How to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the development process with managed teams
Practical tips for successful implementation of complex projects with managed teams
The article explains the basics of so-called “managed teams” including their areas of application, their advantages and success factors.
What is a Managed Team?
A managed team is an agile software development team provided by an external service provider. It consists of highly qualified developers, testers and project managers who work together on a software project. The service provider assumes responsibility for the composition and management of the team as well as for the quality and success of the project.he team offers many advantages for companies, as it enables them to react quickly and flexibly to changes and to concentrate on their core competencies. However, for a managed team to be successfully deployed, there are some critical success factors to consider, such as a clear definition of requirements and goals, close collaboration between the company and the service provider, and clear communication and feedback loops. Typical areas of application are software development projects, but also other areas such as artificial intelligence or Internet of Things. Overall, a managed team offers many advantages and enables companies to save time and resources.
How is it deployed?
The provision of such an agile team is usually based on an outsourcing model. This means that the company commissioning a project does not have to assemble and lead the team itself through its own efforts. Instead, this is done by the service provider (or according to the individually valid agreement, such as in practice that the technical management lies with the company, the disciplinary management with the service provider), who has extensive experience and expertise in assembling and managing agile teams.
What are the advantages of a managed team?
The advantages and benefits of such an agile team are obvious. On the one hand, it enables companies to react quickly and flexibly to changes in the market and in requirements. On the other hand, they can concentrate on their core competencies and place the development of software projects in the hands of experts. By working with a managed team, companies can also save costs and minimize risks, as they do not have to invest in infrastructure and personnel themselves.
Critical success factors
However, for a managed team to be successfully deployed, there are a number of critical success factors to consider. These include, for example, a clear definition of the project’s requirements and goals, as well as close cooperation between the company and the service provider. Clear communication and regular feedback loops are also essential to ensure that the team meets the company’s expectations.
Typical areas of use for managed teams
Typical areas of use for a managed team are software development projects that require flexibility, speed and quality.
These include, for example, the field of artificial intelligence or the Internet of Things. By working with a managed team, companies can not only save time and resources, but also benefit from the team’s expertise and experience. It is important to select a team that fits the company’s requirements and has a clear idea of what goals are to be achieved.
Managed teams provide valuable support to companies in many different industries when implementing complex projects. Here are some typical application areas and problems where managed teams can be particularly helpful:
- Software development: Software development projects usually require a high level of flexibility and expertise. A managed team that specializes in agile software development can help companies develop high-quality software products quickly and efficiently. This includes the development of web applications, mobile apps or cloud solutions.
- Artificial Intelligence: there are a variety of application areas in the field of artificial intelligence, such as image recognition, speech recognition, predictive maintenance or the creation of chatbots. A managed team with the appropriate expertise can help companies successfully implement related, challenging projects.
- IoT and Industry 4.0: In the course of digital transformation, IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions are crucial for many companies. A managed team specializing in these areas can help companies develop and implement IoT platforms and applications that enable them to optimize production and costs.
- E-commerce: In the e-commerce space, speed to market and ease of use play a critical role. A managed team that specializes in developing e-commerce platforms and applications can help companies strengthen their online presence and increase sales.
With regard to problem definitions, companies may face the challenge of lacking the expert knowledge and capacities to successfully implement a specific project. A managed team can remedy this by providing companies with highly qualified experts and supporting the implementation of the project from start to finish. A managed team can also support companies in the event of a time-limited project scope or unexpected changes in requirements and ensure that a project is completed successfully.
Overall, a managed team offers many benefits to companies of all sizes. By outsourcing certain tasks to experienced professionals, internal staff can focus on other important projects. At the same time, working with a sourcing service provider often allows for greater flexibility – both in terms of capacity and expertise.
So if you’re looking for a way to make your business more effective or to get your IT projects done faster, a managed team may be just what you need!
Authors: Christoph Drescher MBA and Matthias Kranl MSc from Trimentis AG
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