OECD – a Hybrid Team Model Example

5+ years
  • agile practices
  • distributed teams
  • nearshoring
  • .NET
  • Office365
  • advanced frontend
  • React/Redux
  • Office.js
  • MS Sharepoint 2016
  • Java 8
  • MarkLogic
  • RESTful APIs
  • MS SQL
  • Oracle

Established in 1961, with 35 member countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Through an extensive network of specialists, OECD measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. Publishing more than 250 new titles per year, OECD sets international standards on a wide range of issues, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

The OECD provides a meeting place for thousands of experts where different government institutions can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. As the main challenge, Helmes is supporting and developing a set of applications – a contact and management system – that will support OECD’s core function – hosting different forums.

There are additional four teams from Helmes working with the OECD Headquarters in Paris on many different systems:

  • Set of different internet applications
  • Statistics module development;
  • Publishing and documentation management;
  • Collaboration tools for external and internal users.

We use a hybrid team model, where developers are located in Estonia and France. Usually, the most mission-critical projects require our developers to work on-site for security reasons. Also, each new team member is required to spend 3 weeks of the knowledge transfer period in Paris.

Helmes is providing resources for profiles like scrum masters, developers & lead developers, quality assurance, deployment, stress testing, and analysis, while OECD provides team lead, product owner and business analyst roles.

"Competent, forthright and proactive; our interaction with Helmes has grown steadily over the last three years and they are now our main software development partner in the network and dissemination management area"

– Douglas Paterson, Head of Information Dissemination Systems at OECD

My teams are developing software for OECD. Let me know if you have a software challenge to solve! We can help.

Tarmo Kiivit

+372 509 1751

We believe

Anyone can write code. But not everyone can assemble multiple teams of highly motivated IT professionals to create custom software that makes a difference.
Helmes is an international software house headquartered in Tallinn, with clients across all of Europe. The long-term success of Helmes is built on lasting partnerships that bring about tangible business gains for our clients.
800+ experts
28+ years of experiences
23+ markets
93m+ end users
50/50 gender balance in management

Our clients

For over 27 years in business we have provided custom software development services to more than 500 organizations. Our clients are the leading telecom operators, banks, insurance companies, logistics corporations, healthcare providers and government institutions.

Charity projects

Even though custom software development is our passion, we do care about many other things as well. We contribute to the following initiatives.

Something Special

In April 2014, we started and continue the annual Collective Investment Program „Something Special“. We place 5% of our profits into the fund every year for the use of which the employees can present proposals and vote for the best proposal. As a result of the ideas presented by the employees and voting, currently ca 50,000 euros of the fund’s resources have been equally allocated to two intended purposes:

  • helping sick children whom the national medical system does not help;
  • assisting disabled people to obtain IT knowledge and engage them in work.

Education Innovation Fund

We have teamed up with other Estonian entrepreneurs to set up a philographic fund, which aims to offer seed capital for innovative solutions, principally in secondary education in Estonia, with a target spend of over €1 million, which it already has to hand, over the next three years.

Developing students’ knowledge in the sciences, creativity and their ability to work in a team, which are the key competences of modern economy, are a focus of the program.