Every business entity needs a selected number of software tools. From sheer time-tracking solutions to project management software and more complex options, every modern business needs digital assistance.
And while the market offers many possibilities, some companies want or need to create software or have it made by third parties.
Either way, you can take two possible lanes at that crossroads. The first one is employing in-house software engineers to get your software done. This is a more time-consuming and pricy option.
The other one is hiring a dedicated team for your software development projects.
This article explains how dedicated teams work and help businesses build software tools.
What Is a Dedicated Team in First Place?
A dedicated software development team is an IT engineering squad employed to create a new software system for a particular company. It’s a team your software provider has put together to address your specific requirements and bring your ideas to life.
Who Is Part of a Dedicated Team?
Typically, a dedicated team consists of various business professionals, from software engineers and project managers to UI/UX designers and QA specialists.
BM Insight: At BrightMarbles Group Holding, we gather qualified and experienced experts from different walks of business life. From the core software development crew to visual artists, engineers, and many other professionals, we proudly provide professional expertise in our software development projects. Learn more about these teams and their tasks in our blog post, The Entourage of IT Projects – The Binding Tissue of IT Software Development.
Also, different software development projects require other team structures. For instance, mobile application development demands a different team formation than building a complex software solution from scratch.
Dedicated Teams vs. Team Augmentation
Team augmentation means hiring additional developers for an existing team. In line with the current project demands, companies either upscale or downscale the team to maintain rational budgeting.
As opposed to that, hiring a dedicated team means having a group of software pros who exclusively work on your project. Of course, every non-tech company can form its very own in-house software engineering department.
In practice, it’s usually a long-lasting and costly process.
Hence, it pays off more to find a reliable software vendor and let them provide a dedicated team for your business needs.
The Key Pros of Dedicated Software Development Teams
- Faster Delivery Time
Once the dedicated team has been formed, they’re up and running to delve into the project in question. Just imagine the amount of assets, time, and energy you’d have to invest in creating a software development team.
Moreover, software engineers – especially seniors – are in high demand. In other words, you can’t just get into a general store and take away a seasoned NodeJS or Flutter developer.
Even if the assets and energy are not an issue, potential business deals and ongoing operations would be on hold during that period.
So, every business owner or corporate leader needs to know that paying an external, dedicated software development team is a guarantee that the job will be done faster.
BM Insight: Many dedicated teams of diligent Mibsters work on our software projects for our clients. If we’re to pinpoint one unique selling proposition (USP) that propels us fast forward, it would likely be double-, triple-, multiple, prior-to-delivery checkups. We like to constantly and thoroughly test all our solutions from day one until the moment of launch. Our blog post, Quality Assurance – The Measure of Software Development Excellence, explains why QA plays a major role in software production.
- Supportive Work Environment
Even though we’re writing this piece with our clients in mind, let’s not forget the performers, i.e., the members of the dedicated team.
When a developer is a sheer outsourcer hired per project, they need a comprehensive learning curve. Also, their commitment to the project might wane, especially if they’re crucified between several projects.
Being aware that satisfied professionals are developing your software gives you peace of mind. What’s more, hooking up with a software development provider that encourages accepting and training young IT professionals will also add to your employer branding.
BM Insight: We’re flattered to have such a well-versed Flutter and iOS developer as Marko Krstanović under our roof. He’s one of our senior staff members equally competent in communicating with our clients and workers. In one of his latest blog posts, he has written about The 7 Essential Tips for Junior Developers in the World of Mobile Development.
- Defined Budget and Workload
Let’s say that a non-tech business decides to hire one or more freelance software developers. As you have no previous project manager or Scrum master’s experience, you’ll first waste a lot of time estimating the entire project.
You don’t know how many people and time you’ll need to get your things done. Consequently, you can’t define the budget and allocate the assets.
Finally, you need to find out the level of complexity, workload-wise, meaning that you can’t set a deadline for this squad of mercenaries.
There are two alternatives; the first is to form an in-house dedicated team. It’s more reasonable than hiring random devs from the Web, indeed. However, you’ll have to commit yourself to pay full workers’ contributions and burden your business with obligatory employment contracts.
The second alternative is having a professional vendor offer you a ready-made team of software engineers. They’ll give you an estimate, suggest the number of people, and offer hourly rates for all the professionals included. Based on this projection and the input from the team, you’ll get a full-scale offer for the project in question.
Now it’s up to you whether you’ll accept the proposal, negotiate different teams, or move on. The most significant benefit here is that you keep concentrating on your core business instead of losing chrono and monetary assets doing things you’re not adept at.
BM Insight: Non-tech business professionals might not be aware how important project management and Agile methodology (especially the Scrum framework) are for efficient software development. If you want to learn the ropes of Scrum, read our article Scrum 101: Applying the Most Popular Agile Framework. You still won’t have enough knowledge to handle it, but you’ll realize its significance.
- Handpicked Expertise
Closely related to the time and assets above, gathering random people to work on things you don’t understand typically results in a lack of expertise.
The software development business lifecycle has its regularities, with some vital links that mustn’t be skipped in decision-making. It takes a lot of preparatory steps, such as the mentioned estimation and development plan to budgeting and team creation. In other words, the software-building and designing works can begin only when all the introductory checkpoints have been successfully passed.
Working with a dedicated software development team is the guarantee that all of these steps are completed.
- Experienced Management
No matter how proficient you are in your industry, you probably don’t know as much about some other niches, IT included.
An A-level broker with ten years of stock exchange experience wouldn’t let a senior software engineer play with their shares, right? If you happen to be that very Wolf of Wall Street, don’t break the code of business conduct; let the tech guys and their managers do what they’re best at. They know what it takes to form a winning full-stack squad and how to guide them to the best possible outcome.
When you partner with a know-how software development company, its C-suit will take your project from the idea to the framework stage, to implementation and, eventually, delivery. Your role as a client will be to communicate your concept, follow how it becomes tangible, and monitor its birth. Of course, you’re welcome to speak up and express your concerns or ideas along the way. There’s experienced management on the other side of the table, ready to listen to you and build the perfect product for your needs.
Depending on the type of company and the project in question, you might want to include a project manager from your side or even the CEO as the overlooking body on the project.
Business Continuity and Effectiveness
Proficient software development professionals have dozens of finished projects in their experience log.
Why is this important?
It means they have already seen various clients’ demands and acted accordingly. They’ve completed numerous estimates and can tell whether a project could face certain issues in later stages.
This business continuity isn’t something you can learn overnight. Even if you’re a top manager in your niche, you won’t be able to meet their level of in-field effectiveness.
Also, with dedicated teams, bear in mind that the number of team members is not set in stone. Such groups of professionals working together can vary in number. It’s these experienced professionals overlooking the projects and leading the tech stack who can give you an approximate calculation when the team needs to be increased or reduced.
All these factors are important for clients who want to turn their ideas into software development projects.
Who Are Dedicated Teams for?
Dedicated teams are the best option for business clients aiming primarily at long-term, continuous software development goals. The negotiations, the team formation, and the duration of it all typically don’t pay off for fast and short-term projects.
In other words, dedicated teams are perfect for well-negotiated and carefully planned development projects, I.e., trustworthy software partnerships, dare we say.
Obviously, dedicated teams are the only reasonable solution for every company that doesn’t have an in-house dev team. Whether they want to have a software tool developed or their systems maintained, dedicated teams will help them accomplish their objectives.
Finally, businesses that simply want software engineers’ full attention and focus should go for such teams.
BM Insight: Our mission is to always try and go one step ahead of the competition regarding software development concepts. We’re convinced that every collaboration demands our complete concentration. That’s why we’re keen on developing thorough partnerships with our clients and other business subjects. Read more about it in our post Software Partnerships: How to Know Who’ll Make You Grow.
Now you know more about dedicated teams on software development projects. As an add-on, we’ve shared some thoughts and tactics from the BMGH biz kitchen and shown you how we handle our operations.
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Pavle Bobić, BrightMarbles’ resident wordsmith extraordinaire. With a passion for wordplay and a keen eye for eye-grabbing marketing materials, Pavle has been producing top-quality web content and copies for fintech, IT, and eCommerce since 2013. Now he keeps sharing his wealth of experience and expertise as part of the BrightMarbles team, making an impact by creating distinguished content across various digital channels.