What was the scope of their involvement?
The app is on both iOS and Android. We mainly wanted a simple app since our target customers are truck drivers. However, its use can be extended to anyone in the transportation industry. Usually, these individuals are on the road for a very long time and don’t have the educational background to learn advanced software like QuickBooks. We wanted to eliminate all manual data entry, and Divami Design Labs helped us put together a simple frontend. From there, pretty much all activities can be launched from a mobile phone.
We came to Divami Design Labs with some basic code and wireframes with three buttons—upload, view process, and view reports. They created proper wireframes for the app and impressive graphics for those buttons as well as visually-appealing backgrounds while producing a nice flow between the home screen and each menu. They provided their technical expertise in terms of the layout, but also on things like prompts for next activities in order to create an easy and intuitive experience for the truck drivers using our app.
Once we passed the layout and design phase with Divami Design Labs, we moved onto the integration of our backend APIs and how the data is transferred from the server to the app. They were involved in all the necessary engineering discussions and implementations. Their team also helped with some of our automation to make sure that, despite different use cases and unanticipated user interaction, we’d be able to overcome some of the assumptions and find some of the failure points. They wrote automated testing scripts and did some research and development for us. As the product evolved, we were able to do more reliability and QA testing with Divami Design Labs.
What is the team composition?
I was in contact with around seven individuals. They had a programming manager assigned to our account, who made sure we were on schedule and that their engineers prioritized their development activities according to our requirements. This persisted for a period of seven months. We now have an engineer on retainer, who’s basically an extension of our team.
We don’t have a programming manager anymore and the developer reports directly to me. I set his priorities regarding the activities to work on, and he’s involved in our weekly scrum meetings and sprint reviews. He’s kind of like a contract employee.
How did you come to work with Divami Design Labs?
My CTO had heard good things about their company, so we gave them a test program to work on and the relationship evolved from there.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Divami Design Labs in July 2018, and it’s an ongoing partnership.