High performing remote dedicated teams

AgileEngine is a privately held company established in 2000 that builds dedicated teams of designers and developers. We turn good ideas into awesome software that people actually want to use. Some of the biggest names and the hottest startups around the world chose us to build their tech.

 

Boasting the best engineers from US, Ukraine and Argentina we work with VC-funded Silicon Valley startups and top tech brands around the world.

 

We’ve also built two products that revolutionize the life of thousands of developers across the globe and are licensed by Mercedes and Samsung.

 
$50,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2000
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McLean, VA
headquarters
  • 1751 Pinnacle Drive
    McLean, VA 22102
    United States
other locations
  • Olesia Honchara St, 35
    Kiev 02000
    Ukraine
  • Washington, DC 20001
    United States
  • Buenos Aires 1878
    Argentina

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Leading software product companies and VC-backed technology startups from Sillicon Valley and around the world

The leading online marketplace for social events and activities

An online marketplace that allows people to buy and share deals on the best things to do in their cities and beyond.

The scope of our work:

Using a combination of Java and Scala, we have developed an A/B testing system that reaches 87 million people via the Web, mobile, and email.

An online corporate idea management software

An innovation and idea management software enables organizations to capture, curate and implement the best ideas from their employees.

Using a cloud-based platform and a mobile app, it helps companies generate and capture new ideas.

The scope of our work:

• New scalable and secure AWS-based architecture

• Docker environment for the project

• Integration with third-party analytics tools

• Development of a new React Native mobile application and its integration with the existing API

Cybersecurity as a Service platform

Cybersecurity as a Service (CyaaS) platform that is designed to provide businesses with best-of-breed technology and high-caliber cybersecurity analytic support.

The scope of our work:

• We have helped to develop back-end and UI of the service that provides active defense against threats including advanced persistent threats, crimeware, ransomware and insider threats.

• Integration of Automated testing.

An award-winning comedy website

An award-winning comedy website that features exclusive videos along with user-generated content. The website’s founding team includes Will Ferrell, and its monthly audience totals 40 million people.

The scope of our work:

• The whole suite of Android native apps (Core, NewsFlash, Weather, Pitch, Video editing app) developed from scratch.

• Architecture, design, and implementation.

The marketplace for private jet flights

Victor is the “Uber of private jets”. This iOS app helps you find the best prices for 7000+ private charters.

We developed an elegant sleek mobile experience for users to enjoy.

The scope of our work:

• AgileEngine developed a native iOS app.

• Payment system integrations (Skrill, Stripe, Worldpay, etc).

• Development of complex analytics using Salesforce, GA, Mixpanel.

• AgileEngine together with client’s team built the microservices and backend processing in Node for web and mobile clients.

Worldwide food delivery startup

One of the biggest worldwide food delivery startups headquartered in Europe.

The scope of our work:

• Development of a scheduling tool for the food delivery service

• Architecture, design and implementation

• RESTful API backend

• SPA for mobile devices

Reviews

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Multiple Web & Mobile App Dev for Home Healthcare Company

“They were able to meet our needs with every platform and every functional area.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2011 - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Helping a business be more effective, AgileEngine built a number of web-based systems and mobile applications for iOS and Android.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Reston, Virginia
Ted Tzirimis
CIO, The Medical Team
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is satisfied and still uses all the systems AgileEngine has developed. Highly experienced, AgileEngine was able to meet every need, while their flexibility and superb organizational skills helped them keep the projects on track and avoid any issues.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CIO at The Medical Team. We provide direct care to individuals in their homes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We were looking for a vendor to develop various web and mobile solutions that would help us better manage our business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us build a patient management system and a number of other applications, ranging from standard web development to mobile development for iOS and Android. For the web-based applications, they primarily used JavaScript and .NET on the backend. They were able to meet our needs with every platform and every functional area.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three of their team members, including a team lead, a senior developer, and a mid-level developer.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

They were referred to me by the CTO of another company who had worked with them previously.

How much have you invested with them?

We paid them about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in March 2011 and our latest project was completed in October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They've had a significant impact on how we do business. We're still using all the systems they've built for us.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

They did an excellent job. They organized development boards to ensure the projects were kept on track. They also consolidated all the relevant issues and new features in one repository. We mostly used Skype and Jira to stay in touch.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're based offshore, but their language skills are excellent, so we never had any issues with communication. Also, they were very responsive and willing to shift their hours to align with our work schedule here, in the U.S.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. Everything was great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Map out your projects at the beginning and leverage various communication tools, such as Slack, Jira, and Skype.

