As mentioned above, the extended team model is a refined and more productive version of the outsourcing model. So, if offshoring and traditional outsourcing have been around for quite some time, what is it about the extended team model that is making so many businesses embrace it?
With the extended team model, your business spreads throughout the world. Therefore, you are able to tap into talent from international markets and get the resources not available locally.
Having an extended team model is better than offshoring and outsourcing because:
You Will Be In Charge
Even if your offices are spread out throughout several different continents, you will be directly heading the project so there won’t be any communication gap between the international team and in-house team and the international team will have clarity on the specific requirements of the project. This will make the entire workflow much more efficient and up to the requirements of the employer.
Contractors Turned into a Long-Lasting Relationship
Usually, people outsource a limited number of projects to a company. After the project is completed, the contract ends. It is a hassle to establish new relationships with firms for every project. With the help of the extended team model, the contractors turn the remote team into a branch of your business offshore. This way, long-lasting relationships can be developed.
Prioritization of Your Projects
When you outsource a project to an outsourcing firm, they will be working on several other projects simultaneously as well so they want to able to give your project the undivided attention it requires. With the extended team model, your project will be prioritized since your team will be heading it from the head office.
Integration of the Entire Team into Work
The extended team model is different from traditional outsourcing as it integrates the remote team into the business. The remote team’s work and efforts are in sync with the in-house team. It runs under the terms and conditions of your business in management, development, and design of the entire project.
An extended team has one goal across the board. The remote and in-house teams must work on making the product a success. Their work does not end after the launch of the product as they work towards promoting it into the target markets. They also initiate other projects as an outcome to the response of the previous project.
Having and keeping up with a remote team offshore can become stressful as it lacks transparency. In an offshore context, the team is used on multiple projects so the project ends up being assigned to multiple people. Managing multiple people over people who were initially assigned for the project can be a strain which is why the extended team model is beneficial as the in-house team assigns different tasks to different remote teams.
As you have full control in the extended team model, you have flexibility when it comes to getting tasks completed. If a certain remote team isn’t able to complete an assigned task in time, you can get another remote team to complete it efficiently. You are responsible for your business tasks as there are no intermediaries.
Thus, you communicate your requirements directly to the remote teams and if they aren’t able to help you, you can get another team without any trouble. In this way, the extended team model is flexible for the in-house team and remote team members.