In the digital age, businesses are developing and innovating at an ever-increasing pace, while being forced to solve concurrent application development issues that pop up during the process. This requires pre-planning and resource dedication, along with the skilled talent needed to compartmentalize project tasks and jump into action at a moment's notice. While it doesn’t make financial sense to hire a full team for every new problem that pops up in the development process, it’s also not in a company’s best interest to reassign current employees that may be inexperienced or overburdened for the task at hand. The only dynamic solution that ensures efficiency and productivity is instituting agile tiger teams.
What is a Tiger Team?
Based on the collective that worked on the Apollo 13 mission, a Tiger Team is a group structured to compartmentalize and solve project issues while operating under budget and according to a client’s set deadline. The idea is that every member of the team makes up the “stripes on a tiger” as everyone specializes in one specific task, leading to a cross-functional team that will complete a critical project at a rapid, optimal pace.
After the task has been completed, there are two possible outcomes:
- Team members or even full teams can be sent to the “bench” where each member waits to be reassigned or redeployed to another team.
- Full teams or team members are immediately reassigned to another project in a client’s sequence.
How Do Tiger Teams Expedite Application Development?
As a new age solution, Tiger Teams remedy development issues while providing beneficial ROI opportunities for companies. These benefits include:
Resource Management — With Tiger Teams, businesses are no longer forced to hire full-cycle teams for every subproject, which conserves valuable time and resources. It also eliminates the need to reassign internal teams that may be overburdened or unqualified. Instead, tiger team members can be redeployed to different projects in rapid succession, with minimal sourcing, vetting and onboarding required. This expedites project deployment and decreases the cost of labor.
Efficiency — Tiger teams add efficiency through specialization. Tiger teams members perform their tasks rapidly and free from distraction, because their roles are defined exclusively by their experience and technical background. Instead of having internal team members multitasking to meet project deadlines, a tiger team’s collective focus ensures agile development and expedites testing times.
Rapid Deployment — Those in leadership know there is always a process, service or aspect of a project that immediately becomes the highest priority. Typically, these initiatives spring up out of the blue and require immediate resolution. This is where many internal teams become unraveled, unorganized and unproductive. Due to existing commitments, skills gaps or limited bandwidth, reassigning internal team members can stall other project phases or cause other issues that require further attention. With the ability to build a bench of skilled consultants, tiger teams can be rapidly deployed to take on new project needs without reassigning internal teams – keeping projects on track.
Resolvit Builds Tailored Tiger Teams for Clients
When it comes to building reliable, and rapidly deployable tiger teams, organizations need a trusted partner capable of sourcing and placing premiere talent at each stage in the project cycle – from initial planning to QA testing.
At Resolvit, our skilled Tiger Teams are led by business analysts and lead developers that act as the primary liaison between our clients’ business units and stakeholders. They help scope, design and manage project solutions while onboarding other team members that include front end developers, backend developers, devops engineers and quality analysts. We also assign a delivery manager to promote ongoing delivery excellence and ensure all client expectations are met.
Whether it’s building software applications, testing system functionality or creating artifacts for deployment, Resolvit’s tiger teams provide the critical, time sensitive project support the world's largest organizations trust. Looking for critical project support? Contact us today to get started.