What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
The shining star of their organization is their tester. He actually uncovered a great number of bugs that even we had not found out about as of yet. The vast majority of these bugs were preexisting in the system that we asked them to build on top of. He was able to help us work through a lot of the inefficiencies of the system and make some great recommendations that Bananacode built on top of.
How did Bananacode perform from a project management standpoint?
We did not exceed the budget by any significant amount, nor did we go over on schedule, so both of those were very well-contained. In the course of doing what they had to do, they discovered inefficiencies in the preexisting system, so any missed deadlines were justified. Communication was good and on par with what I would expect.
From a project management standpoint, I thought Pedro (CEO & Co-Founder) did a great job of assembling the right sized team for the project and setting up the proper communication channels. We used Discord, and that worked well. They were all very attentive and responded in what I consider to be a very adequate amount of time. They answered all of our questions.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I was most impressed with their testing abilities. They have a top-notch tester, and I’d absolutely use them again just to have access to him.
Are there any areas they could improve?
Toward the end of the project, they had the same issue that almost every engineer I’ve ever worked with has had: they wanted to try and solve the problem themselves. From a project management standpoint, I’ve always appreciated when my engineers work on an issue or a roadblock for a day or so, and if they can’t get it, they send it to me and let me deal with it. It would’ve been better for them to come to me as quickly as possible when they had an issue as opposed to trying to bulldoze through it themselves.