What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
In two months, I’ll have an app on the app store. Iryna has been very good at the entire product process, and I’ve been very happy. This is the first time over the last three years where we’re going to push past an MVP.
Iryna has a team of designers that can translate my thoughts, dreams, and aspirations into Photoshop files that my engineers can use. People have complimented their designs based on their aesthetic appeal and how easy they are to understand.
Also, they provide great value for what they charge. She is capable of producing a “San Francisco” quality of work at about 20% of the rate.
How did Cieden perform from a project management standpoint?
We use Skype most of the time, and we also use InVision (it allows us to click through app screens using a phone). We also use Miro board, which is effectively a big board of post-it notes that holds all of our documents.
Iryna is incredibly responsive and hardworking. There are times when I’ve been talking to her, an hour passes, and it’s around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. her time.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Since I chose the team based on a recommendation from my business partner, I can’t tell you how they stack up to other people.
From what I’ve seen, they are extremely hardworking, and they’re good at changing things around. They’ve never gotten upset when I’ve changed the requirements of their work. They are very easy to work with. Also, Iryna speaks English extremely well, and that removes a lot of overhead.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They’ve been pretty perfect for what I need. The only thing is, they’re always trying to cross-sell their services. So, I’ve had to push that back a few times and say, “I’m just interested in this.” They offer quite a bit of services, so they’ve tried to position a few different things to sell.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Potential customers should work with Iryna. She’s the founder of the firm, and they have a good amount of people working there, but I’ve never been pushed to a junior employee.