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

Dev & QA Staff Augmentation for Analytics Development Platform

"As vendors go, they’re fairly high on my list. I would use them again with any company I went to." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine is contributing frontend and server-side resource to a platform development. Working with an internal team, their developers interact with a GUI and multiple databases and do QA.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
McLean, Virginia
Chris Valas
Senior Director, Engineering, Logi Analytics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AgileEngine’s flexibility has allowed them to improve throughout the engagement and better deliver business requirements. They co-manage responsibilities with an in-house team and advocate for utilizing up-to-date technologies. They’re committed to both improving internally and delivering on time.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior director of engineering at Logi Analytics. We’re a software vendor in the big data market. People will use our products to create software that they can sell themselves. We often play the part of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We were working with four offshore teams to build our platform technology, but we weren’t pleased with their price or quality. AgileEngine allowed us to consolidate all our offshore development in Ukraine.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have several teams working on different aspects of our platform technology. There’s a GUI and frontend team, a server-side team with expert capabilities in modern database technologies, and a QA team. They’ve also contributed process improvement ideas, suggested optimized team assignments, and collaborated on recruiting.

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with three teams of 20 people total. We work through development and QA team leads, but I’ve also spoken with their senior sales and account leads regarding ongoing growth.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

The relationship predates my arrival. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Regarding software quality, they use tools that even we don’t to ensure it’s as high as possible. They balance making internal improvements with delivering on time, which means they’re always getting better. Their accuracy has consistently increased throughout the engagement, and they place enormous value on automated testing and repeatable work.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

They work hand in hand with our internal engineering team, passing responsibility for executing and problem-solving back and forth as we switch shifts. Relative to our time, they work the night shift, so someone is on Slack 24/7. I discourage email, as things tend to get buried, but we use Jira for tickets and Trello for creating ideas and initiatives. They’ve been really responsive and taken our concerns and changes to heart.

In general, I work through the team leads and form close relationships with them. This has been important because they like structure and process. Though we don’t use them this way, they wouldn’t have a problem executing a completely independent project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

As vendors go, they’re fairly high on my list. I would use them again with any company I went to. They’re transparent regarding costs and hiring challenges, so they pushed us to use the most current technologies. Few developers want to work with obscure or old tools, so AgileEngine’s best clients are the ones who have modern tooling. Without that attractiveness, it would be hard for them to compete.

Are there any areas they could improve?

When we began, their estimation process was built around never missing a deadline. Therefore, their time estimate was much longer than we wanted. Never missing a deadline is good in theory, but it wasn’t what we were looking for. I'd rather be aggressive and hit the mark 80% of the time. Their estimates improved drastically once they wrapped their heads around that idea.

At this point, we don’t have any major problems. We have at least two calls every week with their people and put out small fires before they can grow. They’ve made their team more diverse, which allows them to create solutions that connect with more people. We wouldn’t be expanding the way we are if there were problems.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The only way to have a real partnership is for everyone to put their cards on the table and talk about their business and needs. Communicate what you want, and they’ll let you know if they can’t do it. Treat them like your own employees. That’s how you build a long-term relationship with a vendor.

5.0
Overall Score It’s always a work in progress, but we work through everything.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provide good value, so we pay extra to get the best people.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

QA Testing & Mobile App Dev for Home Management Platform

"As our scale improves and our development budget increases, I will certainly be talking to AgileEngine first."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine provided several developers to complement an in-house team on a number of ongoing mobile and web projects. All tasks involve React Native and ClojureScript software. They also conduct QA testing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Chris Johnson
CTO, Centriq Technology, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AgileEngine’s developers have adjusted well to the complex software they had little prior experience with. Still, they have performed to a level on par with the in-house developers. They have been eager to learn and contribute, becoming invested in the overall quality of the deliverables.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CTO at Centriq Technology, and we are a consumer-facing, early-stage startup with a web and mobile presence. We supply a product that allows consumers to keep track of all things in their home that have an on-switch, and we provide assistance in ordering replacement parts, finding manuals, or connecting with service or maintenance professionals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We wanted to increase our team size for our mobile product development team. We have an immediate need to publish features quickly, and the mobile development team lead and I were the only two people writing code at the time we engaged with AgileEngine. We weren’t getting the production we wanted because there were only two of us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have two project tracks with AgileEngine. We have a single-person QA staff, who works with our project management team and performs manual tests and writes extensive test automation for both our mobile and web projects. And we’ve previously had two, but right now we have one, mobile developers with React Native experience working with us on building features for the mobile app.

