Markets Drive Products, We Pave the Road

We are Product Centric. We are a leading product strategy firm that supports early-stage and middle-market technology companies develop, launch and scale their businesses. We work with them to effectively define, design and build software products quicker and more successfully than they would do otherwise.

The ProductSavvy™ team is a group of business and technology innovators who know what it takes to develop great products. We help companies and leaders successfully disrupt their markets.

Our tools and processes are based upon decades of experience. We tie together market needs, technology, strategies and business models to bring successful products to market.

The ProductSavvy™ team is headquartered in the United States with team members working in the US and Israel.

We are Agile, Scrum evangelists and have extensive experience in managing local and globally distributed software development teams.      

We like Start-ups. Our typical clients are fast-growth companies who are looking to either develop new products or build-out next generation versions of their products. A large number of our clients are venture backed. We are often introduced to companies through their investment partners, coming in as their Product People (ex. VP Product, CTO, VP R&D) to help them realize their market potential. 

We get business and technology. Our team encompasses deep technology and business experience and helps position enterprises at the forefront of innovation and all the competitive advantages it offers.

 

 
$50,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2006
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Rockville, MD
headquarters
  • One Research Court, Suite 450
    Rockville, MD 20850
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Enterprise:
    • ParkMyCloud, Atero, AVaStar
  • Cyber:
    • ThreatSwitch, PFPCyber 
  • HealthTech:
    • SwiftShift, GenePeeks, CORAnet, EverBeat
  • Accelerators:
    • Mach37, Inova, PeaceTech (DC), RelevantHealth, Smart City Works 

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IT Consulting for Online Community Platform

"Product Savvy Consulting, LLC was proactive rather than reactive, which was very impressive."

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

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC managed development efforts for an online community platform. The team directed scrums, reviewed and adapted code. They created architecture and designs for a third-party client.

The Reviewer
 
2-9 Employees
 
Rockville, Maryland
CEO, Online Community Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Working meticulously, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC provided satisfying services. They were orderly and accessible, responding to inquiries swiftly around the clock. The team was skilled and encouraged progress, which supported a valuable collaboration.

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 CEO of a company called Breezio. It’s a SaaS online community platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

We required help on a technical lead. At the time, we didn’t have a CTO and needed a deeper technical knowledge to implement processes for managing our product team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC helped run our scrum calls, managing our existing team’s development efforts. They looked at our codebase to make changes and improvements. As well, their team provided architecture and designs to support a custom project for a client.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Jonathan (CEO and Founder, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC).

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

Jonathan and I were running in the same startup circles. I got to know him through a series of different networking events. By the time we needed technical support, I’d already known Jonathan for a while.

How much have you invested with them?

We started working with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC in April 2019 and finished the collaboration in August of that year

What is the status of this engagement?

We spent between $25,000–$50,000 on their services.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC provided high-quality services. Jonathan was very professional. His attention to detail, availability, and ability to help was outstanding.

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC managed the project excellently; it was organized. Essentially, Jonathan was available 24/7. If I had a question, he responded quickly. We had regular calls with our development team, which is offshore. Their team was really great to work with.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC was proactive rather than reactive, which was very impressive. Their team thought ahead of where we needed to be. They paid attention to details and were available.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything they could do differently.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

With any consulting group, it’s most important to be clear about your scope of work and what you want to be done. Product Savvy Consulting, LLC knows that too. It’s a crucial two-way street.

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

Product Development & Consulting for SaaS Technology Company

“They helped us establish a successful product development cycle that grew our business.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Listening carefully to client needs, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC managed an entire product development cycle. They also integrated new product features.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
New York Metro Area
Director of Product, SaaS Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Accommodating and responsive, Product Savvy Consulting provided constructive feedback and insightful suggestions. Their support made product development five times faster. They identified critical issues and demonstrated a keen investment in the product’s success.

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 director of product at a SaaS company that provides technology solutions to home healthcare agencies. We help make their operations more efficient.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

We needed help creating and managing a product development cycle.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC initially took the time to assess our situation. They identified what we needed to address and complete in order to meet our product development goals. Along with developing new features for our product, they strategized a process to help us accomplish our objectives.

What is the team composition? 

