Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
It was important that Consultica's team produce results on a weekly basis, in an Agile way. Our company was building an innovative solution which wasn't fully fleshed-out. We needed to work incrementally, and spend additional time thinking about the design, when necessary. Working through weekly sprints was one of the key things that Consultica facilitated for us. We had weekly demos, and Consultica did an excellent job of being agile and providing good quality.
How did Consultica perform from a project management standpoint?
We used Jira for articulating the stories of what we expected our users to experience, as well as allowing Consultica's team to respond to our requirements with actual engineering designs and proposals. They articulated subtasks of the stories in Jira, and we were able to come to understandings of what would be accomplished in the following weeks. We established a development philosophy, staffed the team accordingly, and had clear forecasts of how much could be done both in a single sprint and over the course of several months.
What did you find most impressive about Consultica?
Consultica has a long-standing involvement in mobile development. Their team has a good understanding of the software stack, from top to bottom. Consultica is not a traditional outsourcing shop, but is able to take on use cases and consider elements like competition, monetization, and a minimally viable way of entering the market, and so on. As we built the solution, Consultica worked at the same level as me, or another product owner, providing great suggestions for what we should build, not just how and when.
Are there any areas Consultica could improve?
Consultica did a good job in terms of relationship management, consulting us on scheduling needs and how many people we'd need over time. They could go even deeper into that, establishing a stronger connection to the customer.
Their work is done overseas, and I've managed teams from all over the world, including India, Latin America, the UK, and so on. I have a strong preference for Eastern Europe because providers there have good communication and aren't shy about what they need to say. However, there is still a language barrier that can be improved on by Consultica.