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What is a MicroTeam

Organisations seeking to continue to innovate and evolve, need to strike a balance between retaining trained and skilled resources whilst minimising recruitment, training and overheads. Additionally, they face the challenge of ensuring they create a strong culture and environment these individuals to set aside their differences and effectively and efficiently work and collaborate together.

It’s a difficult task to assemble highly productive and efficient project teams, even if they already work within the same organisation. The nature of project teams is that they are often hastily resourced from an existing pool of talent within an organisation.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about It, Devops, and Helping Your Business Win although, mostly a work of fiction clearly and correctly epitomises how a typical organisational project team is assembled and providing an accurate reflection of how they work.

A micro-team already knows how to work together

Establishing any team and getting it to work together and collaborate effectively is hard work. There are so many variables at play, just take a look at any successful sports team, they go through peaks and troughs. One season a team can win the title the very next it can be found fighting a relegation battle.

Starting a new team from scratch, getting each member to trust, collaborate and work together effectively takes time. You can’t just get a team of supposedly rock star coders and expect them to instantly create a rock star software application. You need to invest in creating that rockstar environment for a team to succeed.

A functional team is a team that instintively knows how to compensate for each team members specific strengths and weaknesses. In the world of software development this is especially important, just like it is in many other areas of business.

A software development team comprises of individuals who even unknown to them comprise a set of unique skills, completely outside of their chosen technology stack. At the same time they will each have an area individual specialisation and focus that they particularly enjoy more than others. Even an individuals choice of tooling may be completely different.

Cultures and environment don’t just happen

Creating a culture and enviroment for people to effectively work together takes a lot more than decorating your office with motivational posters of from times gone by.

Each team, despite your best intention will form it’s own culture and way of working. Each individual in a team will form their own bonds and relationships. In many ways people are unique and therefore the environments and cultures they create for themselves are unique.

The recruiting challenge

Many companies face the same fundamental challenges when it comes to dealing with the fluctuations of supply and demand of highly skilled staff.

For most companies, the recruitment process is fundamentally flawed, expensive and often delivers lacklustre results. Onboarding new staff is a time-consuming process which often detracts attention away from more pressing matters.

Demand

The ad hoc nature of many business transformation and innovation initiatives, as well as seasonality of business requirements can create peak technical staffing issues.

Supply

You have to contend with staff leaving the organisation or being absent through long-term sickness and maternity leave. Equally, there may be additional organisational constraints such as a freeze on permanent head count, which may also place a freeze on drafting in specialist contract or freelance resources.

Risks

There are well-known pitfalls associated with contracting temporary or freelance staff, which every employer should may be aware of

There is no guarantee that contractors and freelancers will likely to extend their contracts or the fact that there is a break between projects during which there is a cessation of work does not necessarily mean that contracts are terminated and continuity broken.

This is also balanced by the growing legislative and compliance burdens of onboarding contractors.

How do you best deal with resource contingencies in a proactive, innovative and hassle-free manner?

If you have a short-term to medium-term requirement for project resources, contact threenine’s micro team resources.
We provide skilled technical staff to augment your existing team and unblock congested innovation pipelines.

Our multi-talented micro teams consist of

  • Software Engineers
  • Web Developers
  • Mobile Developers
  • Solution Architects
  • DevOps Specialists
  • Project Managers
  • System Administrators
  • Quality Assurance Professionals

Why use a micro-team ?

threenine prides itself on making use of the highest calibre talent where ever in the world they might be and craft them into functional software development teams. As such, we have a far greater insight and understanding of the competence of the proposed teams and individuals and matching them to specific roles. We don’t just try shape teams of people just based on a specific technical acumen or some educational metric based on a specific point in time of their evolution. Our primary focus is about trying to get best out of individuals by allowing them to create environments and ecosystems for they prefer to work.

In addition to filling resource gaps, threenine micro-teams are often used for specialist skills and knowledge, which can be transferred to existing team members.

We can provide skilled and trained resources for any period from 1-2 weeks upwards on a remote basis . Apart from the flexibility of engagement periods, we are able able to fill temporary positions at short notice and are able to address any post-appointment compatibility issues.

The team is a focused and dedicated resource for your company for specific project, once the project is complete the teams engagement with your organisation is complete. You can choose to reuse the same team for another project, but that is termed another engagement.

We don’t make promises of 1000’s of resources

Unlike most other software outsourcing companies, we don’t make empty promises of providing an untapped resource pool of highly technical and competent staff. Due in part, we obviously think this model just isn’t possible or even realistic.

We also don’t base or isolate ourselves to one specific geographic location. However, we do provide a promise and guarantee that our micro-teams are able to effectively and efficiently work and collaborate together.

We also don’t just take on any project. We guarantee success, and in so providing this guarantee we want to ensure the conditions of success are present right from the start.

We ensure that our teams will be the right fit for your project, not by making some poor judgement that we have some kind of testing process that ensures we only attract 3% of the top talent or some other blatantly outlandish claim.

Our teams have and will consistently work closely with each other, have a history of successfully delivering projects. A team that works together succeeds or fails together the conditions for success are almost entirely dependent on the conditions of the project, irrespective of the talent.

Our talent pool is small and selective but it is highly efficient and productive and we invest heavily in ensuring that the conditions and culture our teams operate in are well suited for the personality types within the team.

We take care of managing the team dynamics and ensure our teams provide the value we and our customers expect.

Summary

it is naive and an absolute fools errand to think that if you stack a team full of super stars it will perform. The fact is, and it is played out in sports team all over the world that this is not the case, what matters is the culture, belief , purpose and collaboration skills within teams that matters more than anything. A team that believes together succeeds together!

threenine.co.uk MicroTeams have history together and have delivered together, so when you on-board a microteam you can be assured that they already have everything they need to succeed and all you need to focus on is ensuring you provide the right conditions for the teams success!

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Helps businesses by improving their technical proficiencies and eliminating waste from the software development pipelines.

A unique background as business owner, marketing, software development and business development ensures that he can offer the optimum business consultancy services across a wide spectrum of business challenges.
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