What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
Generally, I measure by the number of individual pieces of work such as user-facing features. I measure the volume week over week. We have an internal goal of how much broken up work we want to accomplish per week.
The qualitative aspects undergo automated testing so that the code that’s being contributed improves our overall test coverage as each piece of work is done.
The engineers suggest and implement elements that improve the overall stability of the project, reduce bugs, and reduce the ability to introduce bugs because there are more guardrails and control in the software that’s being built.
How did Cedarcode perform from a project management standpoint?
Their project management is exceptional. For our stories and the work the engineers are doing, we communicate through PivotalTracker. Their team is directly embedded with our team.
We communicate with the engineering team members through Slack. We use video chats for talking about any larger piece of work and also for our daily standup. We also have a monthly call. Some small things we figure out over email.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their maturity, their breadth of knowledge, and the seriousness with which they approach the project are impressive. There’s never a time they don’t show ownership.
Over time, the engineers have really integrated and gotten to know the product, which is important. I know a month ahead of time when they’re taking time off.
Are there any areas they could improve?
If I had to expand the team, it would be more difficult because they’re really serious and considerate about how they expand their team.
If I needed five more software engineers, they might not necessarily be able to provide that. They might not have five available because everybody is already working on a project. However, it’s not realistic for me right now or an area of improvement.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
They make it easy to start the partnership. They offered me a month-long trial. If you’re unhappy with the engineer’s work, you don’t pay for any of that month. My jaw dropped a little bit when they told me because that is so significantly different from what other companies offer.
I work with another much larger consulting firm and they only offer a week instead of a month. Cedarcode makes the onboarding process really easy. Look at their opensource contributions.
It’s not a huge amount but it’s impressive and important. It shows that the type of people they work with are good at what they do in terms of software engineering.