An app agency offering mobile and web apps

We are an app and web development agency based in Berlin, Pune and Noida focussed on creating an exceptional user experience (DESIGN FIRST). We have designed, developed and delivered 100+ apps for startups and enterprise. We have found the hack to deliver digital products at 5X speed using

DESIGN SPRINTS
AGILE
OUR REUSABLE FRONT-END AND BACK-END COMPONENTS (LEGO)

All this has been achieved in the last 2 years with a team size of 40+ great minds working together in collaboration towards a common goal. Our core expertise is in the following domains:

Retail and E-Commerce
F&B, Hospitality
Music Publishing
Corporate Innovation

At Lean Apps, we propose the technology stack for the solution based on the problem we are trying to solve. We work on the fixed stack to deliver at a lightning speed:

Front End Web: React JS and Angular JS
Front End Mobile: React Native
Back End: Java, Node JS
Analytics: ELK, Splunk

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2014
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Berlin, Germany
headquarters
  • C/O Table of Vision, Brunnenstr. 181
    Berlin 10119
    Germany
other locations

Focus

Service lines
  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Development
  • UX/UI Design
Client focus
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
Industry focus
  • Arts, entertainment & music
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Retail
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Application platform
BI & big data solutions
Managed services
User Experience

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Enterprise

  1. Top companies in Music, Retail, Pharma and Automotive in Germany

Startups

  1. Companies disrupting Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare and Fashion

https://theleanapps.com/case-studies

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Loyalty Program

Loyalty app allows customers to scan QR codes in-store and get on-the-spot discounts. It is a great way for retailers to capture customer data and understand what they are interested in. The data can be used to created personalised offers.

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Customer App

We created a mobile commerce app which can be reused to create a white label app of your brand. Customer could discover new products, chat with sales associates, buy a product, reserve it in-store and also do a self-checkout directly on their phones.

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Sales App

Mobile App for retailers that help them deliver an exceptional in-store experience and increase revenue.
No queues cash counter

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Dress and Friend

The Fashion Network! A virtual closet allows you to organize and share outfits and clothes among your friends.

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Analytics

Data Analytics in retail is very important to make right decision. We give a 360 degree view of traffic for both online shop and stores, sales on each channel, best selling items, best selling sales people, which channel sells more at what time of the day etc. All this in one place.

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FlixPOS

FlixPOS is a Web-based POS system developed for one of the leading brands in intercity bus services, FLIXBUS. It is being used to facilitate the sale of tickets at the Flixbus ticket window shops. It offers the sale of bus services along with POS management.

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Pointics

During rush hours or festive seasons, customers have to queue up for check-out at Retail stores. Sometimes this wait is more than 30-40 minutes, and customers decide not to buy the product and eventually leave the store. This is a lost sales for a Retailer. Both applications by Pointics are meant to increase the sales for the retailer and the main intent of this website is to showcase the features of this application and get

leads through this for Pointics.
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Onsuma

Onsuma came up with the requirement of revamping their website to give user feel of current e-comm websites.

This is a style guide for LeanApps Website with a predefined visual design language so as to make the life of designers and developers. It sets up general design principles that dictate the direction of this website. This contains assets which are approved by website design language. Consistent use of these assets helps people easily recognize references to LeanApps and protect our company trademarks.

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DeLaRue

To develop an app for the Govt of U.K to Record and securely manage the vital event registration needs via notification, recording registration, and reporting of citizen identity data. The existing app had issues with Data entry.

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Offermill

To build an iOS-based coupon app where Retailers or Restaurant could create new Events, Offers, Discounts, and customers can redeem these Offers. App also integrates with iBeacons to recognize the customer in the store and push local store offers.

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INFINIA Instant Checkout

To build an iOS and Android app to incentivize loyal customers with an instant checkout app as part of the brand app. Further, customers will also be able to access store after they are closed. In essence, all stores can potentially be 24 hours open without any sales staff.

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Procter & Gamble

The consumer goods company has their own e-commerce site but they also sell through various other retailers and marketplaces. The product information and related data such as product safety information, marketing content, and images are ingested from various sources.

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Allianz - Pet Tracker

To build an iOS app that can get the location of a GPS collar and pin point the location of the pet and path it took to reach there. It calculates how healthy the dog is based on its movement and informs the owner if it leaves the safe zone.

