What was the scope of their involvement?
Ivision.pl built a boutique platform for bridal retailers to showcase their dresses.
For the first three months, we worked together on wireframing the site. We talked Ivision.pl through what we wanted it to look like and do. We showed them a similar site that had a similar format and basis. The site allowed users to place orders and have them delivered from warehouses to physical stores to be picked up. Similarly, we wanted to build a site that allows clients to order a dress from the designer’s warehouse. The bride could then go to a shop to try the dress and hopefully buy it.
We looked through the wireframes of the previous site we’d worked on and talked about what we wanted to remove and what we wanted to improve systematically. Ivision.pl worked on it for three months and then came back to us with an overview of what they were going to build, why they needed to build it, and how the site would differ from the one we gave as an example. I reviewed their work with my team and determined what we liked and didn’t like.
We provided Ivision.pl with the details of a third-party software solution that we wanted to involve called BridalLive. They consulted with BridalLive on how that software would fit into the website they were building. It enabled us to show hundreds of thousands of dresses and connect them to a boutique.
This was followed by 6–7 months of sprints to build the site. Ivision.pl excelled in that period. We changed some of the plans after we received bad feedback on them. Ivision.pl continually changed their work approach and end goals to meet our needs.
We had another four sprints of work after going live to maintain and improve the site’s UI/UX and compatibility. We’re using Magento, which has some messy pieces, but Ivision.pl has fixed those for us.
What is the team composition?
I work with one project manager on their side who heads a team of 4–5 people. He doesn’t have a set team of 3–4 people working on it continually. They’ve sometimes sent us ideas that we didn’t like, so he’s brought in different people. If we needed a fresh idea, it came from someone completely fresh, as opposed to someone who’s already tried and shown us their best effort.
We had two initial three-month periods where we briefed them at the onset, and they developed it. Out contact during that time was once or twice per week. Once they developed it, they needed to show me how it worked, and we had contact every day.
How did you come to work with Ivision.pl.pl?
Our digital strategy director had worked with them before, and he recommended Ivision.pl as a team that was easy to work with and accommodating. They’d done a good job for him previously, and he knew their project manager. He felt it was a safe bet to work with someone that had delivered well in the past.
How much have you invested with them?
We’re close to £80,000 (approximately $100,000 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Ivision.pl in June or July 2018. We spent a total of nine months, continually going back and forth and improving the site. Although we’re close to completion, we still rely on them for week-by-week help and administration.