Django Stars augmented an internal team building a data analytics healthcare software. The team is currently testing the second version of the web app.
Django Stars expedited the launch of the initial version of the app and reduced time to market. Their expertise, solid project management, and honest communication have led to additional work.
“We couldn’t have created this product without Django Stars.”
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m the chief executive officer of Haystack Informatics, which provides analytic software for the healthcare industry. Our solution helps health systems turn data into action by revealing and standardizing best practices.
What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?
We needed help creating a web application, which had to be designed according to our specifications. Our in-house people were busy doing other tasks, so we wanted to augment our capabilities with a third party to create this new product quickly.
What was the scope of their involvement?
They helped us build the first and second versions of our product. We did the data science part while they developed the web application frontend using Django. Initially, we defined what the project looked like, prepared the data, and provided mockups and specifications for the database structure.
What is the team composition?
We’ve worked with a project manager, a designer, and frontend and backend people. The CTO and CEO are also involved in our project.
How did you come to work with Django Stars?
After looking at a few providers, we picked Django Stars based on the questions that they asked and some of the previous projects they had done. We felt that they’d be a good partner for us.
What is the status of this engagement?
We’ve worked together since January 2017. Currently, they’re just working on a few bugs, which should be done by the end of this week.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We’re very happy with the functionality and reliability of the product. They’ve had a strategic impact on who we are as a company; we couldn’t have created this product without Django Stars.
How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?
They are very strong in project management. They would break the work down into tasks and estimate how long each will take. Then, they would measure the actual performance versus the estimates.
They are very good at communicating. We use Jira, Slack, email, and Skype.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They’re a responsible and straightforward team who gets things done.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No, we’re happy with what they’ve created.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Be clear about what you want. The clearer you are, the more likely the project will be a success. If you do most of the work upfront, the execution becomes a straightforward exercise. Otherwise, it would mean lots of changes that would increase the time and cost.