What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They’ve helped me contain costs as we scaled the team and have definitely helped us increase our productivity as a department by providing supplemental contract resources. The quality and automation levels will increase over time as we have more QA. The team is adaptive and strives hard to meet the schedules as required.
How did First Line Software perform from a project management standpoint?
Overall, they’re excellent to work with and if I have a question or a point to discuss, I can reach out to them and they are thoughtful and collaborative. They’re highly available despite the time zone difference; our project manager has been happy to jump on a call if needed at 10 PM. On the account management and sales executive side, they’ve been top-notch and supportive. Early on, FirstLine met with our executive team in order to present company overview which made everyone comfortable with them coming in as a new partner (since nobody knew them but me!).
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their level of service, attention to detail, quality, and thoroughness are all impressive. FirstLine works to integrate and understand the whole product set so they can be a helpful part of our team, unlike other offshore companies that simply follow instructions on project tasks. They’re dedicated, want to do the right thing, and not afraid to ask questions.
Are there any areas they could improve?
The only drawback is their cost—as they’re not the cheapest but we also get what we pay for. They need to continue to maintain prices and models at a competitive level.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
Don’t be afraid to ask for their input. Many people think that everything needs to be spelled out up front when working with offshore companies, it’s great if you can do that all upfront. I’ve done it so many times that we have cookie cutter template processes, but for a new company starting with offshoring, it’s often because the current teams are resource-challenged and costs are tough. In that process, I would say don’t be afraid to work with FirstLine jointly to help get the right project teams, infrastructure, and process in place to manage. They’re not just an outsourcing company where the client hands over detailed specifications and they go away and build to spec; depending on your current team and resources they can also be a great supplementing resource partner to help validate whether you have the right offshoring plan in mind – appropriate staffing levels, skills, architecture, design or technology choices even.