What was the scope of their involvement?
We worked together to develop the scope for the first phase of the project. They were cautious to not overcommit, which was an indication that they were responsible. Then, they started working, and we introduced some changes in the middle. They worked closely with us and they understood that there were some uncertainties that needed to be adjusted initially.
We just finished the first phase. It will be tested and then delivered to production. We plan to continue working with them using a different approach. We’re going to continue as a time and materials contract with the same team that built the first phase. There will be no specific scope to deliver; they will just support our back office team.
They’re building a cash management or reconciliation system to tie all the transactions that the customer makes together. They’re setting it up so we can download bank statements or access them via APIs. AccelOne is developing a platform that can easily incorporate new bank statements and, in some cases, automatically recognize customer orders at the moment that they can be seen at the bank.
What is the team composition?
They have three developers and one project leader. We complemented that team with three people from our side plus a Scrum master.
How did you come to work with AccelOne?
We looked for a consulting firm that could help us, but we didn’t want a huge company because we were a small company. We wanted them to have experience in similar projects, and we wanted them to feel like a partner that could work closely with us to create a good product and help guide us toward the best way to do it. We narrowed it down to three companies in Argentina because I wanted them to be close. We chose AccelOne because they also have a presence in the U.S. They were the right size, they had the right experience, and the price was good.
I asked each of the companies to give me a proposal for a two-week scope where we could narrow down an initial scope. Other companies were charging me for it, but AccelOne did not charge us. It narrowed down the scope for the first phase we were trying to accomplish. They brought on Luis (CTO, AccelOne), who was knowledgeable and affirmed that they had the knowledge that they said they had.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent over $50,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in April 2018 and the work is ongoing.