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AGENCY04 is a 100+ strong team that builds Mobile apps, Web apps & Enterprise backends.

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$50,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2013
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Software Dev for Electrical Engineering Company

“They’re eager to learn from us and solve our issues creatively.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017–Ongoing
Project summary: 

AG04 was hired to develop two software programs from scratch.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Tonci Kalina
Head of Custom Software Development, Končar
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The programs are still in development, but AG04 has fulfilled all original expectations and requirements thus far. As a team, they’ve provided unique ideas and strong skills to complete the two software platforms.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of custom software development and work in the near real-time sector for Končar. We primarily work for utility companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AG04?

We required help with two software development projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their team is developing two custom software programs from scratch. Additionally, they’re testing the platforms for bugs and issues.

What is the team composition?

The AG04 team provides 3–4 dedicated individuals for our project.

How did you come to work with AG04?

I used my connections within my network and contacted several developers. After three months of research, I interviewed the entire AG04 team and chose them for the project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $350,000 on the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in November 2017 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The work they’ve produced completely satisfies our expectations.

How did AG04 perform from a project management standpoint?

To keep up with the fast nature of the project, we worked in the same location and formed strong connections. They have a solid, unique approach and our process is smooth because of it. Their team communicates with us daily through email and in-person meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We appreciate that the team has remained consistent throughout the project. They have a strong understanding of our needs because they’ve been involved since the beginning. They’re eager to learn from us and solve our issues creatively. Overall, they're a great team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There's nothing they could improve on.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You can educate yourself about software development by working with AG04—they’re a strong team to learn from.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dedicated Dev for Continuous Delivery Software Firm

"They’re committed, knowledgeable, and capable of managing an IT team."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AG04 participates in the development of complex products, including a software deployment tool. They use Angular, React, Java, and Scala to build the products’ core engines and features.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Burlington, Massachusetts
Andreas Prins
VP of Product Development, XebiaLabs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to their maturity and competency, AG04 behaves like a part of the internal team. The agency trains junior developers through a rigorous, comprehensive process. Their deep technology and framework knowledge, along with their long-term dedication to the project, sets them apart. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of Product Development for XebiaLabs, a company that develops continuous delivery software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AG04?

We needed to scale up and acquire developers with certain technology knowledge.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our company has three products, which we continuously improve and extend. AG04 is working on two of them. They help us develop the new features we add to the products.

One of the products, called XL Deploy, deploys software toward different environments. The other is called XL Release. They started building integrations. The product grew suddenly, so they moved into the core team. They’re now a mature contributor to these two products’ core engines.

All the features they build are great. We build a new feature, add it to the project, do first rounds, get some user feedback for about half a year, and then start adding more new features. They participate in the process. We use Java, Scala, React, and Angular.

What is the team composition?

They now have two autonomous teams working on our products. We use everyone, from junior engineers all the way up to senior engineers. The senior engineers usually lead the team’s progress in the role of Scrum masters. We don't use any project or product managers.

Those are located at our headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands, but reach out often to the Croatian team. They run two independent software development teams and are responsible for maintaining our quality standards. They’re valuable contributors, and they also improve the core process and delivery. We just have engineers with different levels of knowledge and experience.

How did you come to work with AG04?

They were working before I joined the company. Even before they join my team, AG04 trains their junior engineers using our framework and process. That’s a great benefit. Another thing that distinguishes them is that they always have seniors in the team who onboard the junior engineers to our process. It’s not only the technology they own, but also the way of working which is helpful. People get used to how we work.

They’re happy to be a part of our team. They made a long-term commitment, which I really like. The teams and people are stable, and they participate in the events we organize. They’re a part of the organization, not just a contractor.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2014 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We have been pleased with their knowledge and capabilities. They perform like our in-house team. They’re mature and participative. They have a lot of domain knowledge and can solve really difficult customer issues. Their senior engineers are dedicated to helping us. They’re just part of the family.

How did AG04 perform from a project management standpoint?

We moved from classic project management to an agile methodology. They run independent teams. Every release has been a mini-project, which they run very well. They do project delivery estimation themselves and reach out to us if they have questions. We use Jira and email, and HipChat for day-to-day integration with the teams in India and the Netherlands. It’s a daily stream of communication. We put a little bit of documentation in Confluence.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The management team wants long-term commitments, which I really like. They really understand technologies and know what the new frameworks are, what conferences you have to go to, how you should train your people, and how to determine quality in software development. They’re committed, knowledgeable, and capable of managing an IT team. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

A company that is extremely technology-minded can sometimes struggle to grow. They have difficulty growing and finding the right people. We’re on the journey together, and we can challenge each other.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t go to them for a couple of cheap bodies. Go to them because you see value in having a full team to help you build your products. Every relationship requires a little time and investment. Take the time and engage with them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer