What were the results of the project?
The work is still ongoing. You know, nothing’s completed in my world, but we’ve actually hired our own person in-house, and she’s starting on November 1, . So now, they’re just preparing the next build, and then we do a handover where we’ll be sending the iOS developer to Poland to work with them for a week, and then that’s pretty much it for now. You never know what will happen with our startup, there might be a new project needed.
I’m very satisfied with their performance. They’re right up to par with any other developers I’ve worked with.
Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?
We can’t disclose that information. As far as general feedback, we’re happy with the end product. We only launched about six weeks ago. We haven’t found the right channels yet, so we’re testing a lot. With a new product, a new concept, you need some time to get some traction.
We’re not getting really good feedback from people, but we’re not getting bad feedback from the users. In general, the app is good and is well-thought through for a first release. We’re happy with it.
Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?
They have good communication. I think that even the process within the company, they’re not so dogmatic like some companies who say that they have to use this process, and they have to use Scrum. Whatever makes the project work, they’ll do it.
If there’s something that needs to be discussed on a high level, the CEO is always available to take calls or respond by email. They’re good developers, and they also have multiple levels, from junior up to the very experienced senior managers. They have a lot of knowledge sharing and collaboration within their team. They’re extremely good at communication. For companies looking to outsource work, this is one of the main elements that you need.
Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?
In general, outsourced developers just think of the corner cases and focus on what’s ahead as opposed to focusing on what’s happening now, but that’s not a Nomtek issue whatsoever. That’s just an issue with a lot of people working in this business. Some developers offshore who are a bit more junior tend to over-complicate things.