We worked with the two leaders from the company.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

Our CEO found them. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October 2017–March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They helped us establish a successful product development cycle that grew our business. Together, we outlined and implemented solutions for critical issues. Our collaboration also drastically improved our in-house team’s velocity. Product Savvy Consulting, LLC enabled our internal developers to deliver features five times faster than they could before.

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

We usually met with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC in our offices. They outlined their scope clearly and easily understood our problems. They provided excellent feedback and were assertive when needed. Unlike many other partners, they genuinely cared about our success. We developed a strong working relationship. They were always available when we had questions or comments.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC was kind, personable, and invested in our business.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could’ve communicated with our internal development team better.
 
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be open and direct about what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask them to make changes.

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

Software & Mobile App Development for Consulting Firm

"Product Savvy Consulting keeps everything on track."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Product Savvy Consulting provided software development services. Their team built a mobile application for iOS and Android, and a web platform. They now assist with other internal services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Eric Bracht
Managing Director, AVaStar
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The engagement led to a successful product. Product Savvy Consulting’s leadership and work ethic are notable strengths. Their team went above and beyond to provide whatever the client needed. Customers can expect a skilled and dedicated team that’s willing to learn.

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 managing director of AVaStar, a consulting firm. We offer audiovisual consulting and design services as well as acoustical design services. We serve hotels, conference centers, corporate government training centers, and any venue that outsources presentation services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

We needed development services. While we knew how we wanted the software to function, we did not know about creating code.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product Savvy Consulting built our mobile applications for iOS and Android and a web application from scratch. It is a software that supports a business and operation. Their team was educated on the process of internal audiovisual departments. They needed knowledge of that and the tasks those departments complete to build the application.

What is the team composition?

We have a team of around six people. We work with a project manager, QA, developers that focus on building the database and web platform, and one developer for each mobile application.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

The president of our company was introduced to Product Savvy Consulting through the State of Maryland Small Business Council.

How much have you invested in them?

We have invested $210,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement began in October 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work has met expectations thus far. If there is a misunderstanding, Product Savvy Consulting works hard to get it corrected.

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

Product Savvy Consulting keeps everything on track. Their team uses VersionOne for project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team doesn’t only develop software; they’ve helped us whenever they can. Product Savvy Consulting assists with finding funding and developing marketing strategies. Their leadership skills are a strength.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication is an area that needs improvement. Their team should prioritize what the client feels is important. Otherwise, everything else went well.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Having a team member that understands development would be beneficial. We don’t have any software or development experts on our team. If we did, communication could’ve been smoother.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their team provided extra work, but didn't increase the price.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Platform Development for Cloud Services Company

“They truly take responsibility for their work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
July 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After writing the specs, Product Savvy Consulting helped develop an automated cloud management system using Python, Angular, and JavaScript technologies. The team also spoke with testers to gather feedback.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Dulles, Virginia
Jay Chapel
CEO & Founder, ParkMyCloud
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

As an integral partner from the start, Product Savvy helped develop a product that is used by 600 customers across 25 different countries. Users praise the product’s performance and report minimal issues. Their consistent communication and efficient collaborative skills make them a trusted 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 CEO and founder of ParkMyCloud. We help people automatically manage their clouds in AWS, Azure, or Google by turning things off when they’re not being used and optimizing their size based on workload.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

As a company founder with a background in sales marketing, I’m not very technically experienced. We needed a partner to help get our platform off the ground.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After hearing our vision for the platform, the team wrote a set of specs that met all of our requirements. They supplied resources to augment our internal team and they continue to manage the development process. They help us write the frontend and backend code using Python and they develop the user interface with Angular and JavaScript. Additionally, they interview our alpha and beta testers to understand what is working and what needs to be improved in the systems next iteration.

What is the team composition?

