What was the scope of their involvement?
I reached out to them and explained our problem, and they helped us create a web app using React and MongoDB, with a backend dashboard that allows us to pull analytics from the website. The design is completely theirs, and they provided 5–6 different templates to choose from. All we had to do was give them our image assets.
Additionally, they created a prototype of a native iOS app so that we could show it to our executives. While there are still some mixed signals regarding whether to create an app or not, we will definitely contact Half Tech for iOS and Android app development. At the moment, we chose to only have our web platform on React because we wanted to have the simplest version that we could still show internally.
What is the team composition?
I was primarily in touch with Abu (Co-Founder, Half Tech), who worked as the tech lead. Some of my software engineers were in touch with the ones on their side, but I didn’t communicate with them directly. All the high-level communication was between me and Abu.
How did you come to work with Half Tech?
I was against outsourcing work in any form, but a close referred Half Tech to me based on a previous experience, so I took a look. I’ve worked with outsourced companies before, and the biggest problem I’ve seen is communication.
Once I had an initial conversation with Half Tech, I witnessed amazing communication on their part, and they helped us smooth over some of the challenges I had in mind for the web app. Their prices were also amazing; had we done the same project here in Quebec, it would’ve cost us much more.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked with Half Tech from April to July 2018. The deliverables took three months to complete, and we had another three months after that of testing and sending requirements back and forth.
While they’ve delivered the MVP so that we can run our tests on, I’m still in touch with Abu once a month in case there are other things they can help us with. He suggested using a Mixpanel module to understand the website a bit better.