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KRA-MIS

For a lot of organizations, their employee-related decisions are driven by their gut instincts, not by data. The main requirement of this project was collecting the data for all the employees depending on the four key performance indicators which are Quality, Quantity, Time and Cost.

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Netgem & Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is launching their IPTV platform. For that, they chose Netgem (from France) as their Set Top Box (STB) vendor. SLT wanted to build some custom apps on Netgem STB to increase their revenue and decrease their operational costs.

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Evivecare

An android tablet app for patients which will allow them to do different speaking exercises. This app will use Google text to speech and also Speech Recognition to understand what the patient is saying and how well the patient is pronouncing.

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Mobile App Dev for Chronically Ill Patient Care Tool

"Lean Apps produced code and documentation that met our internal coding standards without being prompted."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - July 2018
Project summary: 

Lean Apps built a training function as an MVP for a software platform. Using user stories and acceptance criteria, they polished the UI and functionality plan before developing the feature.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Germany
Güven Karakuzu
CEO, IT-Labs GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution arrived on time and met all requirements without sacrificing quality. Lean Apps overall produced top-notch code using scrum methodology. Despite some miscommunication at times, the team led a smooth workflow thanks to their constant communication and detailed approach.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of IT-Labs GmbH. We’re developing a software platform to help manage patients with chronic illnesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Apps?

We were developing an additional training function. Our customers wanted to train their employees and oversee their progress using our software. We did not have not enough developers to make it happen, so we brought in Lean Apps.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first defined an MVP. We wrote user stories and acceptance criteria before having a call with Lean Apps to describe our requirements and tech stack. After the briefing, Lean Apps provided us with developers and a project manager. They then started developing our solution.

We didn’t much time to define all the criteria, functionalities, and UI descriptions we wanted in advance. As a result, Lean Apps had to sort many features and design details out themselves lacking the full context. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with two developers and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Lean Apps?

I asked within my network, and someone recommended me Lean Apps. In our briefing, Lean Apps invited the senior developer and a junior developer to join. While we told them our requirements, we checked their background to make sure their skills met our needs. We also looked into their communication skills to ensure that they can clearly describe any problems they have and deliver what they promised. The team met our standards, so we brought them on for this project. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between €30,000–€35,000 (approximately $33,000—$39,000 USD). 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from March–July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Lean Apps delivered an excellent product and came up with top-notch solutions to fill in for our more generalized requirements. We’re happy with their work.

How did Lean Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

Lean Apps used two-week scrums to complete work. We started each sprint by defining a plan and ended with reviewing their work. In between, we communicated with the developers daily via Slack. The team responded within minutes to any message of ours. They adapted quickly when we changed priorities and requested skills outside the initial scope. We appreciated their flexibility and understanding.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Lean Apps produced code and documentation that met our internal coding standards without being prompted. We didn’t provide our guidelines, but their team’s work achieved the level of detail and smoothness we expect of our own developers. The senior developer especially showed high-level technical skills. That differentiated Lean Apps from past developers we’ve worked with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The junior developer occasionally got lost and produced work of lower quality than the senior developer. We expected the senior to check over the junior’s code from time to time to adjust for that quality difference.

Any advice for potential customers?

Have clear deadlines if you need work by a specific date. We sometimes had expectations for timelines that we failed to communicate with Lean Apps, resulting in problems.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Prototype for Warehouse App

"The team was very effective in understanding the end goal of the app and customer pain points."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Apps created the MVP version of a mobile solution. The prototype's functionalities included inventory management and automation. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Noida, India
Samita Dhiman
Head of Delivery and Product Management, Infinia Retail
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP launch was timely and received meaningful user feedback. Lean Apps adhered to the specifications. The team made a proactive attempt to improve communication and quality with each sprint.  

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the head of delivery and product management at Infinia Retail, a SAAS company for B2B retail and food and beverage business. Our aim is to enhance customer shopping and buying experience in store and online.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

Our team was looking to build a warehouse app for retailers to speed up product delivery from the warehouse to customer locations.

What were your goals for this project?

Our main goal was to build an MVP quickly to test and validate the problem we were trying to solve.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

After evaluating other vendors, Lean Apps understood our problem the best and proposed a one-week design sprint to test and validate the idea before building our actual app.

