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How to Upskill Your Team with State-of-The-Art Node.js and React.js Competences by Working with an Augmented Team

Bálint Száray
March 27, 2024

Understanding the need for upskilling

In our ever-evolving tech world, recognizing the importance of learning is crucial. As technology advances faster than ever before, companies need to embrace new technologies to stay competitive. Failing to adopt technologies and training employees can lead to a company losing its edge and eventually becoming outdated. It will lose its ability to innovate and meet changing customer needs.

Hiring employees or setting up training programs can be quite expensive and time-consuming. Upskilling as a service can be an option, especially for short-term needs. It enables businesses to invest in training without the added costs of hiring and retaining staff. External upskilling providers have access to the latest tools, techniques, and industry best practices. By partnering with them, companies can ensure that their employees are trained using up-to-date information and methodologies, giving them a competitive edge.

Companies should consider external upskilling when they lack the required expertise internally, face time constraints, seek cost efficiency, or desire access to cutting-edge knowledge.

Benefits of working with an augmented team

Augmented teams provide an edge in the IT industry by granting access to talent pools and expertise. This allows companies to tackle projects effectively and bridge any skill gaps that may exist internally. Augmented teams also provide flexibility in staffing and project management. Whether you're facing varying workloads, budget constraints, or skill gaps, an augmented team can adjust to meet your requirements. This adaptability allows you to scale your team as needed, ensuring optimal resource allocation and project completion.  

Collaboration is key within augmented teams, promoting increased productivity and efficiency. By working and sharing resources, team members can leverage each other's strengths to achieve objectives more efficiently. Having access to specialized skills and knowledge elevates the team's competency, enabling them to handle complex tasks more easily.

The benefits go beyond efficiency gains. They also influence the quality and speed of project delivery. Working with an augmented team offers a strategic approach to upskilling your team.

Choosing the right skillset for your team: Node.js and React.js

React.js, developed by Facebook, has become the powerhouse of web development due to its robustness, flexibility, and scalability. Complementing React.js, Node.js provides a server-side runtime environment for building scalable and event-driven applications. Moreover, this ecosystem has a significant number of open-source packages available to use, enabling rapid development of applications and integrations.

Adopting React.js for frontend development and Node.js for backend development makes full-stack development possible with a unified JavaScript stack, facilitating code reuse and easier maintenance. A superset of JavaScript, TypeScript, was developed by Microsoft to overcome Javascript's weaknesses, improving code quality and maintainability. In addition, React.js and Node.js have a large and active community, ensuring support, continuous improvement, and access to best practices.

Finding the right augmented team

It's crucial to find the right augmented team to ensure the success of a project. One important factor to consider is their expertise in the required technology area. Additionally, flexibility in resource allocation is crucial, enabling the team to adapt to changing project needs effectively. Knowledge of multiple processes, such as agile and lean, is also required to streamline development workflows and ensure efficient delivery. They should have experience working on projects of various sizes and complexities.

Effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate within a team environment are necessary for productive working relationships and maintaining project momentum. They should have a well-rounded team that can support diverse roles, including development, testing, architecture, and DevOps, ensuring comprehensive project coverage when needed.

By carefully considering these factors, you can assemble an augmented team that not only meets your project requirements but also delivers results effectively and efficiently.

Case Study

Let's look at some examples of when the augmented team really shines.

In one of the cases, an IoT product manufacturing company needed a mobile application, but it did not have the necessary in-house resources. They hired an external mobile team from us. The team successfully developed the mobile application. However, their internal team lacked the knowledge to create a modern, maintainable, and scalable cloud platform, and the existing platform's performance was not optimal. They brought in our developers to rewrite the platform. During the rewrite, our team helped them to create a new and larger internal developer team that specifically focused on the newly created cloud platform.

In another case, a company had a product and an internal software development team but needed to speed up the delivery. They expanded the internal team with our developers, which revealed that the internal processes could have been more optimal and needed improvement. The technology used needed to be updated as well. The joint team helped in optimizing the internal processes and initiated a modernization process to ensure the product's maintainability in the future as well. Since our help, the internal team has learned the new processes and continued the modernization independently.

Measuring success: KPIs and performance metrics

Measuring the success of augmented teams can be challenging without the right KPIs and performance metrics. The variety of KPIs are endless, but here is a list of some of the most important ones:

  • meeting project goals and objectives
  • productivity, technical skills, expertise, and quality work
  • time to productivity, which measures how long it takes to become fully productive
  • cost and client satisfaction

Measuring these KPIs and performance metrics can help businesses determine whether the project is heading in the right direction or not and make any necessary adjustments if needed.


Given the size of the software business and the challenges of recruitment, it's no wonder that the number of augmented teams are constantly increasing. Augmented teams provide flexibility and save time on recruitment, which can significantly impact cost and time.

Upskilling offers a way to keep innovating while retaining your current workforce. By leveraging the skills and expertise of external specialists, companies can fill the gaps in their workforce and gain access to the latest tools and technologies.

In summary, working with an augmented team offers a solution to upskill your team, retain your current workforce, and stay competitive.