What was the scope of their involvement?
I created a voiceover of a PowerPoint with about 10–12 hand-drawn sketches of screens, including our initial visions and showing what we’d like things to look like, and so forth. They took that and absolutely knocked it out of the park.
The design manager and software engineer really dug into each item on the initial sketches and made outstanding and really detailed questions that helped open Robin’s mind in terms of what he experienced on a daily basis with his construction company.
Our biggest goal with OneTouch is to drive down to the simplicity of a single touch. Robin’s whole philosophy is “touch it once”, which is why his construction company has done so well. We had approximately four weeks of daily meetings, and I was blown away by their level of care in terms of making sure that every topic was covered.
Over the last few months, we’ve defined the database structures, the instant chat functionality, push notifications, and whether it should be an app or web-based solution. Now, we're into the stage where we can add companies and we can interact with the software.
I've dealt with a lot of web-based software and this is an instantaneous experience—it's really a pleasure. Even Robin's 11-year-old son has said that it's easy to understand. We've also had other people look at it and test the login process, the setup of companies, and the whole admin flow. Now, we're headed into the really fast-paced stuff in terms of new page designs, new client interactions, quoting, estimates, and more. We’re currently on a staging server, so there is no public-facing element yet.
What is the team dynamic?
They have a software engineer that handles all the ongoing communications with us, deep diving into each of the functionalities and explaining what the company is doing in each layer of the implementation and design. They also have a UI [user interface] designer, a quality assurance manager, and then four to five various experts that handle various levels of coding and database setup.
Overall, we have eight people working concurrently on the project. Their level of integrity in managing their hours is astounding. If they don't need someone for a whole hour, they'll just re-appropriate their time into other tasks.
This is not a multi-million dollar project, but it could turn into that, so it's good to know that we're with a company that has a rock-solid management style and integrity in the way that they manage things.
How did you come to work with Binariks?
We did some research and when we found Binariks, I was very impressed with the projects that they had done. We were looking for someone who had already managed multiple teams and that could understand the depth of managing all the different layers, technologies, communication channels, etc.
Technology changes so fast, so we wanted a company that could really deliver software. The other companies we interviewed were too eager to just get started with design and coding. However, when I talked to Oleh [Founder, Binariks], not only did he have experience in managing teams in different countries, but he also tempered our excitement and was very thorough, which I really appreciated.
Their maturity in project management and extensive experience made us feel very good about getting started.
How much have you invested with them?
Phase one is going to be around $100,000–$200,000 and we're about halfway through.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in May 2017 and the collaboration is ongoing.