What was the scope of their involvement?
We started off providing them with what we needed and the deliverables. I already had my own story’s Pivotal Tracker. I asked Codesushi to join that kind of board and implement my story of the pitfalls, gaps, problems, and bugs there. They fixed those issues. Then we migrated onto another platform they use regularly called Breeze where they structured their own work using backlogs, to do lists, code review names, and quality assurance in regards to our end and their end. At the end, we pushed everything onto a Sandbox environment, and finally, to production.
My on-demand, one screen platform allows merchants to place delivery requests, which are transmitted to the drivers via our Android app. There were a lot of bugs on both ends of this spectrum. They debugged and stabilized the product, allowing me to get back to operating after stopping for at least two or three months.
Then they added new features that transformed our platform. When merchants place delivery requests one after the other, the order merchant feature smartly merges those orders based on proximity and sends one driver to complete those orders, providing that driver with an optimized route to fulfill those deliveries. At the other end of the equation, another feature tracks those orders by the end consumer. When the merchants claim the delivery request, the end consumer sees an SMS that opens up a web page, which allows the consumer to track the delivery much like FedEx and UPS.
What is the team dynamic?
We started off with one account manager and two dev guys, one frontend, one full stack, and one Android. Slowly we were able to stabilize our project and go back to our normal business. We grew to where we were then able to hire our own CTO who is now managing Codesushi and onboarding our own team. They allowed us to bridge a huge gap that would have otherwise handicapped our operations.
How did you come to work with Codesushi?
I had a job posting on angel.co and Codesushi responded. Finding a CTO takes more time than I could afford. I looked around, but the only one that showed me the support, feedback, and understanding of what I wanted was Codesushi. I met them and they told me what they could do. I was in need of a quick fix. I was able to sign a contract with them and hit the ground running. They were able to quickly help me and humble themselves to understand the concept quickly. I really liked that they grasped the concept quickly. They gave a lot of input and feedback about what I was doing and how I could do better.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in February 2017 and the work is ongoing.