Category: Application Development

6 Important Benefits of an Extended Team Model

What is Extended Team Model?

Extended Team Model (ETM) is a form of outsourcing strategy wherein the offshore in-house team is augmented or extended by a virtual team of developers. The key competency remains with the core in-house team and any skill gaps in the core staff are bridged by the extended team.

How ETM is different from other models?

  1. ETM complements the in-house staff, rather than replacing it. It is aimed at filling the gaps in expertise of the core team to enhance its overall potential.
  2. The responsibilities are distributed evenly among all team members in the in-house and offshore team. All the team members are equally responsible for the success of the project.
  3. It’s not necessary that the extended team is dissolved after the project is completed, rather they may be considered for long-term collaboration.

 

Key Benefits of ETM

1. Efficient team work

Extended Team model enables dynamic development process and the team has greater synchronisation since all the team members are on the same page. The team members directly communicate with each other, and this eliminates the middlemen, resulting in streamlined communication.

2. Increased transparency and control

The company has complete control over the processes as the extended team is incorporated into the in-house team. The teams share unified repositories for source code control and bug tracking, which gives the client or the product owner complete transparency and updated information on the project development.

3. Shared accountability

Increased synchronisation between the teams leads to shared responsibility and accountability for the overall quality of the project and promotes a collaborative approach.

4. Improved scalability and agility

ETM allows the company to scale the team depending on the current project needs, without having to deal with recruiting and other administrative work. It helps to add team members, while enabling the company to focus on its core business needs. At the same time, it enables the project teams to respond better to changing customer needs, hence improving the agility of the project team.

5. Best talent and motivated developers

The developers are assigned to the project full-time and the team members are highly motivated, working towards a common goal.

6. Cost savings

Adopting ETM results in substantial cost savings for the company, as it helps to choose from an international resource pool according to the desired skills and rates. It also avoids spending effort, money and time in the continuous recruiting and training of staff.

Thus, ETM provides an easy start with high scalability and enhanced effort cohesion in the team, as well as a faster time-to-market for new products. However, this model requires good and clear communication between the team members and the various communication channels must be identified and kept open always.

 

When should you consider ETM?

  1. It is the most convenient option when your own in-house team already has developers, but there are some limitations in the in-house talent pool.
  2. Ongoing projects that expand gradually over time and substantial manpower is required to maintain.
  3. Long-term projects with an evolving set of requirements wherein the required technologies are not available.
  4. Projects which have secondary projects within them, and you prefer the extended team to work on the secondary projects, so that the in-house team focuses on the main project in core business.

 

Is Extended Team a good option?

Extended Team Model can be considered as a reliable go-to outsourcing model when you want to scale your in-house team of developers efficiently. We, at AgilizTech, can help you to expand your team with a hassle-free setup and take care of all operational tasks.

How important is it to hire a full stack developer? (5 best reasons)

Importance of a full stack developer

Technology today is an ever-evolving field especially when it comes to development, where a developer plays a key role and is required to upgrade his skill sets regularly to beat the competition.

And a full stack developer is important.

First let’s understand that a full stack developer is one with a knowledge of both front and back end. A full stack developer can handle both the client and server software. They can combine technologies and work in co-ordination with others in providing the desired results.

  Prior to the hiring of full stack developers, specialized work force like front-end developers, back-end developers, database engineers, testers, site reliability engineers etc. worked on Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), but the rise of multiple frameworks, tools and libraries has given an opportunity to developers in dealing with end to end software application development, including the testing, building and deploying applications.

Here are some facts on full stack developer

  • According to Wikipedia 710 coding languages are available globally
  • The Evan Data Group claims a whopping 23 million developers are currently present and will be 27.7 million by 2023
  • BLS reports suggest a 27 per cent rise in web developer jobs by 2024
  • In 2008 on June 3rd the first full-stack development definition emerged
  • Coderhood claims there are 19 varieties of stack developers.

What a full stack developer should be equipped with?

