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Types of Remote Development Teams (How You Make the Right Choice)


When you are running a business or plan to start one, you always search for a balance between your goals, available resources, and timeline.

Of course, you need the best team with the budget you have. However, people you need are often not the people you can easily bring to your office. What do you do?

Try expanding your geography. Hire a remote development team.

One benefit of a custom software development project is that it can be completed remotely.

Project challenges are different. So are team structures. Depending on your requirements, you can choose among the following (or build your own):

  • a remote development team
  • a dedicated team
  • a distributed team
  • an extended team
  • a virtual team

Aren’t they all the same?

Not really. Although terms cross over, they have only one thing in common: none would be working onsite, in your office.


Types of remote development models


The difference lies in the team members’ location, team structuring, and project management.

The remote development team is the general term for everyone who does not work directly from the head office. It can be one of the company’s teams but located elsewhere, an outsourcing development team, or a team of freelancers living somewhere else in the world.

Depending on geographical distance, this can be an onshore, nearshore or offshore development team.

1) In the case of a distributed team, all team members are literally scattered around the world. They meet only online.

2) The virtual team is comprised of members from different teams or departments. They work on the same project, often within the same organization, but report to different managers.

3) The dedicated team acts as a single unit. The team is responsible for one project. Sometimes it works from a different location. But it can also be located at the office of your chosen outsourcing service provider.

4) There is also an option for businesses that already have a development team but seek quick scalability: extended team. This model applies when projects have more scope than a single development team can handle.

Under the extended development model, a business has an in-house development team. It outsources certain activities to remote development teams. Because both teams are responsible for different parts of the same solution (e.g., API maintenance, database, server monitoring, etc.), they communicate regularly.

Below is a table to illustrate these differences:

remote development teams


Choosing a development model


Outsourcing software development helps save overhead costs and/or supplements expertise into a project. However, choosing the wrong cooperation strategy could have dire circumstances. What kind of team does your project need?

Should you hire a team or a single freelancer?

It depends on:

  • size
  • deadline
  • project timeline (short-term, long-term)
  • managerial strategy

Below are the pros and cons associated with different development models. These factors affect the decision for a remote development team the most:

remote development teams


Here is the bottom line


Recipe for your success depends on the scope of your project, type of your company, and your managerial experience.

You can choose from several options. When you work for a large organization, you can find professionals in the company’s other office(s) and create a virtual team. You can find professionals all over the world and make a distributed team. You can meet an aggressive deadline by adding outsourced expertise to an extended team. Or, you can find a dedicated team for your startup and benefit from technical and managerial competence.

When switching to a remote development strategy, you get access to a wider talent pool, rare expertise, and cost-effectiveness.

Here are some major benefits of remote development teams.

You can:

  • get the best specialists available for your budget
  • save overhead costs including onboarding, running costs, office rent
  • ensure fast team expansion when your service grows rapidly
  • have flexibility
  • provide 24/7 availability for everyone around the world

Remember: no matter how big your office is, a virtual office is bigger.

Are you looking for a reliable dedicated team? Or, do you want to enrich your current team with missing expertise?

Present Connection, you can have both. Contact us. Together, we will find the best option for your business.


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