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Strategic Sourcing Quiz


The right model for you to accomplish your content goals depends on a handful of key considerations. Select the option for each consideration that most closely matches how you’d like to work, and we’ll recommend a model or blend of models for you to consider.

Type of Work:

How would you describe the content work you’re looking to accomplish?

  • a

    My content work is easily broken down into low-level, routine tasks that don’t need much context or access to secure systems/confidential information.

  • b

    I have a specific area of content need, but I’m not completely sure at this point which tasks I’ll need handled on any given day.

  • c

    I have a distinct project or set of ongoing tasks that I can easily carve out and hand to an external partner to handle.

  • d

    Content is core to my business; I need highly strategic content work backed by deep organizational commitment and knowledge.

Security:

What level of protection are you comfortable with for the content help you need this year?

  • a

    The tasks at hand are not confidential or proprietary, and doesn’t require credentials or access to internal systems.

  • b

    This work requires credentials, a background check, and a signed NDA.

  • c

    This work requires credentials, a background check, a signed NDA, and deep alignment with my company’s vision.

  • d

    This work requires credentials, a background check, a signed NDA, and a permanent commitment to my organization.

Duration:

How long will you need content talent?

  • a

    I need help on a task-by-task basis, rather than for a specific length of time.

  • b

    My content needs and/or budget is for a specific, shorter-term length of time.

  • c

    I have an ongoing need for content.

  • d

    Permanently—I can’t ever see not needing this role’s contribution.

People Management:

How much bandwidth do you have to manage the people creating, revising, and maintaining your content?

  • a

    None—my core concern is that the work happens accurately and on time.

  • b

    A few minutes a day to check for basic well-being. For this project or set of tasks, I won’t have time for full-scale career coaching and development.

  • c

    I’d like to have someone else handle all people management; I’m fine with providing indirect feedback on a semi-regular basis, but only if I notice something’s wrong.

  • d

    People management is one of my top priorities; I either have or plan to make the time to effectively manage and coach content talent on my team.

Task Management:

How much bandwidth do you have to manage the work itself?

  • a

    I have some time up front to structure in detail how tasks should be done, and I can devote QA resources after the work is completed, but the task management should be automated. I want to be completely hands-off on any given day.

  • b

    I can devote time throughout my week to give direction on tasks, track status, and adjust workload as needed.

  • c

    I need someone else I can trust to competently manage tasks themselves. I’d like to stick to giving strategic direction and receive reports about how the work is going.

Talent:

What kind of people do you need working on your content needs?

  • a

    I need entry-level talent who can do the basic tasks at hand—they won’t have access to anything high-level or confidential, and they won’t be working on strategy.

  • b

    I need vetted talent who are highly qualified for the work and who are a decent fit for my team.

  • c

    I need to know that the people working on my projects are top-notch, but don’t need to interact with them personally except for meetings with a friendly, smart project manager.

  • d

    I need strong talent who are near-perfect fits for my team long-term.

Accountability and Reporting:

What are you looking for in terms of visibility and opportunities to provide feedback?

  • a

    I’d like to be able to pull reports from an automated task tracker to get stats on task completion, and I can make decisions about anyone who needs to be cut from those completion numbers. Otherwise, I don’t need much in the way of reporting.

  • b

    Weekly status reports would be fine, along with data analysis I request over the course of our work together. I’d like to give performance feedback on a consistent basis, but not continuously.

  • c

    Detailed reporting’s very important to me. I have (or want to establish) clear metrics and targets for this work, and I’d like to see regular data analysis on performance against those targets.

  • d

    In addition to data I can pull from various sources, I want to have regular one-on-one meetings with the people performing the work to hear first-hand about how their work is progressing. I’ll work with them individually to establish goals, and I’ll give them direct feedback on their performance as I work with them.

Size of Team:

How many people do you think you’ll need to get all of your content goals accomplished?

  • a

    Since my work doesn’t require anyone to commit to more than one task at a time, I’ll probably want a large pool of people available to pick up work as they’re able.

  • b

    I need a specific number of people committed to this work for a set number of weeks or months.

  • c

    I don’t know—I prefer to think about my content needs as a series of deliverables.

  • d

    I have budget and headcount on my team for a certain number of permanent hires who will contribute highly strategically.

Cost/Value for Money:

Where and how do you prefer to spend for content?

  • a

    I’d prefer to deeply invest in platform development/automation and QA while spending relatively little on dollars per hour for content talent.

  • b

    I have the budget to pay market rate for talent’s time and expenses for a set period of time.

  • c

    I prefer to pay by all-inclusive flat fee per deliverable, as long as the results are polished and up to my quality bar.

  • d

    I have budget for an employee’s salary and benefits, and I can commit to that expense for the foreseeable future.

Success:

Which of these most accurately describes the situation in which your content needs are fully met?

  • a

    The specific content tasks I’ve identified are complete, within agreed-upon service level agreements.

  • b

    I have access to vetted, high-quality content professionals when I need them.

  • c

    I have a strategic external partner who produces deliverables up to my expectations, acting as an extension of my team.

  • d

    My permanent team includes someone who can make strategic, meaningful contributions to my company’s core content business needs.





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