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Wednesday, 05 August 2020 17:47

Why you should consider an Independent Tribe for your next project.

By talentCRU

GUEST OPINION: Digital transformation is a necessity for many organisations to stay competitive. However, it often involves the rollout of large and costly IT projects that go over budget and underdeliver on their expected results. In fact, a study found that half of all IT projects with initial budgets of at least $15m went well over their allocated spend. Additionally, 7% of projects went over time, and nearly 60% were shown to deliver less value than originally expected.

One way to avoid budget and timeline disasters, while also ensuring your project delivers on its promises, is by utilising an Independent Tribe Partnership. talentCRU, a workforce solutions company within the Adcorp Group, identified a need for an outcome-based project delivery model that was able to be rapidly deployed much quicker than traditional sourcing models. From this, they developed Independent Tribe Partnerships.

An Independent Tribe Partnership is a project collaboration between talentCRU and the ‘Tribe’. Handpicked from talentCRU’s extensive network of consultants, Tribes are small, independent businesses that specialise in specific technical domains or functions. The Tribe brings considerable industry experience to the project, while talentCRU provides the overall engagement, leadership and support to ensure overall project success.

What makes Tribes different?

The team is already established.
Generally, people who have successfully worked together before are more efficient, productive and faster to deploy compared to project teams pieced together from different channels. The Tribe Leader brings their established team of Tribe Members to deliver the project. So, there’s no lag with complete strangers having to establish working rhythms with each other, or time spent having to replace a contractor who isn’t performing.

Tribes operate on an outcome-basis.
Rather than focusing on just tasks, Tribes are an outcome-based delivery model. Therefore, they align to a customer’s overall business goals. Not only does this mean that they’ll be focused on meeting deadlines and costs are predictable, but it also fosters innovation for the Tribe to deliver the best solution for all parties involved.

They’re vendor-agnostic.
Neither the tribe, nor talentCRU are tied to any specific vendor or manufacturer. This means that the solution proposed is the one that best meets the client’s needs. Not one with the most generous rebate or any other incentive.

Can be scaled up through staff augmentation.
If the project’s scope requires more manpower than what the existing Tribe can offer, talentCRU can augment the team with skilled talent. Therefore, an Independent Tribe Partnership can manage projects of all sizes.

Available for short-term engagements.
Short-term projects, leave cover and consulting assignments of less than four weeks duration are notoriously difficult to fill. However, as this model has been created with flexibility and agileness in mind, Tribes do not have a minimum duration requirement and can easily be deployed for short-term engagements as either a plug and play model or from an on-demand virtual bench.

Keeping it local.
Tribes are specialist IT consultancies based here in Australia. talentCRU doesn’t use offshore contractors, and this has proven to be more cost effective overall in terms of capacity and productivity. Not only that, but it’s also helping to keep jobs within Australia, which is now more important than ever in these uncertain times.

If you would like to find out more on how Independent Tribe Partnerships can help with your next IT or technology project, visit the talentCRU website.


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