What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We’ve done a few test cases and shown some prototypes to schools in the United Arab Emirates. The initial feedback has been good. We’re incorporating some of the design feedback into the prototype.
How did Endive Software perform from a project management standpoint?
I’m happy with the project management. There are some quick and slow phases in every project. No project is perfect, but Endive’s development team communicates well during those lapses in order to bring the project back on track. I’m very happy with what they’re doing so far.
The best thing about them is their flexible approach to client requirements. Agile methodology doesn’t lend itself well to working with a third-party vendor in a different geographical location. Endive’s flexibility in terms of understanding the requirements and incorporating changes as part of the project are both really good.
They use an in-house project management tool. We have weekly scrum meetings and also use direct calls and emails.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They offer an end-to-end solution that takes a project from design, to system architecture, to development, and then final QA. Very few people offer the design capabilities that they bring on board. They have an in-house, fully-onboarded design team that’s part of the project.
I like their flexibility. We didn’t spend a lot of time writing expensive documentations on how the system specifications should look. We created high-level diagrams as the starting point for the project. They’ve incorporated internal or external market changes without really altering the project’s scope.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They’re very mature as an organization. The designers need to alter their processes in order for them to be able to take on bigger projects. Although they have a dedicated team and a fully-functional setup, the design output isn’t really what I was looking for.
We spent two months closing out on the design, whether it was for wireframes, frontend designs, or app designs. They need to gear up on their design team and create more examples to show to clients. The simple and clear design really took a lot of time to appear. Ultimately, we found what we were looking for. Everything else is perfect.