What was the scope of their involvement?
We wanted help with how to find a team, how to transform our ideas into more legitimate technical specs, what we need to do, and what we need to think about when using offshore teams. Apart from that, we wanted to keep the costs down. We wanted a team that could work with us over time and not just for specific time period.
Our worry was to get a team that will do the product and then after that they would tell us they don’t have time to work with us anymore. It was very important that we had a team that could work with us long-term. Another requirement is that we could easily move it. If we decide to hire in-house tech staff, it would be easy to transfer everything and easy for an in-house developer to continue the development if we were to choose to go that route.
We got three suggestions for different teams from Chimplie. Two of the teams used Ruby on Rails and one was using PHP. We decided to go with the PHP team because it would be easier to find PHP developers if we did decide to hire someone in-house.
At first, we didn’t think we needed to build a big admin or ERP system, but then we realized that we should. So our specifications have adjusted quite a bit. We’ve gone over the estimates for the project for the MVP phase, but the amount of stuff that now is included in the MVP is way more as well.
What is the team dynamic?
We used two teams. We got help with all of the UX/UI and design from one team. They had one project manager and two designers. On the development team, there was one project manager, two frontend, two backend, and one QA.
How did you come to work with Chimplie?
We talked to a few intermediaries who worked with finding offshore teams, but they weren’t as involved as we needed them to be. It’s more like they could give us references to development teams abroad, but we needed more help. One of the people working on the project had a business acquaintance who was using Chimplie’s services. He recommended them to us. We had a meeting with Jaros [Founder, Chimplie], the CEO, and we really liked the way he wanted to work and the way they set up their services. We decided to go with them because they could help us with setting up everything and not merely finding a team.
How much have you invested with them?
We have spent about $120,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in November 2016. The MVP phase ended June 2017, but we continue to work with Chimplie.