This review was updated on October 9th, 2019, by the client. New content for a second project is below.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
Fishermen Labs is a mobile, web, AR, and VR development agency in Los Angeles. I’m Lance Capel, one of the project managers and the director partnerships here. I help bring in some of our deals and work on our projects.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address with DevCrew I/O?
We were converting an entire educational website to html5 to be compatible with newer systems.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We were working with an educational company with hundreds of online lessons and quizzes that needed to be converted to HTML5. DevCrew I/O updated the various content, uploaded new video, and ensured the audio functioned correctly. They QA tested everything to make sure it was ready for our client. Their team really managed that entire cycle, tackling both the front- and backend development.
They replicated the previous experience, making sure the copy looked nice by changing the type font. The team also ensured that a user couldn’t skip lessons or advance on the platform before passing certain quizzes. They were responsible for the dev end of the project.
What is the team composition?
At any given time, we had up to six of their developers on the project.
How did you come to work with DevCrew I/O?
We initially found them on UpWork. After speaking with Hassan (Founding Partner & Chief Software Consultant, DevCrew I/O), we found that he was willing to work with us and our budget. Their portfolio looked good, and the team performed well on a few test projects we asked them to complete. That made us feel confident in hiring them.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent about $450,000 on our side of the project.
What is the status of this engagement?
The project lasted from January 2018–August 2019.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
While I don’t have any hard metrics from our client yet, DevCrew I/O made our collaboration easy and convenient. The site is functional and reliable, without any major bugs because the team took the time to review everything. The client has approved and implemented all their work as a result. The updated website stands to save the client money in the future.
How did DevCrew I/O perform from a project management standpoint?
We didn’t experience any obstacles at all. Hassan actively communicated with us, so there was never a misunderstanding. We used Zoom for video conferences, hosting a call once every week. We also used Slack and email, which allowed us to communicate directly with the client.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They were always willing to put in extra work, staying up later to accommodate our time zone difference. It was really nice that they accommodate our schedule. The team contributed valuable, creative ideas to the project, but also took our orders when needed.
Are there any areas they could improve?
I have no complaints about them.