In both cases, the main challenge we sent their way was working with our stack, which is all ClojureScript, which is not something they had a lot of experience with. It’s a niche language, but it works well for us. Our platform is largely on AWS, but some things look weird because there isn’t a natural place to put Appium, for example, so our QA guy had to build that from scratch—a place that would let him run Appium Python tests in this ClojureScript environment. And he was able to do that.

What is the team composition?

We were assigned one project manager. We were able to interview a number of their developers to find the right fit depending on the tasks. And we had a QA manager.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

Our CEO referred them to us, but I don’t recall how he came to know them. I took a call with AgileEngine, and the initial conversation with them convinced me that they were worth pursuing as partners. They were comfortable setting up a 30-day trial—we’d pay for what we used over 30 days, no harm, no foul. And that gave us confidence in them. We had great communication with their engineers and account manager.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $20,000–$30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2017, and we have ongoing projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’re completing tasks at exactly the same level of our full-time developing employees, who are more directly experienced with our platform.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

We manage projects and deliverables through a combination of Trello, Slack, and video calls. They’ve adapted really well to our project management software, as well as the ClojureScript language we’re working with. We haven’t had any difficulties. They are good in standups, and they’re proactive about finishing a task, making sure of the next priority, and delivering it. They have become stakeholders in the quality of our deliverables.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their developers are bright and eager to challenge themselves. We told them we were working with a rare software language, and they said they had team members who were willing to jump in and learn something new. They’ve proven that they can adapt very quickly. I foresee having them with us for a long time. As our scale improves and our development budget increases, I will certainly be talking to AgileEngine first.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It sometimes takes a while to get the right developer in front of us during the interview process.

That's not a fair criticism of them, though, because the things we're asking for are so rarified and unique that I wouldn't expect them to have a huge stable of those kinds of people.

Any advice for potential customers?

They’re thinking of you as a long-term collaborator, not as a source or hourly income, so don’t be afraid to set expectations or request things to change. They want the relationship to be positive for both sides and effective in the long-term.

5.0
Overall Score They've been ideal partners. I consider us lucky to have found them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were willing to change their schedules to align better with our needs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It's hard to argue with the amount we pay for top-tier developers.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They had no trouble meeting our high standards.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

Core Product Dev & UI for Mobile Ordering Application

“They know what they're doing and it’s apparent that they’ve been in the industry a long time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine built out the backend infrastructure of an existing system to improve its stability. They’re currently developing the platform’s client-facing frontend and its internal administrative dashboard.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Vladimir Sarpe
CTO, ClickDishes Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AgileEngine provides highly-skilled developers with the experience necessary to program complex systems. They produce vast amounts of code with limited resources. Capable of adapting to a frequently changing project scope, their senior developer demonstrates efficient management skills.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO and co-founder of ClickDishes Inc. We provide mobile ordering solutions for quick service restaurants.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We struggled to hire developers skilled enough to build onto the system that we had pre-built by an external development company. As a result, we decided to outsource the work to AgileEngine.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our existing system was okay to get started with, but we had two major issues with it in production and needed to change how it worked. AgileEngine initially allocated one senior developer to redesign the backend so it could be more maintainable. They built our microservice architecture and put it up on Amazon with a way to track and log information. They accomplished this using Node.js and Amazon Web Services. An additional developer joined the project to design the new UI dashboard for both our clients and our internal administrative purposes.

What is the team composition?

A senior developer acts as AgileEngine’s team lead and there’s also an intermediate developer.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

We were already looking for a consultancy firm and one of their marketing emails appeared in my inbox. They were already experienced in the technologies our platform uses and they offered a price that was highly competitive for top-tier developers.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $60,000 at this point.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017 and the engagement is ongoing. The new backend architecture will soon be released to our production systems. The frontend development only started a month ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project consists of two developers working for us on-demand, so it’s hard to evaluate definitive metrics. The amount of code they’ve been able to produce is insane considering the size of their team. We’ve learned a lot from their senior developer about how to structure our system and actually release it on Amazon.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

They mainly provide developers, so we haven’t had to utilize them for intricate project management. Their team lead is capable of delegating work and managing the other developer while maintaining communication with us. We provide the mock-ups and wireframes and they take it from there. We stay involved to an extent, but micromanaging them isn’t necessary. However, we do use Jira and Confluence as our primary project management tools. We also utilize GitHub to review our code.