I mainly work with the founder for engineering purposes and the partner handled project management. They also provided about four developers and two UI specialists. We had a full team of developers for the bulk of the project, but we’ve scaled back while we gather customer feedback.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

We talked to several different firms. In that process, I ran into Product Savvy Consulting, LLC’s partner at an event and following some friendly conversations about soccer, I felt comfortable with their team. After reviewing their references and previous work, I decided they were a good fit.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we’ve spent over $1 million. We pay between $300,000–$400,000 each year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in July 2015, when our company first started, and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

From the start, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC has been an integral piece of our business. In just three years, we’ve received two rounds of funding and acquired over 600 customers stretched across 25 countries. Our rate of customer satisfaction is very high. We haven’t even staffed a customer support person because we haven’t yet run into that need. They’ve done a great job of integrating their resources into our team and helping us manage our workload with reliable, high-quality and timely deliveries. I’ve worked with other firms in the past, and I’m most pleased with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC.

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team is very organized in their communication style. We initially tracked the project using Jira, but we switched to Version 1. All other interactions are generally through Slack and Skype and we share documentation on GitHub. We can count on them to deliver quality products by the deadline. They are very accurate in sizing, scoping, and managing our expectations and their resources.

What did you find most impressive about them?

There’s a strong sense of trust between our teams. Without micromanaging, I know that they’ll do what’s best for my company. We’re local, so their team spends time in our office, they’re on our mailing list, and they feel like a part of our company. We let them speak directly with our customers to get accurate feedback to better inform their development process.

Are there any areas they could improve?

If there’s ever a problem, we resolve it quickly through open discussions. They truly take responsibility for their work. For example, a member of their team started to slack off and we terminated that relationship quickly. The rest of the team worked harder to make up for that cost.

Any advice for potential customers?

I recommend clients treat them as part of their internal team. Allow them to be as involved as possible because your success is going to be based on their success.

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
    I’ve done many reference calls for them and a consistently recommend them locally.

Product Management for Venture Capital Firm

"The reviews after the sessions were always great."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC provided product management services for a startup accelerator. They ran sessions for startups, developing curricula and materials for the sessions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, England
Mike Ravenscroft
Program Director, C5 Capital
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work has been a resounding success, with many of the startups they worked with flourishing and going on to achieve high levels of their own success. They were efficient, professional, and highly expert throughout the sessions, providing startups with the best possible service.

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 program director at C5 Capital, a venture capital firm based in the U.K. We run and host a program through C5 Accelerate and we’re one of the founding partners of the PeaceTech Accelerator.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

Many startups don’t understand product management and don’t understand how to develop processes with an eye to adhering to what their customers want.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I’ve worked with them across three different accelerator programs. I started working with them through an accelerator called Smart City Works. Then I worked with them at MACH37 with cybersecurity. After that, I’ve been working with them with the startups in my PeaceTech Accelerator.

Often the team would run sessions for a couple of startup companies. It focused on helping them with how to do different discovery, how to do it well, and how to be nimble in product development through agile methods.

They developed a pretty robust set of one-on-one materials: they have a mini-curriculum that they developed and provided to our startups.

What is the team composition?

I typically worked with Jonathan (Founder & CEO, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC). He’d come in and run sessions for us and most of the boot camp. When he ran it for my most recent cohort, he brought Evan (Senior Tech Strategist, Product Savvy Consulting, LLC) with him. They did some more one-on-one mentorship with the companies that we brought in.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

I first got involved with them through colleagues of mine who had worked with them for a number of years. Given what they do and how well, and the price point they do it for, I’ve never looked anywhere else. I have a lot of good experience with the team. They’re very high performing. I’ve always received very good reviews from those who have worked with them.

How much have you invested with them?

Over $10,000. He did a free session for me as a favor in June 2018.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2018 and the work is ongoing. Prior to the current company, we had worked together from December 2013 until Fall 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work they did for us wasn’t measurable in terms of physical milestones as it’s mentoring and coaching. The reviews after the sessions were always great, which is why we’ve brought them back year after year. They ran their workshop for every single cohort that my previous accelerator did. It’s been a core part of our curriculum.

The challenge for their team was how to use content that’s relevant across different startup lifecycles, which they're fantastic at. They’re comfortable talking to any team, from those in the pre-product, ideas stage to a team of professionals. They’re nimble and able to work with them regardless of what stage they’re in.

The measure of success is in the entrepreneurs and startups. One company that worked with them extensively was in one of our cohorts about four years ago. They worked to build out their customer base and product line. They got to the point where they’re so successful that they don’t need Product Savvy anymore—they're now at a million-dollar run rate, with a got a big customer base and an extremely robust product line.

