Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
We initially employed Kamino to create an Android app to match our iOS app. We gave them a deadline for that, which they hit to the date. They’re probably the only company I've ever worked with that has done that. We were impressed with the speed of their development and the quality of what they produce. For instance, when Kamino produces a release for us, there are usually very few bugs in it. Their internal project management and QA is strong. The Android app has 4.5 stars and all positive feedback, and it’s had about 90,000 downloads, and that number continues to grow.
How did Kamino perform from a project management standpoint?
The team Kamino gave us ranged in size from two to four people. They’ve also provided project management and QA on their side, which has been very good. We have weekly stand-up meetings with them, so I know exactly what they’re doing, and I'm in constant contact with their developers. They’re communicative and professional, and they’re good English speakers as well, which is helpful for us. We use JIRA as our internal project management tool, which they joined us on and used as well. We also had contracts in place for the beginning of the relationship and the piece of work they delivered for us initially, and then we have an agreed budget and deadlines on the ongoing work.
What did you find most impressive about Kamino?
Honestly, we’ve been most impressed by Kamino’s project management and the quality of their QA. Of all the suppliers we work with, and we do work with a few, the quality that we get out of Kamino is the highest. There are fewer bugs in what they produce than what we see with our other suppliers, and they’re always on target with their deadlines.
Are there any areas Kamino could improve?
The only thing I'd say they’re a little bit weak on is their UI [user interface] and design. That’s the only fault we can ever find with their work. They’re not perfectionists regarding the way things look. I’d say they have strong backend developers, but their UI developers may not be as strong. That’s the only thing we ever find wrong with their work.