What was the scope of their involvement?
They helped us with the architecture and design and facilitated our decision of which technologies to use to implement the features we wanted. They did all the development on our proof of concept. They had to be skilled in Azure, SQL Server, C#, MVC, Entity Framework, and ReactJS.
We did the initial proof of concept and used it to get customers. We rapidly developed the initial proof of concept and then tapered off development for a few months while we showcased that. We ramped up again once we started signing customers because we needed to implement new functions and features. We had an initial set of developers, but we paused a bit. They’d put our developers on other projects, so when we ramped up again, we got a different set of developers.
Since December of 2016, we’ve had 2 Honeycomb developers, but we’ve recently scaled down to 1 resource and started to build out our own team locally. We like having the overseas developer to augment our local team because it gives us almost 24-hour development. We can hand tasks to the Honeycomb developer, and she can work on them overnight while we’re sleeping, come back in the morning, and keep going.
The team they provided included a project manager and a senior developer who oversaw a more junior developer. We got junior developer rates with the oversight of a senior developer to make sure the junior developer was on track. We did the QA ourselves.
How did you come to work with Honeycomb Software?
I found them on Upwork. Our project listing was bombarded with developers that want to work with us. I really liked Alex, who’s a principal at Honeycomb. He was tenacious. They were starting their company at the same time we were, and they seemed eager to get our business. After a few conversations with them, their technical prowess over the other candidates became apparent.
How much have you invested with Honeycomb Software?
We have spent between $200,000 and $1M on the entire project.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in October 2015, and the relationship is ongoing.