Describe the project in detail.

Lean Apps team developed and launched the MVP in a three-month timeframe. The solution managed deliveries from the warehouse and automated the “Goods in, Goods out” process.

What was the team composition?

The team comprised a UX designer, one frontend developer, one backend developer, one DevOps manager, and one scrum master.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We successfully gathered early feedback from the users and iterated the app based on those comments.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Although we had issues at the start of the project, the overall communication improved after two sprints. Lean Apps used Jira, Slack, and RealtimeBoard for effective communication between teams. Retrospectively, the process was very transparent and impactful. They made sure to collect feedback after every sprint from our team and focused on improvising their services.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were highly impressed with Lean Apps’ retail domain knowledge. The team was very effective in understanding the end goal of the app and customer pain points.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. Lean Apps helped us saved our time and money that we could have wasted in building the app at the initial stage.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development Support for Sportswear Retailer

"Lean Apps provided high-quality software development work in a timely and cost-effective manner."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Apps built an Amazon Connect solution to improve a sportswear retailer’s customer service. They conducted end-to-end development—from a discovery phase to final testing and integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United States
Swadheen Sehgal
CIO, SNAPBAC LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The system deployed within four weeks to positive feedback from external and internal stakeholders. Lean Apps delivered a top-notch solution on time and against budget constraints. Regular communication, timeliness, and technical expertise made the collaboration run smoothly.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am CIO at Snapbac LLC. We design and sell sportswear.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

We engaged Lean Apps to help create an integrated Amazon Connect solution.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a solution that can connect customers with different team members based on each member’s availability, skill set, and office hours. The solution needed to fall within a limited budget and be flexible based on company growth.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our web development partners recommended Lean Apps to us. After interviewing their team, we felt that they were subject matter experts and excelled at explaining their work approach. We began with a proof-of-concept project with them; based on the results, we hired them to build the full solution. 

Describe the project in detail.

We first held a series of discovery sessions to define the requirements. Lean Apps then shared the development roadmap with us; it included timelines and expectations on our end. Their team created the solution following an agile development process. We regularly provided feedback throughout this stage. After that, we tested different AWS call conditions, and Lean Apps integrated our Shopify platform with the solution.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a project manager and a developer. The CEO also joined us regularly in discussions and offered different ways to solve problems.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We deployed the solution within four weeks. Our customer satisfaction rates soared as a result; we could address most questions through an automated system and then direct the remainder to the appropriate team members.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Lean Apps excelled at communicating from start to finish. They gave us sufficient notice about any delays and delivered all products on time.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Lean Apps provided high-quality software development work in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I only wish that the team had more office locations in the US.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for OTT Platform

"Lean Apps found solutions for every requirement through an open process from start to finish."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Apr. 2016
Project summary: 

Lean Apps rebuilt a mobile app for iOS and Android to improve its user experience and customer ratings. They created wireframes and mockups, built the architecture, and led a testing phase as well.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Delhi, India
Puneesh Singla
Former DGM - IT Billing & Operations, InfoTel - Digivive
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Three days after launch, the app received over 10,000 positive reviews; three months after, its app store rating increased by 1.5 points. Lean Apps led a smooth workflow thanks to their thoughtful and transparent approach, personable team, and integrity.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the DGM of IT billing and operations for InfoTel – Digivive, an over-the-top media provider. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

We engaged Lean Apps to revamp a mobile application to provide OTT content.

What were your goals for this project?

We want to improve the app’s user experience and simplify its navigation. We were hoping to improve our customer ratings on app stores as well as make it easier to administer and maintain.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We circulated our requirements to a handful of firms selected after careful online research. Based on the initial responses, we shortlisted five vendors. A series of discussions with each team to understand their work approach led to two finalists. Lean Apps won the project by having a top-notch portfolio and commercial proposal. 

Describe the project in detail.

