Using IT Contractors to Drive Projects to Completion
Whether it’s a cloud conversion, integrating to a new platform, adding new features to existing software, or doing a complete data migration, IT projects regularly have hard deadlines that must be met. IT staff augmentation is often a necessary approach to give a boost to your team’s capacity and help them reach goals.
Sometimes project managers know in advance that additional support will be needed, but other times the need for IT staff augmentation doesn’t come up until you’re in the weeds looking for a way out. If you are considering bringing aboard IT contractors in either scenario, here’s what you need to know.
How Does IT Staff Augmentation Help Project Management?
In general, companies turn to Lucid to augment staff for specific projects, such as migrating to a new platform, changing to fit compliance standards, or updating an outdated system architecture.
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Sometimes your internal team is eager to work on the project but gets distracted by daily tasks. In this case IT staff augmentation helps by bringing in temporary team members to help with daily tasks like ticket handling and system maintenance.
In other scenarios like a migration or a modernization, a technical expert in a new programming language or technology is essential to pulling off the IT project without burning out your existing team.
When Do I Bring In an IT Contractor?
The first thing you should consider when answering this question is the availability of talent that has the skills you need. This sort of industry knowledge is one of the most valuable things about working with an IT staffing company.
High-value contractors are planning their next moves in advance, so aren’t always going to be available on short notice.
That said, there are two key times that Lucid often steps in to help staff the right individual quickly:
At the beginning of the project, when it’s already known your internal group will need one of the kinds of support we mentioned. Teaming up with the right hiring partner early helps you estimate costs for the IT staff augmentation in line with your resources
In later stages of a project, when need has become more obvious. In these cases, something is usually on fire, and the IT staff augmentation is intended like a fire extinguisher.
At either time, it’s essential to be prepared to make the most of the hire in a quick way.
How to Prepare for Augmentation
Whether you’re hiring a specialist to start your project off on the right foot, or a supporting staff member to take the pressure off your internal team as a deadline approaches, there are key steps to take. Set the contractor up for success:
Be sure to get the contractor access to all needed systems and software before their first day. The last thing you want is for a contractor be unable to log in for a few days or even weeks.
If the contractor is working onsite, make sure their work station is set up before they sit down.
Provide full documentation for deliverables:
Don’t leave your expectations of the contractor unclear. Write down exactly what you need and expect of them and talk with them about those expectations.
Because IT staff augmentation gives you access to specialized, temporary talent, this process is ideal for driving projects to completion in the short-term and then having things return to normal. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making the right hire on a tight timeline.
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