What was the scope of their involvement?
Our project had 4 phases: discovery, development, build and deliver. First, we had a brainstorming session with them about what we wanted and if an app would be the best solution (since it’s an expensive project and as a charity, we are very careful about how we spend our funds).
Once we determined to go ahead, they came back with a proposal, we accepted it, and we started the design and development phase, which took about six or seven weeks. We had them develop for Android because we use Android tablets, and it’s cheaper. The phone works as a remote control and it operates the eye screening test on the tablet.
Not only did 3 SIDED CUBE develop the entire app, but they adhered to optician standards. The app needed to produce results that were measurable and familiar to optometrists, so it actually includes the Snellen chart scale. It consists of four tests: acuity, blurred vision (astigmatism), color blindness, and duochrome (testing for long- or short-sightedness). The app is efficient and quick to use, produces effective results, and is child-friendly on screen (although we have an adult version, too). We can do all the tests in under four minutes, and the results for both the left and right eye show up at the end. 3 Sided designed certificates, too, that the children can take to their optician that show what tests they took and their results.
After we launched and tested the app, we discovered that one of the tests wasn’t working properly, so we went back to 3 SIDED CUBE to fix it. They’ve been open and willing to help us with those tweaks. Now that the app is finished, we’re interested in getting 3 SIDED CUBE’s support with analytics, so we’ve started talking with them about how much that would cost to build into the next version. They’re already doing research and development around a very unique and different test that's not been done before, and the next steps could take another six months.
What is the team dynamic?
We had a project manager, her supervisor, and three others who were involved in the development and build. The project manager was our main point of contact, and her supervisor made sure everything was running smoothly.
How did you come to work with 3 SIDED CUBE?
I looked at development teams in our area, but I wasn’t happy with any of them, so I started looking online, especially at other corporate eye tests apps and who designed them. 3 SIDED CUBE came up at least twice so, after speaking with them and being confident they understood our project, they presented a proposal and we accepted.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent around £25,000 [$33,186].
What is the status of this engagement?
We started in August 2017, and although they have delivered the app, we’re still working with them.