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

I give them 10 out of 10. The contracts we had with them were in the $10,000–$15,000 range. We had about six sessions in person and one additional session later in the program. They were extremely efficient, knowledgeable, and highly reviewed by our company. We worked entirely in-person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re aware of how valuable people's time is. They're very direct in terms of helping you get to success. I appreciate their ability to synthesize complex ideas and take lots of different things that may be working, and pull them into something that’s more cohesive. I continue to go back to them with questions from my entrepreneurs because I know that they’re in a better position to answer than anybody else. The content they deliver is solid, which is why I haven’t changed anything in the last five years we’ve been working with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They can only help you if you’re honest with them. Be honest and upfront about the challenges that you have. Give it to them straight and they’ll give it to you straight. The best thing you can do is put your cards on the table when you’re working with them. They can help in ways that you wouldn’t have thought possible.

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

Various Product Management for Corporate Venture Fund

“They’re incredibly good at teaching strategies that develop human capital, budget, and financial models.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Product Savvy Consulting, LLC provides product management support within a health system. They manage disciplines and training, determine appropriate software features, and help build prototypes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Fairfax, Virginia
Rick Gordon
Director, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Product Savvy is trustworthy and their work is completely satisfactory. They shepherd each product until it can be managed in-house, then assist with team transitions. They are communicative and hands-on.

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 an investor with the Inova health system. We run a corporate venture fund.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting?

We needed an expert product manager to train seed-stage entrepreneurs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Part of our commitment to driving innovation in health technology in the region includes bringing new products to market. Product Savvy are our go-to company for product management training. They provide good outsource capabilities and engage directly with entrepreneurs. They help define minimum viable products for software, get customer feedback on appropriate features, and develop an agile development process to build prototypes. They’re incredibly good at teaching strategies that develop human capital, budget, and financial models.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with Jonathan (CEO & Founder, Product Savvy Consulting).

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting?

They reached out to us when we were making investments and recruiting. I’ve worked with a generation of early-stage entrepreneurs who don’t always understand the discipline, especially in software. Product Savvy has significant experience in product management, which is rare in the Mid-Atlantic region.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017. We've made three investments in seed-stage companies and work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are 100% satisfied with the work they provide.

How did Product Savvy Consulting perform from a project management standpoint?

Jonathan is really good at project management and everyone is happy to work with him. He provides a hands-on approach and we communicate mostly by phone.

What did you find most impressive about them?

A lot of other service providers try to lock in their client base. Product Savvy provides product management and development discipline until there is a prototype and enough capital to bring those disciplines in-house. They’re structured to be temporary and manage those transitions very smoothly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust them. They’re very good and have their clients’ best interests at heart.

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

Multiple Product Management for Cybersecurity Accelerator

"Their work consistently proved to be successful and was one of the best expenditures we ever made."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2013 - July 2017
Project summary: 

Product Savvy provided an educational curriculum for early-stage tech companies. They provided instruction on developing and deploying a product to market.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Herndon, Virginia
Dan Woolley
Former General Manager, MACH37 Cyber Accelerator
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Product Savvy's work helped create 161 new jobs and increased the growth 70% of companies in the program. They provided a well-defined methodology that consistently delivered tangible results. This, and their ability to understand the needs of early-stage startups were exceptional.

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 was a general partner at MACH37 Cyber Accelerator at the time of the project.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy?

We needed to teach our earlier-stage cybersecurity companies about product or program management. We needed to teach them how to define customer personas and how to build out the product plans necessary to the deliver a general release from product to market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product Savvy was part of our regular curriculum to set companies in a position to build up their products. They educated them on the entire lifecycle of developing and deploying a product to market. Over the course of 14 weeks, their team conducted eight-day instructional phases on how to define customer personas; how to present their message; how to understand their competition was; why their product was being made; and what key features their product needed to be. Sorting through customer discussions and product details, they helped build out roadmaps and milestone plans.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of four employees.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy?

