What was the scope of their involvement?
I was focused on working with Intellica to build out the platform that we were using. The main focus was really on the website, but we were also developing the mobile side near the end.
Their team took the project from conception through to deployment. My initial engagement with Alex (Managing Partner, Intellica) was a general run-through of the product. Then we went through the user requirements and then built out the platform. They did sprints every couple of weeks to effectively check where we were. That gave us an opportunity to test the platform, both from a functionality standpoint and from a product perspective. They also ironed out any issues in terms of bugs and functionalities that we found along the way. It was an effective process that we used to take through to the final iteration.
They were the first team to help us work on the website. They performed back- and frontend development. They were always conscious of the fact that we had a budget and we were able to get things in according to budget and they were accommodating. They probably let us put in a little bit more than we potentially budgeted for.
The requirements were relatively vague, but they were happy to work closely with that whereas other organizations would have wanted a full requirements list. From Intellica’s point of view, they were more pragmatic and able to go through some iterations to effectively come up with what we needed, which we appreciated. It was a brand-new concept and wasn’t something we could just fully document upfront.
What is the team composition?
I worked with about four or five people, but there were more developers behind the scenes that were coding as well. We had a project manager who was our main point of contact. We also had one of their heads of development as well who would also jump on a call when we had specific questions that needed answering. Vlad (Managing Partner, Intellica) and Alex predominantly were on the phone as well which was very useful. Because Alex was on the phone as well, we could make decisions very quickly, whereas if we just had pure tech people on the call, it could be very siloed.
How did you come to work with Intellica?
I went and spoke to a number of different organizations. Alex had contacted me via LinkedIn. We spoke on the phone and I met them in-person when they came to London. It sounded like they were pragmatic which was a key thing for us. I liked them, and I liked how things were being run. Ultimately, they were able to do what we were trying to do, which was key. Because they had a full staff of around 50 developers, we knew that they had the capacity to build the platform that we needed.
What is the status of this engagement?
I worked with them from 2018–Sept 2018. The platform is now in an operational phase.