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Why Your Business Needs an Extended Development Team? 

If you are a technology-based organization, then you know the importance of having a comprehensive development team to build innovative and state-of-the-art products and solutions for your business. As companies, especially Western companies, face a serious shortage of talents due to the pandemic and the advent of digitalization, more and more companies are attracted by the concept of establishing extended development teams elsewhere. Not only can you fill in the key missing skillsets in your core development team, you can also increase project’s overall productivity and make it go seamlessly. However, if you expand your team with inconsistent expectations and inadequate plans, especially in another country, it may disrupt your entire offshoring process.

When Do You Need an Extended Software Development Team? 

There are some basic situations when you should set up an extended technology team. When your core team is working on an important project, you don’t want more experienced experts to perform less important secondary tasks, thereby reducing overall work efficiency and productivity. To do this, you can more easily hire a small extended software development team that can install these patches and do all the work you need. If you also realize that the skills of your core team are not sufficient to perform a specific task, and there is a certain gap in skills that cannot fill anything else. For this reason, you can only find professionals with a combination of skills that can make up for the shortage and help you successfully complete the project.

Another scenario when you could set up an extended team is when your company has grown and needs to expand, but you are not in a hurry to recruit new people for your core team. You can check at any time whether the company is ready to accept new tasks and increase the flow of customers, issues, and workflows. The enlarged team will be able to take on part of the tasks, thereby increasing the possible burden on other experts and management. In a situation when your existing customer orders the development of a large project from you, and your entire core team is occupied with other equally important things, it is better to expand the responsibilities of the extended team, rather than reject ordinary customers and risk losing experience, revenue, reputation, and the customer himself. Setting up an extended team is easier said than done though. In today’s blog post, we bring to you some common mistakes that companies make, as well as how to avoid them. Steering clear of these mistakes will ensure that you have the best partnership with your offshore provider and your extended development team.

Common Mistakes to Avoid 

#1: Do Not Fixate on Short Term Benefits 

If you want to augment your existing core development team, it’s important to look beyond a temporary arrangement that can work for a one-off project. Building an extended team is a permanent solution, and the engineers that you hire become permanent employees of your business that are in it for the long haul. These resources could be utilized on multiple projects and since you have control over them, you can utilize their skillsets effectively across projects.

Prioritize on building an extended technology team for long term: minimum 9 – 12 months. Your extended development team is yours, in every sense of the word. They work for you, they believe in the vision of your business, and their goal is simple – to help you grow your business by building software.

#2: Value Over Cost 

Many businesses, when given a choice, will choose the less expensive result. Not surprisingly, this is usually the wrong choice because lower rates doesn’t always mean getting the better end of the bargain. Even outsourcing, for instance, offers services at very low prices, but we just saw how that could spell disaster for your business. Keep the price aside for a moment, and focus on asking them the bigger question – what value can they bring to the table? Assess their portfolios, their expertise, and how the higher costs can translate to higher productivity and success rate. If the facts and figures laid out don’t speak for themselves, then you’re better off not making that deal.

Indeed, regardless of the type of business, the bottom line as a determinant of any business proposition is: how much will it cost? Although cost is a glass ceiling that can never be broken, paying too much attention to price may mean that you have not considered the value proposition of the transaction. Many companies will choose a less expensive option to save more costs. Not surprisingly, this is usually the wrong choice, because lower interest rates do not always mean bargaining. While setting up an extended team, focus on the value that you wish to obtain from the engagement. Have a strategic objective behind setting up a remote team. Evaluate the vendor’s investment portfolio, their expertise, and how a slightly better rates translate into higher productivity and success rates. The cost of cheap hiring is devastating and more harmful in the long run. Not hiring than cheap hiring is a better option in such cases.

#3: Bias Towards Extended Technology Teams 

When you have an extended development team, it is important to remember that they are part of your organization just like your local team. The only real difference here is that they are sitting elsewhere, in different office spaces. Depriving remote teams of important business knowledge, keeping them away from team calls, or preventing them from expressing opinions or feedback may cause them to feel isolated, not valued, and not recognized. In addition to this, your extended team will no longer have a 360-degree view of the business, the project at hand, and the larger business goals, which will result in unoptimized software solutions. This in turn affects their morale and motivation, and hinders productivity.

#4: Lack of Clear Roadmap 

An integral part of working with offshore vendors and establishing remote teams is planning. Before you work with an offshore development company, you must develop a clear roadmap-a set of actionable steps for the near future. Diving into collaboration and quickly building requirements will lead to chaos and chaos, rather than increase in productivity.

Although immediate build requirements may be attractive, you still need to ensure that your remote team has enough work for at least the next one or two development cycles. Identify a roadmap for one or more of your internal products and gauge the skillsets required for execution of these projects. If the technology stack overlap with each other and you have product roadmap defined for at least two or more development cycles, releases, than setting up a dedicated technology team is your best option.

Build a Dedicated Extended Technology Team with Pratiti Technologies

Pratiti Technologies can help you set up an extended remote technology team without loss of efficiency in your work processes. At Pratiti, we ensure an agile mentality by building a team of resources around our unique craftsmanship model. We believe that authorized and self-organizing craftsmen have the greatest chance of success in new and innovative fields. Pratiti’s business model is based on our craftsmen, and we are proud to have a highly skilled technical team at our disposal which you can leverage towards your product development, testing and automation needs.

Our craftsmen have product development DNA, collaboration mindset for innovations, and exposure to different execution frameworks. If you are looking to set up a dedicated technology team of software developers, QA automation and testers, DevOps skillsets, contact us today. We collaborate with our customers and partners under flexible engagement models and strive to make customer’s success as our success.

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Nitin Tappe

After successful stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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