What is Augmented Staffing?
Technology projects these days are pursued under many constraints: budget, time, and available resources. To meet these needs companies must often compromise in some areas; as the budget very often defines scope, time and resources must be flexible. This leads many companies to explore project outsourcing, but this is only one of many options.
Project outsourcing enables companies to offload complete projects on to remote teams. In some cases this freeing of local resources can relieve personnel stress but it can also relieve financial stress, as market inequalities between countries can mean reduced cost. However if extreme care is not taken these outsourced projects may not meet standards and expectations, leading to additional effort when receiving the finished project.
- Reduced training costs
- Best practices (depending on quality of provider)
- Economies of scale
- Reduced management overhead
- Result-centric model
- No employee overhead
- Project-based cost structure
- Offloaded legal liability
- Lack of control
- Quality assurance
- Expensive for smaller projects
- Post-completion integration takes time
Staff augmentation allows companies to add employees to their teams based on specific skill requirements that fit their project. Companies may thus maintain control of their projects, and it is not necessary to intake full-time employees to push a short-term project to completion.
- Control over staff
- Complete internal integration
- Leverages existing resources
- Specialist expertise
- Easily-modifiable staffing needs
- Reduced cost for skill acquisition
- Reduced employer burden
- Retain deadline control
- Internal (employee) acceptance
- Ease of adoption
- Employees learn new skills
- Reliance on internal processes
- Local economy
- Management overhead
- Resource-centric model
- Employee-based model, not contractors
Selecting the right model
Many factors play into a complex cost-benefit analysis. Limbic Consulting makes this decision as easy as possible for companies by offering a reduced-rate introductory period. We will help you assess your unique project and situation, and either make recommendations on how to create the best environment for success or help move you toward your goal with our expertise.