An Autonomous Expert Team That Delivers Technology Solutions and Value
Thunderbird Software Development provides all the roles needed to complete the team you require. This team is typically composed of a PM, SW engineers, QA engineers, and other roles that are defined for each specific project. Management is conducted jointly by a Thunderbird Software Development Scrum Master/Engineering Manager and the client’s product owner.
All our team members are 100% bilingual and have 10+ years of experience in their fields. Our rigorous selection process ensures that we only work with the experienced Top 1% of IT Talent.
The Delivery Team works autonomously but communicates and provides status reports as often as you request. Using the Agile methodology, the team relies heavily on feedback and discoveries made during testing to shape its design and functions.
Our expert Delivery Teams work swiftly in sprints to efficiently attack the backlog while maintaining the flexibility to reprioritize and adjust to deliver the best possible product.
With the highest skilled engineering talent and the dedicated team approach, Thunderbird Software Development’s Delivery Teams can immediately start delivering technology solutions and value since teams are quickly formed to implement and execute agreed upon plans.
Where do the team members come from in Delivery Teams?
At Thunderbird Software Development, we pride ourselves on working with the Top 1% of Tech Talent, regardless of who they are or where they come from. That’s why our Delivery Teams are made up of tech engineers from all over Australia—because we only care about working with the best tech professionals. That’s the spirit that guides our strict hiring process and allows us to pick from more than 1.2 million applications per year to find the very best tech engineers for your project.
What is a dedicated project team structure?
When you hire a Delivery Team, you hire the services of an autonomously managed team of engineers that will take care of your project. As such, a Delivery Team needs a complete structure that can tackle the project per your requirements and following your feedback. To do so, these teams usually include key roles that lead the project to successful completion. These include:
• Frontend engineers: Responsible for developing the “visible” part of the project, these professionals are the ones who code and test user interface elements and functionality.
• Backend engineers: These are the experts who take care of everything that happens backstage. In other words, they focus on developing the inner logic and the background components.
• QA engineers: These professionals are in charge of the quality of the entire development lifecycle. They don’t just ensure that the product is as bug-free as possible but also that the processes used to build it have optimal quality
• UX/UI designers: They are responsible for ensuring that the user experience is intuitive, simple, and engaging.
• DevOps engineers: Professionals that work with the developers on the team to better coordinate development, operations, and testing efforts.
• Business analysts: They serve as bridges between the IT team and the business, evaluating processes, determining requirements, and offering suggestions and reports to executives.
• Project managers: The leaders of the development team, they initiate, plan, design, execute, and monitor the entire development process.
At Thunderbird Software Development, we personalize our Delivery Teams to your unique business needs, which means that this structure can look different for your project. Our main goal, however, remains the same: to gather the perfect team to create the digital solution you’re looking for.
Dedicated Team vs. Time and Materials Model
When outsourcing your development, you’ll have to decide on an engagement model, a structured plan that defines the basis of the collaboration between you, the client, and Thunderbird Software, the software development company. This engagement model establishes your needs while ensuring the level of control, flexibility, and responsibility involved in the project development. Additionally, any given engagement model has its impact on pricing.
There are 3 common engagement models: Dedicated Teams, Time and Materials, and Fixed Price.
A Dedicated Team model is mostly used for long-term projects with unclear requirements and potential changes in scope. It’s also common when the client doesn’t have the necessary skills to tackle the project at hand. The pricing model in Dedicated Teams is often monthly payments based on the team’s size.
A Dedicated Team model implies the following:
The outsourcing company manages the project and the team but offers multiple feedback options for the client.
The outsourcing company is responsible for gathering the right professionals into a Dedicated Team to meet the client’s needs and requirements.
Client and team coordinate the project’s workflow, including development schedules and deliverables.
Pros of a Dedicated Team model:
More affordable option than hiring an in-house team.
Team dedicated exclusively to the project at hand.
Continuous development and delivery for improved flexibility and scalability.
Faster workflow when compared to more strictly planned models.
Cons of a Dedicated Team model:
Efficient only for long-term projects.
Less control over the development.
Time and Materials model
In this model, you only pay for the time and effort the developers spend on your project working on predefined features and functionality. It’s a flexible model that’s widely considered to be the most convenient, as you only pay for actual work performed on a specific timeframe (daily, weekly, or monthly basis, for example).
A Time and Materials model implies the following:
The client has to provide a precise scope and oversee the project to ensure the work being performed is relevant.
Cooperation between the client and the development team is closer than with the Dedicated Team model, as the client needs to be more involved in the decisions.
Pros of a Time and Materials model:
Flexible approach to development that gives room for changing requirements.
Highly scalable and rapidly adaptable to new needs.
Tight time management that ensures a faster development.
Increased cost control and budget flexibility.
Closer monitoring of the development by the client.
Cons of a Time and Materials model:
Difficult to accurately estimate the required time for project completion.
Closer monitoring implies less time for the client to focus on other business tasks.
Flexible timeframes make it difficult to define a finish date.
Loose client controls can lead to wasted time and inflated costs.