What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
I planned all the functions for my app four years ago. Since then, I'd wasted time and money convincing people to take my ideas seriously. When I started working with Goodman Lantern, I immediately began receiving better feedback from my network. Their refined methodology and professionalism lent legitimacy to my business. People don't question me anymore. Instead, they're interested in my app and inquire about my future plans.
The caliber of Goodman Lantern's deliverables impressed potential investors. In particular, the excellent presentations they compiled for venture capital meetings gave me caché with new contacts. They carefully prepared technical specifications that help me answer any question I might be asked. Every single person invited us back multiple times and indicated that my idea is promising. I haven't received funding yet because it's in too early of a stage.
A prior firm I worked with didn't estimate the scope accurately or finish on time, so they ran up the bill. Conversely, if Goodman Lantern doesn't so something 100 percent correctly the first time, they fix it within two weeks at no additional charge. As a small business, that's incredibly valuable. They’re doing their best work possible within my budget constraints. Whatever I need, they make sure to find the resources to deliver.
How did Goodman Lantern perform from a project management standpoint?
Regarding communication and collaboration, Goodman Lantern is the best firm I've worked with by far. Raj did an excellent job of translating my artistic concepts for the development team to code. As the liaison, he also explained the technical work to me. We mostly correspond through WhatsApp.
I don't believe in weekends or holidays. If a problem occurs late on a Saturday, I expect it to be solved that night. I accept that people don't agree with my worldview, but Goodman Lantern has been the most accommodating of my expectations. They're open to communicating outside of working hours. Even if they don't resolve a problem immediately over the weekend, they take notes and stay in touch.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Goodman Lantern has an unparalleled level of skill and talent, coupled with a keen understanding of implementation. It's very rare to find as talented of a team outside major technology companies. A unique combination of skills, they excel at both programming code and brainstorming ideas to make it look aesthetically pleasing. They brought my vision to life with robust technological deliverables.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
For any new partnership, a client should know exactly what end product they want before meeting with a team of programmers. Have a set list of goals you want to achieve by the end of the project. Self-advocate as much as possible while still taking their advice from a functional perspective.
Both Raj and Kiley are very kind and honest about how they do things. They'll be transparent and flexible with you. Other developers I’ve worked with would over promise and under deliver without explanation. If I request a feature that won't work, Goodman Lantern will tell me so and provide a sound rationale.