation will face a challenge – the in-house team is no longer sufficient. Projects keep piling up, deadlines are at your heels, and staff can’t keep up. In this situation, there are two common HR models:
In this article, we’ll introduce a third option, which is to augment the in-house team. But first, let’s briefly look at the two established approaches.
For many companies, hiring a new team member is the most obvious choice. But even though it may seem like the most logical option, the process comes with several challenges:
So, perhaps you should think about outsourcing instead?
In many cases, this model is effective, flexible and profitable for both parties. It’s not flawless, though. Finding and establishing a fruitful cooperation with an external company can take time. After all, the agency has their own office, and their employees work for many clients. They will need some time to familiarise themselves with your business and the project. If you’re running on a tight schedule, this onboarding process can be a deal-breaker.
Thankfully, our third suggestion allows you to overcome these obstacles.
As we mentioned in the introduction, we believe that staff augmentation offers the best of both worlds. With this HR model, you get a mix of full-time employment and outsourcing, which facilitates team scaling. In other words, you can extend your team’s capabilities by getting dedicated specialists (developers, testers, engineers, consultants) who work just for your company, along with your team.
Such interim specialists can be hired on a short-term or long-term contract basis, but without the liabilities of regular employees.
Staff augmentation is a blend of full-time employment and outsourcing, which makes it a very effective model, and flexible, too! You can hire just one specialist or an entire dedicated development team. These experts work side by side with your in-house employees, enhancing their capabilities.
In this model, the interim specialists that land in your office are hired by an external company, typically a software house or a marketing agency. This entity is responsible for:
The external company takes all these responsibilities and formalities off your shoulders. Now, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of this hiring model:
This model is more flexible than full-time employment and quicker than typical outsourcing. Just be aware that there are still some challenges along the way, especially in the beginning. You have to establish rules and requirements around communication, workflow and other processes, for example.
You also need to make sure that the new team is a good match for your company. To help you with this, we have created a checklist.
If you think staff augmentation would work for you, we encourage you to test our team. At NoA Ignite, we are used to working with clients off and on-site and have plenty of experience with staff augmentation services. Our team consists of highly skilled, versatile specialists who will gladly support you with everything related to digital services and products. We are particularly experienced with DXP platforms, large scale web applications and e-commerce.
Drop us a line today, and find out what we can do for you!
Katarzyna Juszczyk is a Front-End Developer with a passion for experimenting, knowing-it-all and encouraging others to share her excitement. She’s been a part of many initiatives promoting Front-End technologies. When she’s not doing Front-End, she’s most likely all about horses or art or horses in art.
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