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This means the technique of staff augmentation is applied to outsourced projects that build software using React.js specifically. The goal is to evaluate the existing teams’ skill sets and, if needed, to handle staffing requirements by contracting more talents. Besides that, it can be an additional option when seeking the optimal way to reach your business goals.
But why React exactly? – You might ask.
Let’s start with definitions and then go from A to Z of things.
What is team augmentation?
Team augmentation, also staff augmentation, is one of the outsourcing approaches to properly staff a project in accordance with concrete business requirements. This process includes accessing the skills of current employees, adding new members and assembling the team to ensure project results and timely delivery.
This usually results in full-time employees working side-by-side with qualified contractors with specific programming skills brought in on the side. Thus, companies are able to enlist new talents much faster than hiring new employees or teaching the existing ones. The demand for this approach is occurring due to the highly vigorous market where cost-efficiency and deadlines are everything.
The multitude of IT resources, software agencies, and declining rates gave birth to the trend of staff augmentation.
Team augmentation services often imply allocating resources and workers offshore, as an extension of a development team. The client company (which hires such persons) has full control to manage the employees and their tasks until completion.
Advantages of this approach include:
- Adding new skills on top of existing capabilities;
- Filling the gaps and acquiring new resources, required to finish a project, or start new more ambitious projects;
- Retaining control over resource management, staffing and technologies involved;
- Improving skills of own employees by cooperating with and learning from hired workforce;
- Reducing the cost of hiring and maintaining employees;
- Aiding in meeting tough deadlines.
An additional fact is that often we hear debates about which approach is better: staff augmentation or project outsourcing. The latter suggests that a client company fully entrusts project development to another expert company. The argument is that team augmentation is too much of a hassle, while outsourcing allows each side to focus on its core tasks and thus deliver a superior result.
What is ReactJS software development?
Other benefits include:
- easier large data handling,
- predictable flow,
- reusable components,
- quick bug fixing,
- low learning curve.
And here’s exactly why we love React:
- It is focused on a single exclusive issue (UIs), doing it very well;
- A “declarative” nature of it, meaning the underlying principle is – we tell it what we want, and React takes care of how, translating the descriptions into UIs;
- It is declarative not just to static data in interfaces, but to dynamic data as well;
- In it, we can reuse the same components for multiple UIs, and components may contain other components as well;
- It updates the UIs automatically upon changes in the component’s state;
In addition to React, we can leverage the React Native framework for mobile apps. iOS and Android apps can be built with the same performance, features and look as web apps based on React development ecosystem.
How to conduct React team augmentation
So, when you have a project in the works requiring the use of ReactJS, or you need more React developers, and you want to “augment” your team – here is how to do React team augmentation.
Why conduct this kind of staff augmentation?
You can’t always find talented React developers, or you can but the cost of accommodating such in-house employees is too high, or maybe you simply don’t have time to staff your team. So cut the time and effort, and, moreover, keep full management control.
When is it time for team augmentation?
Firstly, when there’s a dire demand to infuse new skills, ideas and tools into the current team. Secondly, when a team lacks a particular kind of skills and knowledge to undertake a specific project. Finally, when the workload is overwhelming for existing employees.
There are few aspects you need to know to do it right. One of them is cost, which can be quite expensive, despite the intuitive feeling that contractors should cost less than own employees. So check all the expenses, resources, number of staff, hourly/daily rates, etc. to find out. Team augmentation, cost-wise, is typically more positive for short-term projects.
Two common key aspects are project management and time tracking. Luckily, there are plenty of tools like GitHub, Basecamp, Jira, Trello, or time-tracking tools such as Toggl, MyHours, TimeCamp, Hubstaff, etc. Though the main value still comes from people, not technology.
Bottom line: find the right match for a React.js project, set clear goals and deadlines, communicate and trust each other.
Benefits of React team augmentation
Summing it all up, here are 8 top benefits of React team augmentation.
There are always unforeseen circumstances and changing of requirements, and staff augmentation services can alleviate such stress. Moreover, companies can withdraw additional experts at any particular time, if there’s turns out to be no need for them.
#2 Better project management
By adding new team members, take advantage of both external and internal resources. Maintain the same volume of control with transparent oversight by integrating individuals into the business processes (which is much quicker than integrating project teams).
#3 Filling expertise gaps
In areas where your team lacks specialist skills, you have options of hiring new full-time employees, paying extra for staff professional training, or hiring experts to augment your team. The latter offers workers that are highly-skilled in the exact area of demand right away. Team augmentation also ensures full staffing needs at all times (e.g. holidays, vacations, leaves, etc.).
#4 Acquiring skills for less
No need to invest in internal skill development or hiring new staff, especially for one-off or temporary projects. So you can reduce the cost of bringing in experts by avoiding all the expenses linked to in-house workers (healthcare, insurance, retirement, hardware, etc.).
Thanks to the Time & Material method applied to team augmentation, you only pay for the agreed period of work. With better insights on current costs, you are able to plan ahead more strategically.
#5 Meet project timelines / faster turnaround
It is often the case that we require extra resources and/or time to complete a React.js project (or any other software development project) on time, therefore staff augmentation may act as a helping hand. In some cases, it could be the only solution.
#6 Low impact on internal processes
Add or remove a React team with minimal interruption to your business. Your in-house employees do not feel threatened by this approach, unlike with project outsourcing, and can establish communication with new guys in a normal proper way.
#7 Access to extraordinary talent
The globalized tech industry has opened up new opportunities and offers access to skilled and unique experts, bringing you closer and faster to your consumers. The software development market is constantly changing and innovating, while you assemble a team and start working on something, it may already be irrelevant.
#8 Boost to the project
A good software development company can also grant access to business analysts and managers outside who may add new insights/ideas by looking at a project from a different perspective.
An improved documentation could be an additional benefit, as with team augmentation new people have to be brought up to date and all project-related details have to be clear and refined. Some companies offering staff augmentation services have “discovery teams”, specializing in business analysis, process and requirement adjustments.
The advice here would be to pay attention to training your employees while conducting React team augmentation as this knowledge may be of use in the future. Be prepared for increased management and oversight, as the responsibility for project results will still be in your hands.
Also, be careful with “employee-vs-contractor” distinction, and ensure there will be fewer expenses when compared to your own employees.
This article is a part of Handbook:The Complete Guide to Software Development Outsourcing
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