What did you find most impressive about them?

A lot of companies claim to have expert-level developers, but AgileEngine actually does. Also, I get the opportunity to work through the code with them and I appreciate the hands-on experience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They know what they're doing and it’s apparent that they’ve been in the industry a long time. The only difficulties we've had throughout our experience with them stems from our decisions to pivot direction. However, they remained compliant even in the face of significant project shifts.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’d recommend paying the extra money to contract on of their senior developers because they’re a wealth of knowledge. However, they also have a swarm of intermediate developers that can help deliver well-defined projects.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve experienced a few delays.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Outsourced Dev for Safety & Risk Management Software Firm

“Sometimes you have to fight to get the truth with offshore contractors, but these guys are extremely direct…”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine is expanding and modernizing a web-based app for a transportation software company. They’re introducing API connectivity, flexibility, and mobile responsiveness, and collaborating on user stories.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Pennsylvania
Co-Founder & COO, Safety & Risk Management Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Development velocity estimates are in line with sprint projections. AgileEngine is direct in their communication and eager to provide alternate options when plans need to be adapted. Although they would benefit from assigning more complex work to junior developers, they are highly knowledgeable.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

R1: I’m the co-founder and COO of a company that provides safety and risk management software for transportation fleets.

R2: I’m the Head of Product.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

R1: We were short on development capabilities and power – we only had one co-founder who was our technical lead, and he was overwhelmed – so we were in a time crunch to hire and onboard new developers. We thought outsourcing to a nearshore firm would be the best short-term solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R1: We thought they were going to be a stopgap, but the team was really performing well, so we’ve kept them on for quite some time now. They’re helping build out our enterprise platform, which is a web-based app, and updating it with modern-day technology. Specifically, they’re making it flexible, open to API connectivity, and introducing mobile responsiveness.

R2: As we’ve started getting more work from the front- and backend, they've sent specific developers to help us take wireframes, comps, and mockups, and turn them into actual working products. They also sent us a QA person, so any user story that we put out goes through development and then gets put through our cycles and tests, before it’s sent for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

What is the team composition?

R2: We worked with five people, two front- and backend developers each, and a QA resource.

How did you come to work with Agile Engine?

R1: We looked at two or three different development shops to figure out where their developers were coming from, how much they would cost, what kind of engagements they were used to, and what they offered, services wise. We happened to be down in Washington DC, so we stopped by Agile’s headquarters to meet them face-to-face. We talked for a few hours to understand how they work, who they’d worked with before, and what types of projects they excelled at. We then asked them for two or three current and former customers of theirs, as references, and we heard nothing but good things from those people.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

R2: The best measure would be the velocity and the increase in our ability to actually measure velocity. We’ve been able to finally get estimates from them that are pretty darn accurate. We’ve been able to take stories that were just bleeding over from the sprint, and now hold each other accountable to those estimates.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

R2: I handle most of the project management directly actually. They do have a project manager I touch base with every two to three weeks, but that's not specific to the work they're doing on the project for us. He’s more of an engagement manager, between them and us.

We do use Slack and Jira though. All of our user stories and our Agile boards are sitting in Jira, and that's reviewed daily on a stand-up using Google Hangouts. If we need to have a larger story investigation, we'll extend that, the story estimation and elaboration time of the stand-up. All communication, other than face-to-face, is done through Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

R2: Sometimes you have to fight to get the truth with offshore contractors, but these guys are extremely direct, which I like. If development of a specific feature will take too long, they'll provide other options and come to the table with multiple things for us to look at and choose from.

Are there any areas they could improve?

R2: Allowing some of the junior developers to take on additional work, and not being so hierarchical, would benefit them. I think some of the junior developers are talented enough to take on bigger stories and bigger features correctly.

Any advice for potential customers?

