What Are High-Performance Squads and Why Do You Need Them

July 4, 2023 — Articles, Blog
High-Performance Squads

High-Performance Squads operate with a shared purpose, working together towards a common goal, and leveraging their collective knowledge and skills to deliver outstanding results.

Like so many other companies, are you struggling to get the right tech talents at the right time to turn your projects into a quick and successful reality? As you will see in this article, the High-Performance Squads model is an excellent choice.

High-Performance Squads in a nutshell

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, companies are constantly seeking ways to accelerate their Digital Transformation initiatives. Timely and efficient delivery of IT projects has become paramount. And this is where High-Performance Squads can make a significant difference.

Also known as cross-functional and 100% dedicated development teams, High-Performance Squads are specialized groups of professionals assembled to work on specific projects.

These squads are carefully curated to include individuals with diverse skill sets and expertise, creating a multidisciplinary force capable of tackling complex challenges.

By bringing together professionals from various domains, such as software development, UX/UI, data analysis, quality assurance and project management, High-Performance Squads foster collaboration, innovation, and proficiency.

High Performing IT teams operate with a shared purpose, working together towards a common goal, and leveraging their collective knowledge and skills to deliver outstanding results. Their agile and flexible nature enables them to adapt quickly to changing requirements, ensuring the successful and timely delivery of high-quality solutions.

The Benefits

Here’s an overview of why High-Performance Squads provide a winning formula:

Get the Flexibility You Need

Flexibility is a crucial aspect provided by High-Performance Squads. Beyond the composition of the team, these squads offer flexibility in terms of timing as well. Companies can have access to skilled and motivated professionals precisely when they need them and for the desired duration, making their projects a reality without overburdening their internal team or going through the hassle of searching and recruiting so scarce talents for short-term engagements.

By partnering with a High-Performance Squads provider like InnoTech, organizations gain the flexibility to scale their resources based on project demands. This means that you can always adjust and enrich the squad (easily Ramp Up & Ramp Down) with specific talents to address the reality at each moment.

Whether you require additional expertise for a specific phase of the project or need to accelerate delivery within a tight timeline, High-Performance Squads can seamlessly integrate into your existing team or operate autonomously, adapting to your project’s unique requirements. This flexibility allows you to maintain agility and efficiently manage your resources, ensuring successful project outcomes while keeping costs and time constraints in check. All of this with shared risk and with you in control (ownership).

Put Efficiency and Effectiveness Together

Efficiency and effectiveness are the cornerstones of High-Performance Squads. By combining these elements, we empower your organization to achieve optimal results.

Our squads follow agile methodologies, such as Scrum, allowing for iterative development, continuous feedback, and quick adjustments. This iterative approach ensures that the project stays on track, issues are promptly addressed, and progress is made in a controlled and efficient manner.

The focus on effective collaboration and streamlined communication within High-Performance Squads eliminates unnecessary bottlenecks, enhances productivity, and accelerates project delivery. By working in short sprints and conducting regular retrospectives, the squads continuously identify areas for improvement, ensuring that the project maintains a trajectory of efficiency and effectiveness.

Measure Productivity by Progress and Quality

Transparent measurement of productivity is essential for any successful IT project. InnoTech’s High-Performance Squads employ a results-oriented approach to measure productivity. Instead of solely focusing on output or hours worked, we prioritize progress and quality as the key metrics. By setting clear goals, defining milestones/KPIs, setting rewards and penalties, and regularly evaluating the quality of deliverables, we ensure that productivity is assessed in terms of tangible progress and adherence to quality standards.

This approach provides a holistic view of project advancement and allows for early identification and resolution of potential issues, leading to a smoother and more successful project outcome. Additionally, our High-Performance Squads leverage modern project management tools and metrics to provide real-time visibility into progress and productivity, enabling data-driven decision-making and effective resource allocation.

Unlock Innovation and Expertise

High-Performance Squads not only deliver projects efficiently but also unlock innovation and tap into specialized expertise. By working closely with your organization, InnoTech’s squads become deeply immersed in your industry, business goals, culture, and technological requirements. This close collaboration enables them to bring fresh perspectives, identify opportunities for improvement, and propose new, better ways of doing things that align with your specific needs.

Moreover, the diverse skill sets within High-Performance Squads allow for the integration of cutting-edge technologies (that you may not have internal knowledge) and best practices into your projects, ensuring that you stay at the forefront of tech advancements. The exposure to a wide range of projects and sectors further enriches the expertise of our squads, enabling them to provide valuable insights and guidance throughout the project lifecycle.

The Journey

At InnoTech, the High-Performance Squads model encompasses a well-defined journey consisting of five stages. It all begins with team organization, where squads are created based on three types: Tech Squad (for instance with 1 Tech Lead, 2 Developers and 1 QA), Business (for instance with 1 Scrum Master, 1 Business Analyst, 1 Tech Lead, 1 Senior Developer and 2 Developers) or Agile (for instance with 1 Scrum Master, 1 Senior Developer, 1 Developer, 1 Mobile Developer and 1 QA).

The next stage involves team setup and onboarding, facilitated by a 100% Dedicated Manager who ensures agile squad management. KPIs are then defined, aligning the squad’s objectives with the client’s project goals, providing clear metrics to measure progress and success.

InnoTech believes in a reward-based system that incentivizes exceptional performance while addressing any challenges through penalties. Regular performance analysis is conducted, allowing for continuous improvement and ensuring the squad maintains its high standards throughout the project lifecycle. This comprehensive journey ensures that InnoTech’s motivated High-Performance Squads are equipped to deliver outstanding results, exceeding client expectations.


Now, it’s time to take action! Count on our customized and multidisciplinary teams to help you innovate at the speed of the business. Let’s talk about your specific challenges so we can prepare a tailored proposal.