This review was updated on September 3rd, 2019, by the client. New content is below.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
We previously submitted a review of Jelvix based on our work with them on a specific project. Since that time, we have been working with them on another project and this review reflects that experience. Jelvix is really great to work with, and it’s easy to give them a terrific review!
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address with Jelvix?
We were asked by a client to develop a proprietary social network that included features and functionality not found in any commercial product. Our budget was 1.2 million dollars and we were required to hit periodic benchmarks. We had about 18 months to develop, test, refine, and go live with the product.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We were already working with Jelvix on another project, so partnering with them on this engagement was the obvious choice. Having already established a productive working relationship with Jelvix, we could engage immediately with the project team that they assembled for us. As with our other project, Jelvix was deeply engaged in the entire life-cycle of development, from analysis to UI/UX design, from concept to coding.
What is the team composition?
As before, we had a dedicated project manager who was experienced in app- and web-based development work. Following the model we had established with our other project, we assembled a Ukraine-based team of frontend (iOS and Android) developers, a backend and database developer, a full-time QA tester, and graphic designers as required. We also had input and assistance from Jelvix’s chief architect, chief designer, as well as input from periodic focus groups.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We are planning to go live with this product in November. Fairly late in the game our client made changes to the product requirements, which they expected would set the development back by 6–9 months.
However, because of the modular nature of the product’s architecture, the effective use of agile Scrum methodology, and the high degree of motivation on the part of our development team, we were able to digest these changes and only add two months to the schedule.
How did Jelvix perform from a project management standpoint?
We have a dedicated Jelvix project manager, who deals directly with a dedicated US-based project manager. They communicate daily in English via email, Skype, and Trello.
To be clear, in the US we have executive oversight of the project, as well as a dedicated project manager. All other personnel are provided by Jelvix in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Whenever we needed some specialized expertise, for example in the area of data security, Jelvix was able to find an in-house or external expert who could provide the knowledge and direction that we required.
What did you find most impressive about them?
What most impressed us was the project ownership that Jelvix displays. Our developers are constantly giving us ideas and coming up with suggestions to improve the product. They are very highly motivated and excited to work on this project. Periodically, Jelvix assembles in-house and external focus groups to provide feedback on the design and functionality.