We reviewed seven different vendors and gave them an opportunity to conduct sessions with our companies. We asked our participants which vendors they received the greatest value from, and Product Savvy was noted as the most satisfactory.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested $75,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in October 2013 and ended in July 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
 
Their work helped create 161 jobs in the state of Virginia, generated 19.5 million dollars of additional funding, and 70% of the companies that participated in our program created a stable environment and were starting to grow. While we had a hundred different speakers involved in the program, Product Savvy was one of our core pieces and critical to our success. They even worked with our companies after our program to help them evolve into self-sustaining companies. Their team was always rated as one of the top vendors in our participant evaluations.

How did Product Savvy perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management was phenomenal. Their methodology was extremely well-defined, and their skills in improving program management were one of the best I've seen in the industry. They were easy to work with and used Slack to communicate with us and our companies.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They had a good handle on what it takes for a company to get a product in play. They work exceedingly well with early-stage entrepreneurs and are incredibly good people. Their work consistently proved to be successful and was one of the best expenditures we ever made. Their methodology perfectly matched our model of program management and product management to get these companies up out the door. We're planning to use them again to help a health accelerator company and three venture investment companies.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I wish I could've used them more. 

Any advice for potential customers?

Define specifically what it is you want to get accomplished and clearly communicate your expectations. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They knew exactly what we needed and always delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They could've easily charged four times the amount we were paying.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were excellent. I plan to work with them again.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already recommend them on a regular basis.

Software Development for Cyber Protection Solutions Firm

“Product Savvy Consulting’s support was invaluable as we turned a technical idea into a product.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Product Savvy Consulting provides project management and outsourced development for a cloud hosting infrastructure build and migration. They use the Agile method of sprints.

 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vienna, Virginia
James Harris
VP of Engineering, PFP Cybersecurity
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Product Savvy Consulting contributes keen insight based on a substantial technical knowledge base and a valuable ROI. Their useful suggestions help flesh out user stories and technical requirements. The CEO has taken a personal hand in each facet of the process as the dedicated project manager. 

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 VP of engineering for PFP Cybersecurity. Our relative startup company works in a niche area of cybersecurity. We use side channel analysis to determine if devices are in a bad state or have been tampered with in some way.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

I needed experts who could train our team and prepare us for the Agile process. We don't have a large or experienced engineering team in-house. Product Savvy Consulting is helping us develop our next generation cloud-based software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product Savvy Consulting is helping us outsource development and build the entire cloud infrastructure from scratch. We had previously conducted all our work on a PC basis. Moving to an entire cloud infrastructure is a new endeavor. 

Product Savvy Consulting helped us plan this project by setting the requirements documents and preparing to begin the Agile process. Before starting development, we identified the developers' specific skill sets.  Our software has a Java backend, a MySQL database, and Docker microservices. It required a full stack development process to build, which includes both frontend and backend engineering. 

What is the team composition? 

The CEO and founder serves as our project management resource. We're currently working with three full-time developers. 

How did you come to work with Product Savvy Consulting, LLC?

I launched a startup company a few years ago through the state of Virginia's MACH37 cybersecurity accelerator. Jonathan (CEO and Founder, Product Savvy Consulting) was one of the mentors and teachers at their training program. He worked closely with us to help my previous startup and clarify our goals by creating user stories. 

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent $100,000 and plan to continue working together. Product Savvy Consulting is training our developers to take on more of these roles so we can eventually outsource less and have our own developers do more work. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since April 2018. We're still early on in the development and are nearing the end of the second sprint. Much of the work upfront was organization. It took substantial effort to get us moving in the right direction.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Product Savvy Consulting provides a very valuable service. They facilitate the development, write real code, and program databases at a competitive price. There's no way we could afford this level of service with a local team or by hiring in-house employees with the same skill sets. 

How did Product Savvy Consulting, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

As the project manager, The CEO set the pace of our project and trained all our staff. He helped us organize and plan as we started this project from scratch. He carefully explained the documentation we lacked the internal expertise to understand. Slack is our primary means of communication. We used Atlassian tools on an ad hoc basis, rather than having an established process. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Product Savvy Consulting’s support was invaluable as we turned a technical idea into a product. The CEO, in particular, has an excellent way of getting people to focus on user stories He helped us carefully think through how people will actually interact with our product. He has the experience to bring in several developers and quickly get started. That's really important when you're first starting a project, especially with younger or inexperienced engineers. He excels at helping us focus on what it means to build a product for users. That's why I recommended him to our CEO when I started my role here. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a serious internal discussion about what your project is going to mean. Consider the commitment it requires to start the Agile process. Preparing to use this methodology will ensure that everything isn't a complete surprise. Preloading your understanding of what the process will be like will help you adapt ahead of time and make things easier for you. 