The first phase involved a study and discovery period. Lean Apps helped us create user stories and mind maps to lay out the lap. Their team then developed wireframes and mockups. They also made the architecture for the application and infrastructure. After building the app for both iOS and Android devices, Lean Apps led a testing phase using test cases and acceptance testing. We then rolled out the application and made tweaks based on customer feedback.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a project manager, a part-time system analyst, a part-time solution architect, a scrum master, a designer, two frontend developers, two backend developers, a QA expert, and a trainer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The mobile app received over 10,000 positive reviews with three days of its launch. Our ranking also improved from 3 to 4.5 within three months.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Lean Apps was one of the most enjoyable companies to work with. Their team was proactive and transparent in their approach. We never experienced a single surprise as a customer.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Lean Apps found solutions for every requirement through an open process from start to finish.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, I can’t think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dev Support for Medical App

“They were transparent and straighforward—I valued their honesty.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - June 2018
Project summary: 

Lean Apps assisted with the development of a React native app. They built several features, including a chatbot, payment tools, and other user management functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Delhi
Bhavuk Chawla
CTO, DataCouch
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform was successfully completed on time and earned business from top companies within the industry. The Lean Apps team was efficient and timely, delivering work as expected. Their upfront communication style and dedication made them a strong development partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Data Couch. We provide consulting and training services on emerging technologies, including AI, chatbots, etc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

We hired Lean App for development support. We were creating a product to help patients interact with hospital customer services’ teams more easily, so we needed to create a chatbot and other functionalities.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a solution for all customer services-related issues patients endure through a streamlined app. Our goal was to use Lean Apps to build the product quickly so we could begin testing with our audience.

SOLUTION

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Lean Apps built a fully functional MVP for us. They handled the UX design and developed both the front- and backend. It is a cross-platform React app, and they used Dialogflow for the chatbot integration. Their team incorporated all necessary features for in-app payments, user reviews, etc.

What was the team composition?

They provided a product owner, UX designer, frontend developer, backend developer, a scrum master, and DevOps teammate.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Partially because of Lean Apps’ expertise in developing the platform, we acquired one of the top hospital networks in the US. Customers are highly satisfied with the app.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

After our first sprint, any issues we had from location differences were solved. They gathered feedback after each sprint and everything was delivered on time.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were transparent and straighforward—I valued their honesty. They felt comfortable making decisions and were an agile team to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There is nothing they could do to improve— they continually worked to better their customer service.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

POS System Dev for Mobile Retail Company

"This solution has impressed one of the best new companies in Europe."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A long-term development partner, Lean Apps is developing a POS solution that operates with a single frontend code base and multiple backend bases.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Nürnberg, Germany
Gernot Moetschlmayer
CEO, EverStore
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Lean Apps’ technical acumen and experience complement the internal team in a seamless, effective partnership. Innately capable of identifying priorities and industry trends, they provide a high level of competence at a fair price. They are on the cutting edge of standardized software development. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

EverStore develops POS and store inventory management systems for mobile retail platforms. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

Lean Apps is helping us build a POS system for FlixBus ticket shops. 

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to develop the system to run in one custom code base on any mobile device or frontend with several separate backend code bases. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Lean Apps is our long-time exclusive partner for outsourced software development.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

The scope was to build a fully functional MVP that facilitated the sale, exchange, and cancellation of bus tickets while fulfilling all fiscal requirements. Lean Apps completed the UX design, developed a React cross-platform frontend, and provided full Scrum master services. 

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of a UX designer, a frontend designer, and a Scrum master. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

With the combination of our retail competence and Lean Apps’ technological expertise, this solution has impressed one of the best new companies in Europe. Our customer is very satisfied with the FlixBus product, which was delivered on time, within budget, and according to the scope. 

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The collaboration has been perfect. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Lean Apps provides high quality, standardized software development at a fair price.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. We actually omitted all Scrum retrospectives and lessons learned to focus more time on product progression. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling challenges were by far on our end. Thankfully, Lean Apps stayed flexible.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver five-star quality. Our customer is fully satisfied and we have no complaints.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already done so several times.

Mobile App Dev for Marketing & Sales Agency

"The team is always available and has a fair pricing model."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lean Apps has developed a social networking app to increase brand awareness. The app runs on native Android and iOS platforms and are now available for download.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Nuremberg, Germany
Markus Römer
CEO, Dressandfriends GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Currently, the app boasts about 150,000 downloads. Lean App’s skilled expertise and commitment to quality drives collaboration. Despite initial logistical challenges, the team now accommodates sudden changes in a flexible manner. Expect strong communication skills and affordable prices.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of Dressandfriends GmbH, a marketing and sales agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Apps?