R2: We onboarded slowly, so it took additional time for them to find the right developers. I would tell people to onboard more than one developer at a time, and to look at bringing on QA at the same time, if you're going to use them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    R2: They've been very transparent on my end. R1: I was hoping to see some sort of break in pricing when we started using more developers and picking up momentum.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Dev & Product Integration for Cellular Network Services Firm

“Finally, when AgileEngine doesn’t know something, they’re smart enough to learn, and they do it quickly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine creates and integrates components for a cellular network management company. They develop web-based UI’s, work with Spark and big data, and contribute to machine learning algorithms.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Washington
Head of Data Science, Telecom Software and Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The components are used throughout the company, including in the core of their platform. AgileEngine is dedicated to timelines and works irregular hours to meet them. They’re available via multiple channels of communication and work well independently, which helps them stand out.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Head of Data Science for a telecom software and services firm. We create services and software to optimize and manage cellular networks.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We were trying to find expertise in the technologies that we use to deliver work for several customers around the world.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AgileEngine is able to fill the gap and find the appropriate expertise for the technologies we use. They work on both the integration side and the development side, helping us create web-based UIs. They also help on the core side of our platform using a number of technologies like Spark, big data, and databases. They’ve been working on creating components that contribute to features involved in our machine learning algorithms.

What is the team composition?

We’ve been working with three different people, all located in Ukraine.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

We used to work with a company in Finland but we couldn’t make the time difference work, and they weren’t great about following-up with us. We had some of the same issues with a company in Spain. Our CTO eventually found AgileEngine and they really fit our needs.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $100,000-$250,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since November 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve been involved with at least four major components, which are used in everything from our UI’s, to core functionalities that interact with our database. They’re key parts of the applications that we use.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re good at executing the plans that we develop for different components, and they give feedback about the best way to make those plans. They’re very proactive, which is good when working remotely. There are no issues with the time difference or language barriers and they're very flexible. Sometimes we have to meet outside of normal hours when we have a deadline and they’re available 24/7; it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend or a holiday. We communicate daily using Skype and Slack, and all the work is written in Jira.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They work remotely, but it feels like they’re right here with us, and they’re always online. They’re skilled at understanding complex requirements, and you don’t have to provide fine grain details when you want them to work on complex tasks. They grasp the idea and are able to elaborate on it without too much support. They’re pretty autonomous, which helps a lot when you have a remote team. You don’t have to micromanage their work at all. Finally, when AgileEngine doesn’t know something, they’re smart enough to learn, and they do it quickly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could provide better estimates of when the work is going to be ready, even though it’s not an easy task with the nature of the work we do. Sometimes they miss their approximate number, but that’s just a consequence of the dynamics of our work. It’s not because they don’t try to meet deadlines or don’t know how to estimate.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Stay on top of them at the beginning of a new project to make sure that they understand the goal and the reason for the job. You don’t have to be on top of them after that. Once they get it, they drive it by themselves. But that’s the same no matter what remote team you’re working with.

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

SaaS Platform Development for Human Services Provider

“They helped us deliver on time, which was a huge positive.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2008 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine provides software development services, working on designing, implementing, and running the platforms. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
California
President & Co-Founder, Human Services Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bringing their expertise and years of technical experience to the project, the team ensured that the project was completed effectively and smoothly. They understand the requirements perfectly and work hard to complete all work promptly. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president and co-founder of a solution provider in the human services space. We provide human services programs with education and the foundations to do their job better. I specifically work with a software as a service (SaaS) platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We needed expert partners to help us with scalability, architecture choices, and infrastructure.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re very much a part of my team. They’re involved in every aspect of development: finding a product-market fit, designing architecture, then implementing, running, and maintaining it. We work hand-in-hand. 

They have a great deal of insight into different technologies and make recommendations in that area, and during the development process too. We also use them for UX, web work, QA, and security.

What is the team composition?

There are three people on the team. In the past, we’ve had up to seven.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

We were looking for expertise. We were already using some unique technologies. Their leader had written a book on Java and seemed like an interesting person. We initially hired them because of their very high level of technical expertise.

How much have you invested with them?