Many of the organisations are looking for full stack developers who can implement agile projects with skill and proficiency. To make best use of the opportunity, a full stack developer must possess certain skills:

  • A full stack developer must be adept with the programming languages like Python, Java, C++, Javascript, Perl, etc to effectively communicate with the machines.
  • The developer should have knowledge on the key components of a microservice architecture like presenting an API, load balancing, distributed cache, containers, data offloading.
  • A full stack developer should have end to end understanding on the frontend technology which includes HTML5, CSS3, and proper knowledge on front end frameworks like JQuery, LESS, SAAS, Vue.js, React, Angular.
  • A full stack developer should be able to handle a project end to end, from conceiving a project, wireframe and prototype design (UX), visual design (UI) and development.
  • Web architecture is one of the key skill requirement of a full stack developer as they must know how to structure the code and data in the database.
  • Should have a first hand knowledge on Version Control System or VCS that helps in managing changes to the source code. Git is a popular VCS that helps developers in tracking codes, update parts of the code, make changes in other developer’s code without breaking things. They should know to implement DevOps tools like Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Chef for CI/CD.
  • A full stack developer should also possess knowledge on automated testing tools like Selenium, TestingWhiz, that helps in checking the quality of product or service simultaneously to developers making changes in code.

Benefits of hiring a full stack developer

Now we know that full stack developers have expert knowledge and experience on various software technologies. So, why it is good to hire a full stack developer? 5 best reasons:

Dexterous skills

A full stack developer is a professional with intense knowledge on front end and backend technologies. Front-end developers build codes (using HTML, CSS and JavaScript) that manages the appearance and interactivity of a site in a browser. Back-end developers write prototype codes connecting your website to other content management systems.

 

Extensive know-how

Full stack developers working on various projects, their experience is endowed with a deep knowledge on various technologies. Handing over the ownership of a project is simple and easy to a full stack developer as they can take end to end accountability of the project due to their knowledge and experience.

Cater to the design structure

A full stack developer not only deals with the development of the code but is well versed in structuring the code and the User Interface designs. They go one step ahead in optimizing and maintaining the existing systems.

 

Problem solving capabilities

A full stack developer being well versed in each of the development stages, and a thorough knowledge on technology will be able to identify the root cause of any issues and deploy long-term solutions. Professional full stack developers have multi skills across various domains.

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Project delivery to be better and faster

As full stack developers work in a team, they can work in collaboration and segregate the work responsibility better delivering maximum results with better quality and on time delivery for a project.

Full stack developers offer huge benefits for an organization as they are proficient in various technologies and capable of solving the problems across various streams of web and app development. Hiring full stack developers can help companies create apps from basic and actively engage in the entire journey of application development.

 

AgilizTech, a leading award-winning company are IT product and service providers offering excellent, innovative and agile technology that suits our customer needs. We cater to various industries which includes Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecom and more. If you are looking for skilled full stack developers, we can help you out with the best that suits your business requirements.

Solved – Angular router outlet appended the view instead of replacing it

Recently while working on an Angular project, we faced a very weird issue while working on one of the third-party plugins recently – the Angular router outlet appended the view instead of replacing it. We spent considerable amount of time searching for solution, before finally cracking it. We hope this article saves your time.

Problem

The router outlet did not load the component that we had asked it to load, instead it appended the view on top of the previous view.

Structure of our component looked something like this –

<app-header></app-header>
<router-outlet></router-outlet>
<app-footer></app-footer>

 

From the dashboard component (for which the route is ‘/dashboard’) we asked the router to replace the view with home component (for which the route is ‘/home).

This is how the navigation code looked like,

import { Router } from ‘@angular/router’;
constructor( private router: Router) {}
this.router.navigate([‘/home]);

But this did not work as expected. The layout after the router navigation looked something like this –

 

Angular router outlet appended the view instead of replacing

 

Instead of replacing, it placed the Home view above the Dashboard view!

 

Solution

We dug deeper to understand why this happened. Here’s what we found –

The plugin we used took the application out of Angular’s ecosystem (which is good as it optimizes performance when starting a work consisting of one or more asynchronous tasks that don’t require UI updates or error handling to be handled by Angular).

In the handler function of the plugin, the ‘this’ keyword that we had used did not hold proper value for the router object.

To force the chunk of code to execute back in the required and necessary “Angular ZONE” we just replaced the navigation code with the following lines,

import { Router } from ‘@angular/router’;
import { NgZone } from ‘@angular/core’; // do not forget the import 🙂
constructor( private router: Router , public zone: NgZone) {}
this.zone.run(() => { this.router.navigate([‘/home]); });

 

That’s it! 🙂

Happy Coding!

 

References

For more information on ngZone check out Angular docs at https://angular.io/api/core/NgZone