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EXTENDED TEAM MODEL DEFINITION Extended Team Model, is a business practice of extending your internal team in order to deliver a project for which it is not viable to hire staff permanently. The project development remains in-house, with your team members still responsible for their assignments. Specialists, hired temporarily as contractors from a tech vendor, join your team and work alongside on their tasks, and are usually billed per hour. This practice is often described as an alternative to IT outsourcing and is a quick way to scale your team’s capacity.

ETM Benefits

The primary benefit of choosing the Extended Team Model (ETM) is based on quick access to top talents. If you want to just fill the gap in your in-house team for one project or even its part, choosing ETM will help you to start fast.

Other benefits include:

  • Flexibility – you decide which roles you need, and when. Hire for the time you want.

  • Control – you continue to manage the project in-house.

  • Scalability – if needed, you can hire more specialists, who are certified and highly experienced.

  • Cost-optimisation – you don’t have to spend money on the recruitment process, no CAPEX, plus 40% ROI

What Are The Specific Features That Differentiate The Extended Team Model (ETM) From Other Team Models?

  1. An extended team is aimed at complementing an in-house team, but not substituting it. It is supposed to fill in the skill gaps of the main team and augment its overall potential. An ETM is to a certain extent a part of the company, sharing the visions and being customized to the needs of the latter.

  2. The responsibilities and tasks are evenly spread between all team members, both in-house and offshore. The company has full control over the process, because the personnel on the vendor’s side is fully incorporated into a client’s team, and the collaboration implies all levels of recruiting, training, etc.

  3. Unlike virtual teams, extended ones are not disbanded after the project is completed. They are aimed at long-term collaboration practices, that’s why the motivated team players don’t feel the need to disperse their attention to any side projects.

  4. The company’s project management team can breathe more freely because they are released from a great part of the management load and can focus on things that really need their attention. At the same time, they are still able to control the key points and decisions.

  5. ETM model can help companies with significant cost savings. First, you choose from the international talent pool in all its versatility of skills and rates. Second, you won’t have to spend much time and effort on endless recruiting and training in the future since your labor relations are not supposed to base on an “easy come, easy go” approach.

  6. The process of hiring developers locally can stretch for months, and success is not guaranteed since the holy place is never empty and the big fishes in the competition may have already taken almost all the brightest talents. Conversely, with an ETM, you can assemble a team much faster — it may happen that in a couple of weeks you will be ready to move on.

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