Over a hundred thousand dollars.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2008 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They helped us deliver on time, which was a huge positive. Our invoices have been paid on time by our customers and it’s definitely helped us with ongoing renewals. Our attrition rate has reduced a lot.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

We work with them on project management so there is good communication and collaboration. We use Jira, Basecamp, Skype, GoToMeeting, and Smartsheet.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re an interesting mix of people who understand product life-cycle management, agile, and all those things that we use in the startup world. They also have a hacker and system administrator mentality. They are the perfect combination so you can have discussions with the team on both aspects, at the meta level and the detail level, which is so difficult to find.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could use their authority a lot more than they do because we do consider them a part of our team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re a good combination, so make them your partners involved in leadership.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve always stayed within our budget. The rare times they have to go over, they’re very diligent in notifying us.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We work together and deliver what we want done.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Staff Augmentation & Product Dev for Financial Technology Firm

“They were very responsive and delivered the work quickly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2009 - 2012
Project summary: 

AgileEngine’s workforce supplemented the development staff and helped to create the UI for a financial technology product. They also worked on server-side projects using Struts, XML, and JavaScript.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Washington, DC Metro Area
Senior Manager, Financial Technology Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AgileEngine’s talent pool successfully helped fill staffing needs over the course of a few years. Their team impressed with their high level of talent, especially their developers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the senior manager of a product group at a financial technology firm. The product is a loan accounting and risk analytics cloud platform that targets commercial banks and their loan portfolios.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We needed help with staff augmentation and product development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They augmented our development staff and helped us build the UI on the product side. They also worked on some server-side projects using Struts, XML, and JavaScript.

What is the team composition?

I’ve seen three people, but there were more.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

I worked with Alex (Founder and CEO, AgileEngine) a few years ago in a satellite company. I suggested him to the co-founder of our company.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from 2009–2012.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

One of their developers was the best developer I’ve worked with. I was very impressed because was very smart. He started in the Ukraine office, and they brought him to the U.S. Alex is good in JavaScript, etc.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

We did the project management. They were very responsive and delivered the work quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s hard to grow a company to over 100 people. It’s impressive that they now have over 200 employees. Their overseas operations are advanced. The talent pool is pretty good and they have really good developers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Before they brought their people to the U.S., they delivered good work, but we needed people on site. Once they brought people on site, the problem was solved.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They have a good talent pool. As a client, do due diligence; don’t just settle for the people they offer but interview them.

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
    I’ve recommended them a couple of times.

Staff Augmentation & App Development for IoT and Software Dev Firm

“They make sure that results are delivered for clients.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine provides development resources for Android and iOS mobile application development, building a system for remote updates, as well as working on the backend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Texas
CEO, IoT & Software Dev Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps, while completed, are still awaiting widespread release. The team developed a high-quality backend that ensures the apps are stable and support third-party platforms. Their resources are always excellent, partaking in in-house meetings and even visiting in person.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We needed to quickly develop mobile apps for iOS and Android, along with an administrative dashboard that would allow us to control users and devices, as well as deploy firmware. We needed a good provider to augment our team and allow us to hit the ground running on all fronts.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One of the most complex things they helped us with was to develop a system for over-the-air updates to devices located all around the world. We're able to upload the firmware code on the backend and schedule when it will be deployed. The system has a lot of moving parts, so it required a collaboration between them and our engineers.

What is the team composition?

We’re working with three full-stack developers from their team. One of those focuses on the backend, the second one focuses on the mobile application, and the third one is a junior developer who does a bit of everything, primarily on the backend. All three developers are full-time and they operate as though they were members of our team.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

We found them after doing some online research. We were looking for a remote team that could augment our in-house team, specifically developers who would be easy to communicate with and who overlapped with our working hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in early 2017 and have an ongoing collaboration.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Like a number of crowdfunded products, ours has taken longer than expected to hit the market. Many of our metrics are still internal. They helped us achieve our set milestones for the integration and release of new features. We have stable iOS and Android apps, and we’ve integrated with a lot of third-party platforms while building a powerful backend.

Our success metrics revolved around getting the feature set developed and making sure that everything met the quality requirements. They delivered on all of these.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

Their developers participate in our daily standups and sprint planning along with everyone else in our company. They make sure that results are delivered to clients. They routinely check in with us, making sure that everything is going well.

We provide feedback on any opportunities for improvement, which they take to heart. They’re always seeking out ways to improve their processes, demonstrated through the great candidates they delivered. We recently flew in three of their members for a three-week period. We’re in a crucial period, so having them sit next to us is important.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve worked with remote teams in the past. AgileEngine stands out for the quality of their talent. They have a phenomenal process for ensuring they onboard the best of the best, which they succeed in doing.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any critical comments.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Communication is critical with any remote development team. As with in-house resources, engineers need to be presented the big-picture into which their work will fit. AgileEngine really wanted to be involved and understand that, so giving them this opportunity is something every client should do. They bring in talented, curious people who appreciate a higher level of engagement.