We hired Lean Apps to build a social media mobile application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lean Apps worked with our internal team to develop our app on native iOS and Android platforms. Initially, their scrum master went through our processes to create stories, and their CEO provided business development support. They now continue to provide customer support for the apps, and we're currently planning other projects.

What is the team composition?

Narjeet (CEO, Lean Apps) is our primary contact. His team consists of a scrum master as well as iOS and Android development leads. They work directly with our in-house scrum master and project manager.

How did you come to work with Lean Apps?

A mutual acquaintance introduced us to Narjeet when he was living in Nuremberg. Based on the recommendation, I decided to talk to Lean Apps and compare their services to other vendors. Their business development support distinguished them from other agencies with more limited services.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €150,000 ($172,127 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2016, and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We consider the app successful because it has earned approximately 150,000 downloads. Our ongoing relationship with Lean Apps is good for us as a team.

How did Lean Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, we struggled to set up teams effectively because we had different visions for how to build the product. However, the last six months have been great. Narjeet provides helpful insight for our internal app development resources. Likewise, their scrum master ensures the best quality results. We use Trello, Jira, and Skype to organize the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Lean Apps has scaled their team by onboarding skilled resources for app and business development. The team has seamlessly adapted to app functionality changes that we’ve made in response to market demands. They're always available and have a fair pricing model.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We wish they had more offices across Germany. The team primarily communicates in English, which is typical for the IT sector. However, this can deter collaborations with clients that don’t speak the language.

Any advice for potential customers?

Don't plan too much before working with them. If clients are worried, they should talk to Lean Apps directly. Be transparent about your idea during early stages because that will allow them to produce the best results.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They successfully accommodate time zone differences to deliver on schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The costs are fair.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve done very well.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes, but it is also good to have an internal team.

Mobile App & Prototype Dev for Entrepreneurship Program

"They do a great job of encompassing the lean startup methodology and agile methods."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lean Apps provides front- and backend developers for mobile apps, as well as designers, developers, and project managers to support teams through prototype development projects.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Germany
Jan Kennedy
CEO, Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship (AfCE)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The speed of getting products to market increased markedly after Lean Apps was first engaged. Expertise and meticulousness are hallmarks of their work. Their consistent communication, flexibility, and responsiveness justify the investment and make them a valuable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and CEO of the Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship. We help Fortune 500 companies design and implement entrepreneurship programs to help their teams develop innovative ideas and launch new ventures.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Apps?

One thing we offer is a prototype fund. Our teams sometimes need to develop MVPs to test if their ideas have any merit in the marketplace. We needed a partner to apply design thinking in the lean startup methodology to find out if customers are interested in these solutions.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lean Apps supplies us with designers, developers, online marketers, and project managers to help us do a number of different kinds of prototypes. We have a lot of different projects where we’re an intermediary, so we pass their services on to our clients.

With one client, for example, we may offer the prototype fund to 5–20 teams going through our corporate entrepreneurship program. They get to tap into Lean Apps for a wide variety of projects. These may include creating a logo; setting up an email domain and web page; launching customer surveys; designing flyers, posters, and brochures; building storyboards, or designing interactive websites and landing pages. Lean Apps also produces videos and design prototypes of clickable apps where the teams can capture interest from potential customers for the solution that they're testing.

For other projects, Lean Apps helps teams going through our incubation phase to build a solution. We offer those team a sprint mentoring approach, coupled with an agile development approach from Lean Apps. They provide front- and backend developers, as well as UX personnel and designers. They work intensively for about six months developing the solution over 12–18 sprints.

Most of these projects are mobile applications that Lean Apps builds using an agile method. They put the app in front of customers to gather feedback, then come back and iterate on the required features. The Lean Apps team is involved more on a daily basis during this phase.

What is the team composition?

My main point of communications is typically the assigned project manager. I also interact with their founder and CEO as well.

How did you come to work with Lean Apps?

We assessed quite a few different vendors from India and across Eastern Europe. After talking to them about our needs, we felt Lean Apps best understood the entrepreneurial mindset. They also had the most agile capabilities and flexibility, which allows for the lean startup process to be applied by the teams in our program.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €500,000–€1,000,000 (approximately $585,000–$1,170,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together began in February 2016, and the engagement is ramping up.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Using this methodology, teams can put solutions or new product ideas into the marketplace 2–4 times faster than what would generally be possible, and at a significantly lower cost.

