There is an important decision to make when a project comes in and the internal resources are not enough or maybe they don’t have the required knowledge to execute it. Maybe you are evaluating between staff augmentation and outsourcing your app development project.

 

What model will fit best for you?

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Find some important pros and cons for each model here:

Staff Augmentation

Pros

  • Specialist expertise need

When there is a rush for certain capability on the team, staff augmentation is a great way to solve it simple and fast.

  • Easy and quickly adaptation

Since the team already exists, and there are only a few more members to integrate to the project, understanding the project and adapting to the company’s environment will be easier than explaining everything to a whole new group of people.

  • Control over the project

Every process, task, delivery and everything related to the project will be in charge of the internal team. Thus, every blocker and every piece of deliverable will be known immediately. The product owner will respond and the project may move forward quickly.

  • Internal acceptance

Is easier for the In-house collaborators to adopt new members of the team than accepting a whole new outsourced team. Softening the communication and helping the project.

Cons

  • Onboarding process

There is a learning curve you should consider when onboarding a new team member. This will directly impact the cost and the timeline.

  • Management Overhead

Increasing the number of team members will need an increase in the supervision. This will affect the cost and timeline too.

  • Delivery risk

On every contract is a risk involved that any of the ends should hold. In this case, the risk is all up to the client. Since new members are uncommitted to delivering results, only a person with certain abilities for a price.

Outsourcing

Pros

  • Management

There will be a project manager in charge of everything, from tasks to blockers and deliverables. As a result, you won’t need to worry about anything related to the operation.

  • Organized deliveries

From the beginning of the relationship, you can establish how you want the deliverable to be. For Scrum-based agencies like Amplemind, there will be pieces of the project delivered every sprint (10 business days regularly). You can choose if you want them to be a real-time demo, a recorded video, a conference call or an in-person meeting.

You will have a schedule for everything from current tasks that the team is working on to delivery dates, requirements deadlines, etc.

  • Human Resources not required

Since the commitment is to deliver a result, you are not responsible if any of the members quit or if there are some extra hands needed.

  • Focus on core business

Since the partner company will be dedicated to the operation, you and your most valuable teammates can focus on the core business.

Cons

  • Lack of control

Specific tasks will be determined by the partner company, therefore you won’t have any control of them, only by the result at the end.

  • Finding a reliable partner is a difficult task

There will always be this uncertainty of not knowing how the partner will work and if they will achieve your expectations. Finding a great fit is not simple.

  • Integrating the team with the in-house resources

The in-house team may not be as open as you when integrating a whole new group of external people to the table. Of course, this has a solution and can be fixed with communication and time, but is a point to consider too.

 

Basically, the most important thing to consider is that when you decide to go with staff augmentation, the risk of delivery the desired results will be up to you and your team. Therefore, if you decide to go with a partner and outsource the whole project, then this risk will be with the partner, and they should commit to delivering results.

If you are still not sure about how you should continue and want more info, feel free to contact us.

Verónica Bugarin - Account manager
Verónica Bugarin –   Account manager