How To Transition to a Different Development Team Model | by Intetics Inc. | May, 2022
Distributed development teams are on the rise, and it makes sense. After all, the decentralized team model offers a number of benefits, from access to global talent to faster response times. But making the transition from one computer model to another can be difficult. Is it worth making the change?
This is what we want to help you find out. We will introduce you to the pros and cons of internal and distributed models, as well as a growing alternative: Remote In-Sourcing®. We’ll also give you tips on making the transition as smooth as possible.
First, it is important to understand the nuances of each development team model. Now, we’re not talking about what SDLC your computer uses (Agile, Waterfall, etc.). Instead, we refer to where your computer resides and how you get developers.
The interior has been the traditional model of development teams for decades; it involves building an internal team from scratch and getting them to work in a central location. But in today’s world of constant virtualization, local computers have evolved naturally into distributed computers.
Remote technologies have paved the way for global and transnational collaboration, allowing you to get developers from countries with more affordable wages, establish advantageous working hours, and benefit from the best minds in the world.
And there’s one more viable model we’d like to talk about: Remote In-Sourcing®. This combines the advantages of internal and distributed equipment. Basically, the vendor will provide you with completely remote developers who act as an in-house team. It can be considered similar to offshoring, as you do not have to worry about logistics and operations, but the team operates entirely under your direction and is dedicated exclusively to your project. This model allows you to easily increase and decrease the number of developers you need, completely eliminate the time-consuming and costly hiring process, and access talented specialists who integrate seamlessly with your own team.
Now that you have an overview of development team models, let’s look at their pros and cons.
- It’s your team, so you have control over every facet — from organizational culture and communication to the code of conduct.
- This model offers fast and synchronous communication.
- Your talent group is more limited than in other models and it is more difficult to scale your team.
- Because you come from your own region, you can’t take advantage of affordable salaries in other countries.
- Costs are high for computer, equipment, and software.
- Computers can be created faster than other models.
- Control your computer without worrying about hiring costs.
- You can raise and lower your computer.
- You can benefit from affordable salaries and a large group of talent.
- Maintains 100% intellectual property.
- As with the distributed development model, there may be a difference in time zones, so great care must be taken with communications.
After reviewing the pros and cons of each model, you may want to change the layout of your own development team. It is worth noting that you do not need to switch to one method only: for example, you can use Remote In-Sourcing® equipment to complement your internal equipment.
This allows you to keep a few developers on staff throughout the year while accessing affordable engineers when you need them, without having to go through the hassle of hiring.
Regardless of the model you want to switch to / from, there are some best practices to keep in mind:
- Maintain thorough and accurate documentation before the change, as it makes it easier for new developers to adapt to your project.
- Before moving to a new development team, be sure to review the termination clause of the contract to see who owns the code base.
- If you are separating from a development team, be sure to coordinate directly with third parties, including hosting providers and payment gateways.
- Set expectations for the transition and consider the time for new team members to become familiar with your project.
Remote In-Sourcing® is the proprietary software development team model of Intetics and has been applied to numerous global projects. We have helped companies in all sectors to optimize their performance and speed up their time to market. Our development teams are scalable, follow Agile SDLC, and have the talent to drive your business.
If you’re ready to complement or replace your in-house development team without the headaches of recruiting, get in touch today!