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

Core Product Development for Decision Agriculture Firm

"They are aware of our limitations and have built bridges to address them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AgileEngine lends development and QA support to a variety of complex projects. They initially assisted with an aggressive deadline, and currently, supply resources for multiple workflows. 

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jeff Phillips
Head of Quality Assurance, Farmers Edge
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since hiring AgileEngine, the company has seen significant improvements in velocity, sprint cadence, and ticket volume. The agency excels at identifying high-quality talent and scaling to meet increasingly complicated requirements. Their intuition and accessibility are consistently exceptional.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Farmers Edge is based out of Alberta, Canada. We cater to farmers, taking big data related to farms and putting it into a format that the grower can access and use to make decisions on crops, equipment, and insurance. I am the head of software quality assurance and project management for the company. I’m in charge of planning new features, implementing them, and making sure that they are QA tested and that they meet all our requirements.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AgileEngine?

We have needed a QA team for multiple simultaneous projects. One of our those was unique because it had an unrealistic time frame from the beginning. The partner we were working with asked for a three-month deadline for supplementing some of the services they offered in another format. It was a daunting task, but we agreed to it.

All our teams and efforts were put towards that project. It was a good opportunity for our own company since the potential partnership would give us to more potential business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AgileEngine has provided QA and development services. We reached out to them to quickly build a team of quality people. They needed to have enough experience with the software development lifecycle to anticipate our needs, despite not having traditional project components in place. We had bitten off a big chunk and agreed to deliver it in an unrealistic timeframe.

What is the team composition?

I’ve been in touch with a project manager from their side, who was responsible for the initial team setup. I tell them what I need, and they give us the resources we need to make it happen.

They found internal candidates after we outlined our QA and development needs. I interviewed each one and selected the candidates I thought would work best.

How did you come to work with AgileEngine?

We found them through word-of-mouth. Our head of backend development was aware of AgileEngine and had used them in the past. We had a kick-off meeting with Alex Kalinovsky [CEO and founder, AgileEngine], made an overview of our needs, and went from there.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with AgileEngine a year ago. We are currently reaching out to them in order to build a team for an upcoming project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Ticket following is the best metric we have. Using Jira, we have found that our velocity and sprint cadence have been higher and a bit more organized than normal. AgileEngine’s project manager has maintained that high volume and kept things under control. Some of the documentation she provided has been invaluable for our communication with upper management and the other development teams. The volume of tickets they’ve tested has definitely been above normal. Aside from that, we’ve appreciated their experience in working with other teams and integrating into the work environment.

How did AgileEngine perform from a project management standpoint?

Some of the tasks we gave them were challenging, but they’ve handled everything well. I opened the door to project management communication on both sides. We coordinated our efforts with the understanding that we’d have to play it by ear, for lack of a better expression.

We didn’t have fully fleshed-out documentation, design specifications, or product requirements. Sometimes we had a paragraph where there should have been 12 pages, so we’d have to work through that and build requirements as we went. Even on the QA side, we identified proper test requirements as we went. It was an extremely difficult challenge, but they did a good job.

We are running a Jira instance in the cloud. They were invited into that process for development and QA. The team helped identify and review the stories and move tickets through our workflows. We also depended heavily on Confluence for our communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Compared to the other third-parties that I’ve dealt with, AgileEngine’s quality of candidates has been high. If I ask them for a certain set of people, they intuitively understand what I’m looking for and actually find those qualities. Their level of experience on the project management side allows them to identify valuable skills in candidates.

AgileEngine is also flexible in terms of availability, especially when it comes to important releases. They’ve made their team available even late at night on their time zone.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The English level of certain candidates has been a challenge on the development side. There have also been a few gaps in sourcing developers, which have caused us to wait a month instead of two weeks for them to find a resource. I’ve been willing to wait if that means finding a quality person since low-quality developers can be an even bigger time sink.

I’ve been happy with them overall. They’ve been attentive when setting up meetings and ensuring that communication was completed within the proper timeframes. When there was frustration on AgileEngine’s end, we’ve tried to improve it.

We’re a growing company, having gone from 60 to 400 employees in the last year. This has caused a lot of process changes, but AgileEngine has adapted to us. They are aware of our limitations and have built bridges to address them.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Know what you’re asking for when you go to them, and be as clear as possible about the candidates’ qualifications.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re pricier than average.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer