What was the scope of their involvement?
I’ll talk about the instrument app because that one’s a little more in-depth. The basic premise is that we are making an iOS app written in Swift for kids between the ages of 8–15. I have a project manager, a designer, and then myself as a coder. We initially started doing mini sprints, trying to conceptualize an idea which eventually evolved into wireframes, and finally into an actual design composition. At that point, I reached out to IDAP Group telling them about our brand-new idea: a youthful instrument app. We are building as we go since it’s completely from scratch. We needed them to help us take our prototype and flesh it out into a full-blown application.
The key thing about IDAP that I love is that they have a very clear understanding of development and project management. When I hired them for this recent app, they found a Swift developer who I didn’t have to train. It wasn’t like I was getting a junior developer. The second thing was that I was assigned a project manager who kept the communication and dialogue open and was always on top of things, which is really what I needed. I am capable of diving deep into the code, but I’m not always going to be capable of looking at every nuance they have. More importantly, the benefit of having a project manager or a technical lead on their end is that they can be really clear on the status of the project, features, and bugs, and keep me constantly aware of the progress.
How did you come to work with IDAP Group?
I was looking at other companies before IDAP Group, but they came as a recommendation to me in 2011 by another non-profit that I personally know. I was looking for somebody who had experience in iOS development, specifically Objective-C. Generally, I’ve struggled with a lot of other independent teams. I’ve hired a rogue developer before where I am suddenly trying to get them to become a project manager, and they end up not doing so well. I’ve also experienced an agency-type model where they’ve got one project manager who’s great, but their developers are working on ten other projects. When it comes to me asking nuanced questions, the project manager can’t answer them, or they’re not able to have the time to get the developer to answer them. IDAP’s been pretty good at solving those two problems.
How much have you invested with IDAP Group?
I’m just going to use a startup range. If you’re building a prototype, they can work between $10,000 and $20,000. If you’re trying to do something bigger than that, then it’s like $50,000–$100,000, which they can do as well. I’m sure they can even go bigger than that, but this project, in particular, was in a prototype/startup range.
What is the status of this engagement?
I started working with them in late September 2016. The work is ongoing.