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Team Extension Model or Dedicated Development Team – who are they and why do you need them?
If you answered yes for any question you definitely must read this post.
In this article you’ll learn about:
- What does TEM and DDT mean?
- Which one should you choose?
- Steps before you make a decision.
- How to integrate TEM and DDT to your company?
Nowadays software outsourcing is a very common solution, but sometimes it still seems like witchcraft when we have to make a crucial decision and too many options occurred to us. So, we decided to make it even a little bit more clear, and as a result, we present to you our newest article.
TEM, DDT – what does it mean?
- Team Extension Model (TEM) – you hire one or more developers who have specified, required skills to the particular project. In this solution, you simply make your IT team completely and adjusted to the task.
- Dedicated Development Team (DDT) – If you choose DDT that means you engage the whole team which takes care of the project and works separately in their office.
Definitions are not enough to get a clear understanding of these two now we get thought they pros and other essentials.
Why you should pick TEM?
The biggest advantage of choosing TEM is keeping control over the whole team – new developers are a complement to your already existing team, not the self-reliant group. The second thing is better and direct communication between you, your employees and TEM – the whole team is equally involved in the project and they feel equally responsible for it. That provides to building a great team spirit and good teamwork.
It seems obvious, but you have a great impact on choosing people who will support your team. Team extension gives you a chance to make your dream team by employing your perfect candidates, not particularly the whole group. They also will be fully focused on the project and will better understand your vision, working style and culture of the company by becoming an integral part of the company for the length of the project.
Not convinced? So check out the DDT model!
Hiring a Dedicated Development Team appears as a quicker solution – you do not have to look for particular people, but it is sufficient to choose a team that reaches your expectations. You definitely save your time and you are able to focus completely on your company or the other projects. DDT takes the whole responsibility for the project and choosing members of the team with appropriate skills, knowledge, and experience. The dedicated team allows your employees to breathe a sigh of relief and does not interfere in their daily work.
You also can be sure that your DDT makes everything to keep you satisfied with their work and they do their best to launch the project on the highest level. It is important to remember that you have to have full confidence in the company which you choose.
Steps before the decision
Before the final closure analyzing statements mentioned below could occur helpfully – we really believe that they are game-changers!
- Think about your company’s mission, culture, team attitude, probable obstacles connecting with the project. Next, compare your conclusions with the potential partner. Are you agree? Are you have similar insights? If yes you might start thinking about cooperation.
- Are you using the same tools and frameworks? Remember that apparently meaningless differences during mutual teamwork could turn into a nightmare.
- Introduce yourself and your team – simply let the other side get to know your company.
- And last but not least and maybe even the most important point – the trust. Can you rely on each other? Do you trust the company and do want to work with them? Trust and loyalty are essential and make up the base of the collaboration.
In most cases, the cost of hiring team extension or dedicated team probably will be similar, but it should not be the main reason during the decision-making process. Think about the scale of the project, your team needs, person ordering expectations.
A guide to integration TEM and DDT to your company
So it does not matter which model you have chosen, we prepared a simple guide with some tips on how to make it work.
Let’s start from team extension:
1. Make a plan
Before hiring anyone you have to be sure what are the most important points in the project and which skills and specific knowledge you need. It will be a huge facilitation during searching the right developers.
2. Know your potential new developer better…
…and necessary to do it with your team! You will hire (or not) this person, but that your team will be working with them and should have a say in this respect.
3. Some time to integrate
Be patient and do not require big results after 2 or 3 days – these people have to adapt and learn how to work with each other.
4. A workflow
Once again introduce TEM into corporate culture, management style, way of communication, etc. Then work out which tools you will use during the project – operations like this will help new developers feel more like a regular part of the team. That provides quicker and better work results.
Time for the dedicated team:
1. A brainstorming session
Set up a meeting with your team and decide what is the priority for them at this moment, on which project they want to focus and how they imagine help from DDT. It will help choose the dedicated team.
2. Do a research
Now a lot of companies offering their services as a dedicated team. This wide range of possibilities can overwhelm. And then the internet comes to rescue – thousands of websites and portfolios stand open to you. Have they launched similar projects? Do they share some opinions from previous clients?
Remember that larger companies, in general, have more flexibility and the ability to deal with urgent deadlines. It might be decisively when speed is critical for you.
3. An interview
Organize a video-conference with the company – this allows you to know your potential partner and his attitude. Assure if you think the same way. Ask for references, check out the flexibility, and for the estimated cost.
Outsourcing is a helpful solution for any company dealing with a long-term or complex project. Or when you want to focus on different tasks at this moment and give your employees time to relax for a while.
TEM seems more effective when you are looking for developers with niche skills. This ad hoc aid guarantees you also more control over the rising project and is a great supplement to your existing team.
DDT stands as the answer when you have to face the complex task and the deadline is getting dangerously close. Then entrustment the other team presents as an invaluable help for you and your team.
No matter which model you pick – in every case mutual trust is an essential factor making your collaboration effective and successful.
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