It’s no surprise that with rapid technological innovation, comes the inevitable panic of playing catch-up. Companies not leading the technological charge are desperate to react: they must become more adaptable, more scalable and obviously, more productive. Political climate change has also forced both labor and management to rethink their traditional roles, e.g., the Affordable Care Act causing employers to trim or cut completely employee benefits.
The lines are blurring. Full-time software developers are now working alongside upstart agile talent pools and, like it or not, it’s trending more toward the freelancers. Traditional business models may grumble at the idea of not having full control over its employees, but the complaints are losing their volume. The benefits to bringing in gig economy developers should and will far outweigh the old-school paradigms some companies may be trying to hold up against the tide of technology and agility.
Agile talent is exactly what it sounds like: a group of software developers that can work more quickly and more nimbly than a traditional, full-time workforce. And when it comes time for you to tap into that agile talent pool, your company not only can get the exact right talent for any project, you are now positioned to pivot more quickly and can respond to technological changes within your own marketplace.