Team Extension Model

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Our unique Team Extension Model is our primary differentiator. It is designed and streamlined over more than 12 years to address specific requirements and challenges of industrial manufacturing companies. This model is optimal for product companies who care as much about how something is built as to what is built.

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Serengeti sets up engineering teams that look and feel like divisions of your own company. It provides step by step proven process and guidance to set up and maintain a stable, high performing offsite development team that seamlessly integrates with the client's internal team.

To achieve that goal well prepared and organized on boarding and knowledge transfer phase is crucial where we focus on two KPIs: minimum customer management overhead and shortest time to offsite team productivity. We want that our team matches or exceeds productivity of clients internal teams.

Many times Serengeti team was recognized by customer as highest performing team in whole client's ecosystem comprising of internal and external teams. Once the clients recognize power of Team Extension model they start to use it as best practice to set up and manage their internal distributed development efforts.

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Team Extension model is based on concept that technical skills of individual team members are not enough to deliver high team performance. Great software engineering has as much to do with things like leadership, management, and chemistry as it has to do with measurable skills. Sometimes it is even more important.

In Team Extension model first priority is to build fully functional core team. Next step is to supplement the core team with missing skills or additional capacity as and when needed. Through this approach, our clients benefit not only from instant capacity but also from flexibility to expand or shrink the team size as business needs change over time.

Team extension model has three phases

As a result, in offsite phase it gives what every customer wants: high performance, deadlines crushing, self-managed team. But it cannot be achieved from day one. Team has to start in onsite phase first and move gradually to transition and finally offsite phase. In each phase focus is on different objectives.

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The Serengeti core team starts cooperation by joining your teams on your location. They become familiar with your corporate culture, application functionality, programming technologies, tools, development, and management methodologies. They also act as a bridge and a source of knowledge transfer when adding other Serengeti resources to the team.

Depending on a customer processes maturity, requirements, engagement complexity and scope each phase can vary in length and number of engineers involved. Since customer processes maturity play important role for successful team extension implementation we offer Distributed Development Readiness Assessment service to evaluate preparedness and advise on next steps.

Guide to successfully managing a distributed software development team

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Distributed Development Readiness Assessment (DDRA) service

If you consider building remote team for the first time, consider our fixed time service that can help you assess internal readiness and find out prerequisites for successful implementation.

Who should consider DDRA service?

Every company that struggles to keep up the pace of software development required by business. One of the primary reasons is shortage of high qualified software engineers at their disposal and insufficient sourcing practices. When waiting too long to hire external partner and hoping that the challenge will just disappear by itself companies are taking big risk. We are many times asked to help in such situations and we know what companies are going through. When things get out of control and deadlines are already missed on boarding new teams is not an easy effort. Our Team Extension model is streamlined to help in such situations but starting on boarding few months earlier would for sure make big positive difference.

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Readiness assessment service goals

For companies that don't have experience with any kind of distributed development it is natural to see more risks then benefits. Therefore, we created readiness assessment service that will help companies see what are potential obstacles to successful implementation. Based on results they can decide if they are ready and better prepare internally. Our service can be useful both for working with external partner and for setting up internal remote team. Internal software development maturity, realistic expectations and preparedness for distributed development plays very important role in successful remote team on boarding and management.

Remote team transition can be optimized for speed of ramp up, minimal management overhead, or cost effectiveness. Each is very different in approach and setup. Different projects have different potential for remote development. Internal organization and maturity of agile methodologies which is different for every organization also have big impact. All that is analyzed during our engagement.

Duration and price of DDRA service

  • fixed time 3 weeks duration
  • price 6.000 Euro

Who shall attend

All people in management positions in your company responsible for software projects delivery. Head of software engineering, CTO, team leads, project managers etc. A group of 4-8 people is ideal.

What will you gain

The deliverable is a comprehensive document which contains the following key topics:

  • Analysis of company key software engineering objectives, plans, challenges and expectations
  • Analysis of entire internal software R&D department organization
  • Special focus on use of agile methodologies and frameworks (e.g. Scrum)
  • Special focus on how mature is company's current engineers on boarding process
  • Analysis of different ongoing and planned projects (architecture, quality of code, quality of documentation, DevOps practices)
  • Proposing the best project candidate for distributed development
  • Based on chosen project decide how remote team transition should be optimized (fastest ramp up, minimum management overhead or low cost)
  • Discovering potential internal or external obstacles
  • Conclusion about overall distributed development readiness, defining prerequisites and areas of improvement for successful implementation

The profile of DDRA consultant

Consultant that is delivering DDRA service is technical consultant with over 5 years of experience in distributed teams management position. 
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Team instability resilient operations (TIRO) service

If evaluating engineers long term loyalty is becoming primary focus of your selection process, you might be interesting how to make your engineering processes more resilient to changes. Consider our fixed time service that can help make your organization less vulnerable to high engineer’s churn rate.

Who should consider TIRO service?

Companies that are developing complex enterprise applications where on boarding of new team members takes long time. Companies that want to rapidly improve team stability, agility and speed of new team onboarding.

We would all like to have low engineers churn rate. The reality is that it is not the case, even worse it is very unpredictable. When engineers leave it causes team instability with inevitable consequences on team morale and project deadlines. The higher seniority level and longer person works in the company, the bigger is impact.

This challenge is getting more prevalent every year since millennials percentage of workforce is increasing. It is no secret that younger generations are more dynamic when it comes to career development opportunities. Keeping them in same company for 10 years seems impossible yet many companies are organized in a way that they rely on long term employee's retention. Recent Stack Overflow Developer Insight reports that almost 60% developers worldwide changed job in last two years. No wonder more and more of our customers are asking us the same question 'can you help us improve stability of our teams'.

Did you know that leading tech companies like Google and Amazon are among those with highest engineer's churn rate in tech industry? Yet it does not compromise their ability to innovate and release new product at staggering pace.

Resilient operations service goals

Goal of this service is to provide guidelines for organizing internal software development processes and implement tools that will enable on boarding new engineers faster and more efficient. That is becoming crucial asset of good organized R&D department. DevOps, modern software architectures (e.g. microservices), automated testing, SCRUM, good documentation, refactoring, coding standards compliance are integrated approaches that make organization more resilient to all kind of changes including changes in team set up.

Our TIRO service will help you organize R&D operations and define technology and tools stack that will make you more resilient to team instability.

Duration and price of TIRO service

  • Fixed time 4 weeks duration,
  • Price 8.000 Euro

Who shall attend

All people in management positions in your company responsible for software projects delivery. Head of software engineering, CTO, team leads, project managers etc. A group of 4-8 people is ideal.

What will you gain

  • Analysis of company key software engineering objectives, plans, challenges and expectations
  • Analysis of entire internal software R&D department organization
  • Special focus on use of agile methodologies and frameworks, DevOps and modern software architectures (e.g. microservices)
  • Special focus on how mature is company's current engineers on boarding process
  • Analysis of applied coding standards, automated testing, documenting and other engineering best practices
  • Conclusion about possible changes and improvements in internal software R&D department organization and implementation of tools that help improve company agility and resilience to unexpected changes
  • Discovering potential internal or external obstacles to changes implementation

The profile of TIRO consultant

Consultant that is delivering TIRO service is technical expert with over 5 years of experience in applying modern principles and software engineering practices.
Click here to find out more about the expertise of our TIRO consultant

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