What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
I would say that in some ways, bringing them on board was an upgrade of our development culture which I wasn’t necessarily expecting. We have a number of smart developers in the space. I was expecting to augment our capacity, but I wasn’t expecting that it would actually improve our standards. I was surprised that they improved our development culture as well as our technical excellence. I think that says a lot about the quality of the developers that they brought.
They were familiar with all the relevant technologies, and in fact, have been able to show us things and nuances in the same tech that we’ve been using for years. They have that level of knowledge.
How did datarockets perform from a project management standpoint?
They have been very consistent and have delivered reliable and predictable results. They help support a pipeline that we can rely on. We have maintained a pretty consistent feature velocity. We track things in Pivotal Tracker and at this point, more of our story feature points are done by the datarockets team than our internal developers. We also use Slack and have daily stand-ups on Zoom. We are a remote company and Slack is the company communication hub.
They really feel like equal partners in the development to our internal folks. They have a really solid overall agile development skillset. They came in and plugged into our process pretty easily. Even while managing several priorities, they are able to make good judgment calls themselves.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their commitment to technical excellence is impressive. They have high standards for the quality of code.
Are there any areas they could improve?
There is a range in the skill level or experience level of the developers in our team. It is almost like there is almost a senior developer level, and then junior developers. It is a mix and it is a blanket price per hour for a developer. That is totally fine because on average it is an amazing deal and I wouldn’t expect to be able to get all senior people at that price point, but it is nice to have at least some more senior people. I don’t know if that is an area of improvement, but more sort of a reality.