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How to Choose a Staff Augmentation Provider

Choosing a staff augmentation company needs starts with the most basic of questions: What do you need?

When choosing a provider for any professional or personal need the basic framework is usually the same. You do your research, follow up and verify your potential provider’s credentials, and evaluate their offerings against the task at hand. The starting point remains the same though: what does your company need?

Projects come in different shapes and sizes, and scopes could pivot with little or no notice, putting your project and maybe even your company’s reputation at risk. Staff augmentation companies, like Jobsity, provide a safe and reliable way to get ahead of these sort of problems by inflating your output capacity, be it at the project’s inception, or on any point during its lifecycle.

The project’s needs must be evaluated within the current situation of your company? Does your company have a dedicated software team the new staff can integrate into? Will the project itself take your development resources away from other projects? Do you need to set up a temporary software development division for this particular project and does it not require you to hire more permanent staff?

This planning is critical for a more precise definition of the sort of company you’ll need. Any staff augmentation company worth investing it should guide you to the exact size and composition of the team to finish your project. Not every company offer every service either. In today’s super specialized world of languages and frameworks, you need to make sure the company you end up choosing has expert knowledge your required technologies.

Once this step is done, it becomes easier to identify and filter out the companies that don’t check your boxes. The following are just some of the things you need to research to choose the right partner for your project.

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Experience

A company’s portfolio and past work is usually the first thing to check. You’ll want companies with successful track records who have worked with either similar clients to you or with related technologies. Review LinkedIn articles, Glassdoor reviews and similar testimonials to get a better sense of when this company started operations, and how past clients have responded to their collaboration. You’re looking for reliability, relatability, and flexibility. A company that can adapt to a client only becomes better with time.

Technical Skill

You need to make sure they understand what your project entails. Many companies will agree to a project just as long as it pays well, so a good idea is to run additional conferences with senior staff members or project managers to get a better sense of how the team is composed, how they work together, and how well they’ll integrate into your work culture. Programming languages might be one of the things you need to investigate. You could also ask questions about their project management style, and the tools they use during the project.

Language and Culture

Yes, it’s vital that your new staff codes in the language you need, but what about actual English? The language barrier is a significant obstacle to consider, primarily since the largest and best-equipped staff augmentation companies these days have their headquarters in Latin America, Eastern Europe, or India. Many things can get lost in translation so acquiring staff that speaks your language helps avoid details slipping through the cracks. Again, going back to your specific needs, you need to be able to say “This is what I need” and to be correctly understood.

A similar cultural background also clashes less with your needs when explaining them over the phone. In this sense, Latin America is the closest to the US to a cultural partner, and it helps (in no small way) that time zones are similar as well. Tech projects more often than not require the ability to jump on a call on a moment’s notice. Being on the same time zone is of great help with this.

Communication Style

Communication doesn’t have to do with the language your potential partner speaks, but it has to do with the ability to understand and guide you through to the right team. What sorts of tools do they use? Do they provide updates regularly? Will you receive reports of the work done? This is your team, so you need to make sure they are meeting the expectations set forth by your company and the project at hand.

Staff augmentations companies are there to fulfill the needs of your company. These tips are just a few things you need to look out for to make sure the partner you pick will not let you down.

 

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Feb 18, 2019