What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
I’m not a technical person, so I can’t speak directly about the quality of their code. For us, the important part is that the products work, are scalable, and they don’t crash.
We’re upgrading the products all the time, and we haven’t had any issues adding features or improving them. We did run into issues with the Chrome browser changing some policies, but Flyaps researched the problem and fixed it on time. They’ve also provided accurate time estimates for the assignments we’ve done, and have notified me whenever they need to spend extra time on research and development.
How did Flyaps perform from a project management standpoint?
We use messengers for daily contact through which I send them my thoughts on things to improve. We usually schedule calls to go through all the ideas when I create a new assignment for them. They give me estimates for the tasks and I give them feedback once a task is done.
We usually use Google Sheets to track the assignments for the month instead of specific bug tracking systems. We aren’t developers, so we don’t need complicated things like Jira, which would likely make our lives a bit harder.
What did you find most impressive about them?
The biggest difference is that they really take care of my products and really try to understand them. They inquire about what’s going on with my user traction and also monitor our Google Analytics. They really care about the software they produce in terms of how it affects my business and act as our internal developers by striving to learn about the product.
I also really appreciated the ideas they suggested during our first meeting regarding what the product would be like in three or six months, and what we needed and didn’t need to do at that time. I can rely on Flyaps as a kind of external CTO, and I give them all the freedom to decide what to do on the technical side.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No. When I give them a new task, it feels like they really enjoy doing the work. I’ve worked with internal developers before, and Flyaps has been way more motivated than they were. They challenge themselves to complete the assignment even if they don’t exactly know how to do it, taking time to research things fully. They definitely care about the product from a technical perspective.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
First of all, clients should let them know what they want to build from a business perspective. If it’s not just a simple website and it involves working with tech stacks, data science, and natural language processing, then they need a partner for the research part.
I recommend going to Flyaps if the client is a business expert in their domain but isn’t sure if something is technically possible or if they want to bring their offline expertise to the online world. They’re definitely the right partner for that. We can brainstorm with them and determine how to make things possible in terms of software.