Dedicated Team Model for a Startup Launch

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An idea to create a new application is not only an inspiring journey but a challenge. It needs to result in a clean, efficient, and neat MVP, custom-tailored cloud solution, or a full-cycle service. Lacking skills and expertise, having immature infrastructure, and seeking the best price-quality ratio may impede their successful implementation. Hiring a dedicated team (DT) allows for a successful startup launch.

Table of Contents

  • What dedicated team stands for
  • When to bring it into play
  • Pros and cons of hiring a DT to succeed in a startup
    • Pro: cost efficiency with a predictable defined budget
    • Pro: access to a pool of dedicated talents and technology trends
    • Pro: agility and collaborative engagement
    • Pro: top-notch transparent staff management
    • Pro: startup risk reduction management
    • A few words about DT cons
  • Attention! Choosing a DT vendor
  • Final thoughts

What dedicated team stands for

This modern IT outsourcing model involves two parties: a client with an idea and a software vendor that acts as a middleman. The main task of the latter is to team programmers and other members with the necessary skill sets and experience to implement the client’s business ideas over the long term. They are managed either by clients themselves or by the vendor’s project manager.

“PM's skills include creating a project backlog, facilitating a clear collaboration between all members, and a personal understanding of the code development intricacies. 68% of clients prefer to have skilled dedicated project managers.”

When to bring it into play

To have the ability to focus on core competencies, clients prefer to entrust a dedicated development team with a proficient project accomplishment.

  • Startups with the need to scale fast.
  • Businesses with tight deadlines.
  • Young companies seeking a sure-fire way to build a high-quality product faster and more efficiently.
  • Clients with high urgency to address a particular challenge without distracting the in-house experts.
  • Upswing organizations with a constant hiring need for their fast-paced projects.
  • Enterprises, especially with a limited budget, requiring specific and rare expertise.

Pros and cons of hiring a DT to succeed in a startup

This popular model is an excellent tool to achieve specific business goals as well as a guarantee of successful and timely project completion.

Pro: cost efficiency with a predictable defined budget

Choosing a DT model is economically feasible from the perspective of reduced TCO of remote experts. You pay only for the actual hours spent on task completion without needing to bear rental expenses or to find a workspace, or hardware which one would need to do when recruiting in-house IT staff. Additionally, be aware of the significant difference in salaries of seasoned professionals and the costs of the same services in different countries throughout the world. Savings may be up to 60% of your development budget.

Pro: access to a pool of dedicated talents and technology trends

Shortage of talent in the local pool is the primary driver to hire remotely. Thus, you may expand globally and gain unlimited access to the best talents worldwide, resulting in finding experts who perfectly match project specifics, requirements, and values without investing in training or onboarding new employees. New projects are launched based on the latest, most modern tech stacks, so software vendors stay tuned for recent IT updates to provide potential clients with sought-after professionals.

Pro: agility and collaborative engagement

DT agility means the ability to scale the team size depending on the fast growth of your project or changes of requests. The best solutions grow through direct communication between the client and the dedicated team. A reliable DT vendor already has well-established teams able to efficiently share their knowledge and skills. Daily or weekly communication with regular brainstorming sessions allow for overall workflow enhancement, achieving great results, transparent processes, and an increase in productivity. You always know how the team is progressing through JIRA, Zoom, Skype, Slack, or other tools.

Pro: top-notch transparent staff management

A DT is easy to manage via tried-and-true task managers and other tools. As a client, you define the results reporting process and frequency. You are free to decide if the software development services team is strong enough for your business ambitions, and you may either allocate or deallocate specialists on predefined terms.

Pro: startup risk reduction management

Software vendors always have a well-built risk management culture. By learning from past projects and keeping notes on the organization's processes, experts can keep the risks to a minimum. In the course of the project, you are involved in the risk management strategies, promptly notified of identified risks, and provided with their mitigation plan.

A few words about DT cons

When chosen right, a dedicated software development team is priceless and pitfall-free. Software outsourcing is always about time zone differences and possible different approaches to doing business. Thus, your potential startup developers need to have a convenient time zone, a non-crucial time difference, and no language barrier.

Attention! Choosing a DT vendor

Selecting a vendor can be nerve-racking. A reliable DT vendor will become your trusted partner who will keep your startup running smoothly. Here are some tips to bear in mind when choosing the right vendor for you.

  • Company. Evaluate the company’s portfolio and website. Verify the vendor’s portfolio as to the experience in delivering services similar to your startup: number and types of projects and clients, technology stack, and industry expertise. Other clients’ feedback, team interaction, and solutions based on new IT trends are a key indication that you will be provided with high-quality services. A functional, intuitive, and well-optimized website with a good design demonstrates convincingly the ability to provide these qualities for your product.
  • Team. For the vendor to be able to set up the right experts, you need to prepare requirements that include a project description, tasks, team size, desired workflow, and expected results of the outsourced relationship.

Final thoughts

A dedicated team with experience in similar projects, business sectors, or industries will not only deliver your idea but also offer a look from a different perspective with a unique solution. 100% immersion in the project and business specifics will result in finding ways of cost reduction while increasing the final product's value. Simply outline the expected level of qualification and experience and let the vendor quickly do the rest.


Alesia Sumkina
Alesia Sumkina

Lead Business Analyst

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