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

Product Development for Mobile Healthcare Device Solution Firm

"They’re growing, which is a good sign."

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

Product Savvy worked on product development, finalising existing iOS and web platforms and developing an Android version from scratch. The pilot product can analyse, display, and store healthcare data.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Maryland, United States
CTO, Healthcare Device Solution Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development project was completed successfully, with the team producing all significant deliverables as required. They took feedback on board throughout the work and ensured that the project was tracked properly and managed professionally.

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 CTO of a mobile healthcare device solution company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Product Savvy?

I had some code that I brought with me from a different company, but I didn’t have any developers. I needed someone to take over the code base. The company I’d been working with was reasonably good, but they were all domestic, so more expensive than I could afford long-term.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They finished our product so that it could be used as a pilot. This entailed relatively minor modifications to the workflow. For instance, instead of inviting people to join, they could sign up themselves. Our device is a watch that can do an electrocardiogram, so they had to take ensure that data could be analyzed, displayed, and saved on it.

They worked on an iOS version and there’s a dashboard component for the web as well. We also provided an Android version, but they chose not to modify it and instead built the whole thing from scratch.

What is the team composition?

The team is made up of three to five people, including iOS and full-stack developers, testers, and some web people. We have an architect in the U.S.

How did you come to work with Product Savvy?

We found them through networking. I liked Jonathan (CEO and Founder, Product Savvy Consulting); he was smart and seemed to have high integrity. They seemed to have a good niche, trying to do product-based work, not hourly work.

Product Savvy was a little better at determining what the best architecture would be. They pushed me in certain ways, when my main concern had been the deadlines.

How much have you invested with them?

There were months when we spent $20,000–$30,000 on their services. I believe the total cost has been $150,000–$200,000 across two years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around July 2016. The collaboration is on-and-off. We still have a relationship and have another sprint queued up for August 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're still in business and I don’t feel that Product Savvy has ever significantly let us down on any deliverables.

There’ve been times when we were a bad client, because we didn’t lock everything down, we changed stuff along the way, or we didn’t give them time to do it quite the right way, which meant things didn’t come out well. I don't blame Product Savvy for those outcomes.

There were also times when I looked at the code and said “Guys, you shouldn’t be doing this,” but I had no problem bringing that to them and they would address it.

How did Product Savvy perform from a project management standpoint?

I give them a B+ in this area. They had the right methodology in place, our requirements were tracked, and they had daily scrums. They integrated with our toolsets, using standard Git, and another tool for internal requirements. They were never significantly off on anything; things may have slipped by 10–15%, but it wasn’t too bad.

All the basics for software development and project management were there. I think they might’ve struggled a little bit, being remote. It was hard to communicate sometimes, given the time difference and some communication challenges, but I’d say they did well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re growing, which is a good sign. That confirms that they must have some level of success and processes in place, which is pretty valuable. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly how well they will scale. When we started, their team was only 5–6 people, and now they have 14 members. It seems they’re growing in an organic way, and I would feel comfortable continuing to give them my business.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I hesitate to criticize them in areas where, in some ways, I’ve been the worst client possible. I’ve helped Product Savvy fix things at certain times, which is a little frustrating for me, since they’re supposed to be the experts.

They’re a bit sloppy with resources sometimes; they’ve spun up some load balancers that weren’t really necessary, and just let them sit around for a while. A little more of that attention to detail would be nice In the grand scheme of things, they might have created a couple of extra $30-month servers and let them sit around for a while, but, compared to $150,000, it’s not that big of a deal.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

There were a couple of times when I had to ask them why they were working on a particular item. Make the investment, at least at the critical phases of a project, and attend the scrums, even as just a fly on the wall. That’s a good way to make sure nothing bad happens down the road.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I was never surprised by anything and they did everything they could to make it affordable.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Not all organizations need what our organization has, so it might not be a fit. If they do, I’d definitely recommend Product Savvy.