TEM: what is it?
These days software outsourcing turns out to be a common thing. However, it can be a problem when a project manager is facing the excessive number of options or bound to make a crucial decision. A Team Extension Model or TEM for short can be a smart way out.
The given model suggests hiring one or several developers who already possess the required skills to complete the assigned project. Thus, the project manager has his team tailored to the task.
The greatest advantage of sticking with the model is:
Here’s a typical workflow within this model.
First, the PM requires assessing the extent of the task and defining the major roles to be involved. The project manager should ensure that the outsourced specialists have all the necessary expertise to include them to the already existing group of developers.
In fact, the PM can carry out the initial analysis on his own or opt for services provided by a consultancy firm. If the PM turns to their advice, they will thoroughly scrutinize the project’s development needs along with internal processes to build up a group of skilled developers.
02. Choosing experts
Based on the project’s requirements as well as specifications, the recruiting team should conduct thorough candidate research and pick up the best IT developers. So, to become a worthy gift for the extended squad, the nominees should have all the required qualities to fit the task. The HR managers should interview the best nominees in person and pick up the ones they find the worthiest for the IT project.
Once the first stage mentioned above is over, it’s high time to get down to integrating remote specialists into the project. That’s the beginning of the TEM process.
This solution provides great flexibility to any project. Here the PM is free to fire the outsourced experts he no longer needs. Moreover, it’s possible to hire a dedicated team to handle this particular IT project. Once the company doesn’t need their assistance any longer, a contract with these specialists can be terminated, while the already existing group of specialists can continue with their duties as usual.
Roles and responsibilities in TEM
When talking about an existing or new project, one should note a rich array of tasks the team has to deal with. The list below offers a list of project roles with typical responsibilities. Optional roles can be added based on the project’s specifics.
SCRUM Master role
The major duty of a SCRUM Master is to eliminate any glitches that prevent the team to meet their objectives. If the newly-hired outsourced specialists don’t actually have a good sense of what they’re doing, then the SM is going to help them to organize a working taskboard and show how to make the most of it. He also executes a variety of duties, in particular:
He’s expected to make sure the Scrum Process is strictly followed by the extended team and that the outsourced experts don’t prevent the in-house specialists to execute their duties.
An extended team often faces the following challenges:
As the extended team evolves into a self-managing mechanism, the Scrum Master moves to the organizational glitches as well as issues generated by the third party. Additionally, if the company is still divided into several parts, he organizes their productive interaction.
If the team depends on outsourced specialists, he should help the company to make the most of cross-component collaboration.
Team Extension Timing
To hire a quality assurance engineer, developer, the SCRUM master, etc the HR managers will have to spend from two weeks to two months depending on their expertise.
As a rule, the test period takes two months with one-day off-boarding if something goes wrong. In addition to this, for two months, the candidates may be receiving regular off-boarding warnings.
Edsson Team Builder
The Edsson Team Builder can be defined as an internal service used by the project managers when it comes to extending their in-house team for the creation of a new software product. It enables the managers to look through the profiles of all experts of the company, filter them by the technologies used, view their skills and get familiar with the resumes before adding the candidates to the extended team
The service helps to rapidly choose the required outsourced specialists for the assigned project