As mentioned previously in our articles, outsourcing is nowadays very popular among businesses all over the world. 

To make it clear, outsourcing represents the business practice of hiring a party outside a company to perform services and create goods that were initially performed in-house by the company’s own employees and staff. 

There are many models of outsourcing, and with each day, more tend to appear.

We have listed the most common collaboration models of outsourcing! 

Check them out: 


Main responsibilities of each model:

Self-managed team

Vendor responsibilities.  Your team will provide design, architecture, development, testing and testing.

Client responsibilitiesYou will be responsible for the product knowledge. Discuss the specifics with your vendor. It will help you define your needs precisely

Client-managed team

Vendor responsibilitiesYour team will provide the architecture, development and testing. Again, discuss in-depth the specifics with your partner. It will help you define your needs clearly.

Client responsibilitiesYou will be responsible for the scope management, product development and design

Staff augmentation

Vendor responsibilitiesThe development and testing will be provided by your team

Client responsibilitiesYou will be responsible for the scope management, product development and design


More to know about each model:

Self-managed teams

A convenient model when the need is to execute and deliver a custom software development project. The main focus is on results and deliverables.  

Develop a communication strategy and discuss your goals. You want to get everyone on the same page.

Get some face time with your group by reaching out via Skype or Slack.

Use effective project management software – Jira, Trello. This will help you keep your team organized, making them less likely to miss deadlines!

Client managed teams

A model defined by: on-demand experts, no recruitment worries and just project-ready employees! 

It is very important to work very closely with the team. It’s also imperative that your team spends the time to get to know very well the project. Make sure everyone’s interests are aligned and moving towards the same end goal.

Sometimes, it can be daunting to manage and support the team, but if you’re able to overcome the inherent difficulties, the benefit of such a strategy can be immense.

Staff augmentation

Allows a company to add staff to their teams based on the additional skills required to support their initiatives. Resources are employed by the staff augmentation firm. Sometimes it’s easier to adopt a staff augmentation model than a project outsourcing model. Companies are already used to hire employees, so staff augmentation is just a small shift from what companies already do.

Some companies augment staff at the beginning of a project, while others right before the product release for reviewing purposes. If there are any flaws or weaknesses found in the system, augmented staff can correct the issues within their capacity.

Our conclusion? 

The right outsourcing model for your company will always be the one that finishes a project within the deadline and to your exact specifications! Choose what’s best for you! 

Start delivering quality software on time.