Are you elastic?
Today a flexible workforce is essential for companies of all sizes. If you can ramp up your development efforts or scale down when you need to, then you have the power to calibrate your organization as you wish.
The elasticity gives you an edge in this wild run for consumer attention and business success.
There are plenty of areas within business management where elasticity can come in handy. But let's focus on flexible IT teams because this is where our expertise lies.
Here we introduce 3 benefits of an elastic team
1. Mold your team like clay
Imagine you have an idea to implement a new chatbot on your website. The idea is to reduce the repetitive workload for your customer service agents. The chatbot would also provide a better customer experience for your end-user.
But you don’t want to rely on a chatbot provider. Instead, you decide to build it yourself and assemble a dedicated team for this project.
In the beginning, you start with a couple of full-time UX/UI designers who will do the design research.
Once they finish, you no longer need your designers. But as you transition from the design to product development stage, you need to reassemble your team with new professionals.
This is where the elasticity swirls in!
If you are elastic, you can review your team setup during each milestone of your project.
Elasticity allows you not only to change your team size and composition. It also allows you to switch between full- and part-time members depending on the stage of your project.
That means that your project team becomes like a lump of clay in your hands. And you, as a great artist, can mold it any way you want to create fantastic results!
2. Increase production speed
We already discussed how elasticity allows you to become an artist and scale your team in a matter of a few days. But there is more to that!
The magic of being able to change your team composition can speed up project development.
When working on a project, you might take it easy during calmer periods and would need to pick it up at crunch times.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to deal with that would be to increase working hours for the team you have now.
But at what cost?
People get tired. Long working hours and stress create higher risks for errors and lower productivity. These are just a few side effects of pushing the limits of your workforce.
Instead, if you have an elastic team, you could adapt to the dynamic of project development at the speed of light!
Until now, we talked about the benefits of scaling your team up and down. But it’s important to emphasize that being elastic is not only about adjusting your team size.
Continue to find out the next benefit of being elastic!
3. Dive into the global talent pool
Imagine you found an incredible UX/UI designer based outside of your company’s HQ country. What would you do?
Being elastic also means being flexible and open to remote work. If you do not restrict yourself to talent in the country of your HQ, you get access to the global talent pool.
The global pandemic proved that remote work is an enormous advantage for some enterprises.
Being a modern elastic organization means that your future developer might be sitting under a palm tree on a sunny beach by the Caribbean sea waiting for your call. And that call might be the best one you’ll ever make!
What matters for the elastic organization now is not your location but:
- your skills,
If you don’t believe in the elastic transformation yet, do as every wise man does: learn from others!
Case study: from static to elastic
Verisure is an excellent example of an organization that decided to embrace elasticity.
They had an idea to build a neighborhood watch mobile app. This application provides information about safety in certain areas of a city.
Soon they realized that the collaboration with a traditional development agency was not efficient enough. The main challenges they faced were the following:
- The detachment between the core team and the agency
- They could not scale up fast enough
- It was hard to find the right talent
Looking for an innovative solution, Verisure got in touch with us. They created a profile on our platform and composed a team with 4 remote developers. On top of that, they have already scaled up-and-down 3 times, and this only speeded up new deployments without compromising the quality.
You can read their full success story here.
Ready for a virtual coffee and a chat about your new remote team? Get in touch!