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Dedicated Team and Other Work Models
Upon request, Danavero can use different models of work to meet customer needs, including Fixed Cost, Time and Material, Staff Augmentation or Team Extension, and Dedicated Team.
Types of work models
Each of work models have their own pros and cons and can be used by customers on different stages of their projects.
Fixed Cost is used in situations of limited budget and clearly defined project technical requirements.
Time and Material is the approach used when a customer pays for the time spent by the contractor's employees to perform the work based on their hourly rate. It works better in situations where project scope is not fully known.
Staff Augmentation or Team Extension are similar to the Dedicated Team model. The difference is that Team Extension is used to enhance or strengthen an existing customer team, while the Dedicated Team model is used to cover the entire project (or a separate full-function part of a large project).
Dedicated Team is the best model for a long-term Agile project, where the requirements and even the vision can be changed from one sprint to another.
Dedicated Team – The Danavero Approach
In his famous book, Good to Great, Jim Collins discussed the importance of putting “Who” before “What.” Collins investigated how 11 American companies became the most successful in their market segments. He showed that the main factor of their success was not setting a new direction or articulating a fresh corporate vision but getting the right people in the right seats. Therefore, team member selection and human resource management are cornerstones of the Danavero Dedicated Team approach.
Every team in its life-cycle passes several stages, and one of the most popular models that describes this process is Tuckman's stages of group development. The model includes 4 stages of team development: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Every stage characterizes its own efficiency:
The goal of Danavero’s Dedicated Team model is to reach the maximum possible performance at every stage of team development. In general, it means effectively forming a team, quickly and painlessly passing the Storming and Norming stages, then reaching Performing and staying there.
a. Project and Team planning
This first step is very important – creating a structure of roles for the future team and job descriptions for every team member. This step is critical from the point of view of the future team successfully passing every development stage and reaching the highest performance. One influences the other – if you clearly understand the place of each developer in the team structure, it will help you to describe the job better; if the job description is clear and attractive, you will engage better people. Overall, if the job satisfies employee expectations, your team will achieve maximum performance faster and maintain it longer.
After obtaining a job and project description, Danavero’s recruitment team starts to search for appropriate candidates within existing company employees and on the external job market. The recruitment team pre-screens candidates and organizes their interviews, which include several stages (soft-skills interviews, technical interviews) and finishes with an interview of a customer representative.
In stage one, Forming, team members tend to behave quite independently – they may be motivated, but they are usually relatively uninformed of the issues and objectives of the team. In order to build trust and cooperation faster and more effectively, Danavero assigns a project manager to assist. The project manager is introduced to the client by a responsible sales/recruitment representative via email as soon as the first team member is hired. Their task in the initial stage is to gather all important information and share it with all team members. They also prepare the necessary work environment for the project team, as well as determine first tasks and the framework of team cooperation.
The Storming stage is a serious challenge for the newly formed team. In this stage, team members begin to understand their own roles more deeply, as well as their boundaries and intersections with the roles of the other participants. During this process of progressive involvement, team members begin to collaborate and discuss personal responsibility and commitment.
The assigned Danavero project manager helps individual developers become a team. The Human Resource team, which is responsible for efficient internal communication and the adaptation of newcomers, monitors the situation in the team, helps to manage it, quickly reacts to any unproductive situations, and increases the efficiency of collaboration.
On the Norming stage, team members clearly understand the limits of their responsibilities. The main task of this stage is to reach the maximum of efficiency and teamwork productivity. In the Dedicated Team model, Danavero reaches it out by implementing an Agile approach and procedure for software development, such as Scrum or Kanban.
Agile methodologies are flexible enough to be customized to the needs of any customer and provide:
- teamwork sustainability
- accurate task estimation
- team's commitment to continuous integration practices
- automated testing to protect quality of software code
- respond to customers’ expectations
- continuous deployment to get fast feedback.
On the Performing stage, team rules and roles are established. Group members focus on achieving project goals, and they are motivated and knowledgeable.
The Danavero goal in this stage is to make all necessary efforts to maintain team performance at the highest level, taking into account all possible evolving circumstances. Such circumstances could include, changing customer business strategies, shifting market situations, new technological innovations, etc.
Such circumstances could be changing strategy of customer business, situation on markets, new technology innovation etc.
Danavero manages such challenges through a smooth process of on-demand scaling and support, which means we provide more developers when customers need to extend their teams on-demand, as well as dissolve the staff they no longer need. The smoothness of the process is achieved by:
- detailed project documentation
- effective kick-off of new team members
- transparent team communication
- best project management practices
Thus Danavero possesses all necessary knowledge, skills and tools to build, develop, and maintain a Dedicated Team that will achieve the most ambitious customer goals.
Why Choose Danavero
- 98% returning customers
- 88% employee retention rate
- 5+ years in the IT business
- 300+ successfully completed projects
- Efficient and comprehensive IT recruitment and HR management processes
- A big database of available IT resources
- A problem-solving attitude focused on customer business results
- A personal approach to each customer and deep immersion in customer business and technical needs
- A responsible manner of working with customer data and intellectual property
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