How did Lean Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team is excellent. We’re in close communication on almost a weekly basis. Mainly, we interact through Slack or WhatsApp groups. They also communicate directly with our corporate teams so that they’re in charge of developing the idea from the client point of view. It's a collaborative effort, and they're quite open and flexible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do a great job of encompassing the lean startup methodology and agile methods. That's important in terms of overall speed and flexibility.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing major that I would highlight. The only suggestion would be to offer more languages. Currently, everything is in English. It would be advantageous if they were able to provide the same services in Spanish, French, and German.

Any advice for potential customers?

Have an open channel of communication. Things can change quickly, so don't rely just on the initial project plan. Be willing to change the approach based on new information that Lean Apps is learning about the solutions. They contribute value by bringing back learnings from their past work.

As a client, you have to be open to accept their feedback and potentially change direction. If you're only interested in sticking to your original plan, you probably shouldn't be working with an agile supplier. There's a big difference between the traditional waterfall method of developing new products and solutions versus the agile, lean startup method. Their value proposition is very much on their lean startup expertise.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Training Solution for Online Health Startup

"Through the iterative process, we were able to see immediate results."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2016 - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Using an iterative approach of two-week sprints, Lean Apps developed all technical elements of a digital training solution to help users regain speech.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Gerd Graumann
CEO, Evivecare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The completed prototype impressed business partners and fostered a full build. Lean Apps is organized and operates well despite time zone differences, making for a successful outsourced engagement. The team’s flexibility and dedicated communication efforts produce a healthy working environment.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of Evivecare. We are a startup in the digital health space. Our goal is to help people with speaking disorders regain their speech faster.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Apps?

We were creating a digital training solution to help people practice at home and regain their speech at a faster pace.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lean Apps took on the entire production of all software elements for our solution. Our project manager, Narjeet, is located in Berlin, as well, and he collaborated with our India-based development team. We set the requirements for each two-week sprint. Narjeet organized the workflow and documentation for the project.

What is the team composition?

In addition to Narjeet, we worked with a scrum master in India, who managed our eight-person development team.

How did you come to work with Lean Apps?

In addition to being a co-founder of Lean Apps, Narjeet is also a co-founder at Evivecare. We discussed the project at a time when we had not yet founded the company. He is experienced as a scrum master and a software developer, so it was a relatively easy decision to team up.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent more than €150,000 ($175,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from May 2016 - September 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We developed a functional prototype of the product to communicate our vision to our partners.

How did Lean Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We made quick progress in implementing our ideas into the project. Through the iterative process, we were able to see immediate results. Unlike normal development processes, we were able to have short-term goals and make changes that could be implemented into the next sprint. We experienced some time zone considerations and inherent communication challenges because of them, but both sides were patient and flexible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We had the luxury of having Narjeet available in our office, and that allowed us to have fluid communication with the India team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I understand the intent of keeping the developers in an undisturbed environment, but we would have welcomed some in-sprint communication with that team. On the business end of the team, there was some friction because we could not access the developers.

Any advice for potential customers?

The key to any successful outsourced engagement is strong communication.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Frontend Development for Grocery Application

"We were very satisfied with the results."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - June 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Apps provided frontend software development services. They took high-fidelity screen designs and developed the frontend, including any relevant integrations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Nürnberg, Germany
CEO & Co-founder, Grocery App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished frontend was effectively incorporated into the product’s beta. The team managed the work well, ensuring that they met all requirements, while also offering good suggestions to improve the platform.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO and founder of a company that offers price comparison for grocery shopping.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Apps?

We needed frontend development based on our sketch designs.

What were your goals for this project?

To have a functioning frontend with all the relevant and necessary endpoints.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended to us by a partner company.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We provided high-fidelity screen designs that they turned into a running frontend. They also did the necessary endpoint integration.

What was the team composition?

There was a project leader and two developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

After the project was finalized, we were able to run our beta.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was mostly via Jira und Zoom, through which everything ran smoothly with no delays.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their workflow was very agile. All the requirements were implemented, working through the process carefully, while also making suggestions for active improvements.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There are improvements that I can think of. We were very satisfied with the results.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer