Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
We heard positive stuff from users. The product worked as well as it was able to. Alexey’s [Alexey Semeney, CEO] company took over the project very quickly. We managed to successfully migrate the project and leverage their team. They did everything that they were supposed to do. Developers like to develop stuff from scratch. For a developer to pick up a legacy system code, understand it, and run with it that quickly was pretty impressive. It says something about the way that we developed it and about their capabilities.
How did DevTeam.Space perform from a project management standpoint?
I really liked their system. We got an update every day from the developers about what they worked on. They are honest and truthful about their capabilities. Alexey has a really great vision for his web-based platform, DevTeam.Space. He introduced me to Trello, which I’ve never used before. I really thought it was a great tool. We were using Slack, Trello, and their DevTeam platform. It was great and very transparent.
The other thing that’s great is that Alexey is in the US. I remember we had an issue where something happened on a Friday afternoon. He’s got a great network of teams over there. He had to pull in someone else from another team. He really cared about the project and wanted to do a great job.
What did you find most impressive about DevTeam.Space?
One of the things that really surprised me is that we used an unusual framework called Cordova. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when developing a mobile app. You could develop a mobile app, and Cordova allows you to run it on Android or iPhone. It’s a weird system. We were surprised when they said, “Our team has used that before.” Sure enough, they actually did use it before, and the development was pretty straightforward.
Are there any areas DevTeam.Space could improve?
Any new company has challenges. The only issue we had with them was their system for tracking billing. We thought we had closed out a portion of the project, and he sent an invoice for a small amount of money. It turned out that we had paid for it already. It was a little bit off, and I mentioned to Alexey that it needed to be fixed. I recommended that they add an hour tracker on his platform so that developers could hit start or stop, or they could use a logging system. It was an error on their part for tracking the billing, but that was the only issue. It was minor, and he corrected it.
What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with DevTeam.Space?
Keep doing what they’re doing. They have a good natural approach to getting people on board. They’re not very pushy with needing money up front before starting to dig in. They’re pretty generous with their time when building the relationship and gaining the trust of their clients. They’re moving in the right direction.