What was the scope of their involvement?
All of our engagements with MojoTech required similar types of interactions, skill sets, and capabilities. Usually, each product started with defining the product, gathering requirements, conducting market research, reaching out to users, and doing a lot of discovery. They don’t just start writing code or building UX or wireframes; they really like to understand the business behind the software, user personas, and objectives.
That’s usually the first phase. Depending on the complexity of the project, it could either be a more intense process or a very simple process. Then, we go into wireframing and project planning. If it’s a complex project, we break it up into phases; they agree with us on setting priorities and what’s going to get done when, phasing, and aligning with our engineering teams to make sure that all the plans are landing on time in terms of delivering UX and writing code.
A planning phase to discovery is first, planning is second, and wireframing is third. We align if this is really what we want to build and how we want to build it. The fourth phase is coming up with the actual UX, which is a combination of interactive and visual design. MojoTech does both and is very good at it, which is why we like them; many firms out there are either great at visual or interactive.
Lastly, depending on the project, we either do the bulk of the actual development, or we engage them to help with the development. In some cases, we’ve done 100% of the development, and they only deliver UX files to us; in other cases, we worked together with their development team to build the product. In rare cases, they’ve done it from A-Z: they’ve coded it, they did the QA for it, and they were the development shop for that product.
At peak capacity, I’d say there were 10 people from MojoTech working on projects. Usually, the interaction within projects is kept to three or four people on a regular basis.
How did you come to work with MojoTech?
For us, it was unique because one of their founders used to work for me. He was my chief architect at a prior firm and had incredible talent. Then, their CEO was also introduced to me through him, and we did some work together. When they founded MojoTech, they were the top of the list because I knew they could do magic, having worked directly with them before.
We gave them a small project, they really hit it out of the ballpark, and our relationship continued to grow alongside their company’s growth. We were one of their first five engagements when they had two or three people at the firm.
How much have you invested with MojoTech?
Knowing the size of their company and what percentage of them was working on our stuff, I assume we’re surely one of their larger clients for the past couple of years.
What is the status of this engagement?
The first engagement was in 2008. We’re still working with them.