5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Working In Dedicated Teams

by prostir
12 October 2017
5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Working In Dedicated Teams

Dedicated teams are great for long-term outsourcing projects. They offer product owners a better quality of code, invoke team member’s commitment and build an excellent cooperation around the project in the team.

Dedicated teams are also a perfect match for outsourcing companies: they guarantee workload for all employees, smoother payment history, lessen management hassle to a minimum, and also provide an additional help in case of force majeures or vacations, when the tasks of an absent engineer can be easily redistributed between his/her colleagues.

But is working in a dedicated team good for you as an engineer? Let’s find out!

Working in a Dedicated Team Builds Your Knowledge Faster

Freelance regime has one undoubtful advantage: usually, your projects are short and diverse, and you have a great opportunity to develop yourself as a first-class experienced engineer, and to gain knowledge in a wide variety of technologies.

At the same time, this opportunity of self-improvement doesn’t get away from you in case of working in a dedicated team, even though such projects tend to last longer. Bear in mind that the specialists in your team have an enormous amount of hands-on knowledge on different technologies, methods and applications, which means that you’ll be able to learn something new for years.

Even watching how your project works in issue tracking software can also help you discover new things from view of project management, design, user experience and so on. Working with various specialists will give you the opportunity to learn new things outside of your responsibilities, which will definitely help you in future.

Outsourcing Dedicated Teams Gives More Freedom

When you are a member of the in-house team, most probably that the company has a certain view on the product you work on with your team. You receive exact specifications to follow, you have a strict policy around your project workflow, and all the requirements for the final product are a law for you and your team members.

Often outsourcing dedicated teams work on software projects for the companies that have nothing to do with software development, so they just don’t have their own IT specialists or engineers to describe the needed product in so many details as software companies do.

Light specifications you would get from such company give the whole team a considerable freedom. Companies like that have zero requirements to technologies, UX, application architecture and even design, they just want an app that will do its work. That’s why anyone has a possibility to change the project. You are free to choose technologies and methods you will use, which not only offers you a possibility to work with a familiar technology, but also learn something new if someone from the team suggest a better option.

You Learn New Processes

It is common for IT companies to follow agile development methodologies. They are well known amongst engineers, and seem to be optimal for software development. But are they, indeed?

Since dedicated teams work as a part of the company, they often follow that company’s internal processes, which can differ from agile processes a lot. That may sound strange, but for some kind of products and cooperation models between teams, some other methodologies can perform better than common agile practices.

Hence, working with a dedicated team gives you a nice chance to learn new ways to work in a team and decide for yourself, what method is better in a certain situation.

You Commit More

With some occasional freelance work your commitment is minimal. You work on a project, you get paid and you forget about it forever. This is a great circumstance to undercommitment which may cause slow personal development, laziness and indifference to the project, as well as bad quality of work.

The same is possible within an in-house team when you work on improving the same project for several years and you simply get enough of it.

In an outsourcing dedicated team, you build relationship with your team and customer that most probably will not last longer than 2-3 years, and you are interested in saving this good attitude. You just involve personally more, and commit more value into the project to make sure it’s perfect, when you’re done with it.

Ready to Face a Challenge?

Now, as you’re familiar with all the pros of working in a dedicated team, you probably suspect, that there are a few cons. And of course, there are. Your customer may demand a completely unsuitable development process model, they may disrupt your perfect 4:1 QA ratio to make things happen faster, and the decision you can make with light specs may be a mistake.

But the worst thing is that lots of dedicated teams work on is supporting the legacy code. Constant bug fixing, refactoring and keeping a 15-year old dinosaur of code alive on modern computing architecture is a bit of boring work, which can make any engineer struggle.

Of course, there is still a room for improvement, rewriting the system with newer tech, and redesigning it to the most modern guidelines, constant work on the same thing may be just too exhausting.

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