We craft outstanding web and mobile applications.

Quick Left Inc. is a leading provider of innovative software development services and tools headquartered in Boulder, Colo. Its services team specializes in web development, design, training and mobile applications. The company also operates Sprintly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers.

Together with Sprintly, Quick Left accelerates software product launches with a process defined by accountability, simplicity, scalability and today’s smartest web technologies. Visit Quick Left at quickleft.com.

Services at a glance

  • Web Application Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Agile Development Consulting
 
Undisclosed
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Boulder, CO
headquarters
  • 902 Pearl Street
    Boulder, CO 80302
    United States
other locations
  • 1285 Folsom St.
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States
  • 1062 Delaware St.
    Denver, CO 80204
    United States

Focus

Service lines
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Custom Software Development
Client focus
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
Industry focus
  • Information technology
  • Arts, entertainment & music
  • Advertising & marketing
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Ecommerce systems
Application platform
BI & big data focus
BI & big data solutions
CRM functions
CRM solutions
Productivity & collaboration

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Red Robin
  • i-Triage
  • People for Bikes
  • TrainingPeaks, Disney
  • Comcast
  • Old Navy
  • Ping Identity
  • Tendril
  • Comverge
  • Stages Cycling
  • Photobucket

Reviews

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Application Development For Healthcare Technology Firm

"From a technical perspective, they produce some outstanding code."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Quick Left augmented a healthcare company's development team to increase efficiency and staff cohesion. They assisted on multiple projects, from quality assurance to work on Ruby on Rails and Node.js.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Chief Technology Officer, Health Technology Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Quick Left's work has helped to build more efficient, productive teams. Their impressive technical proficiency, proactive work ethic, and understanding of the startup model help them integrate with the in-house team. The team accommodates requests and remains focused on the client's needs.

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

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

I work for a technology firm that offers consumers healthcare related mobile applications. The apps and website help millions of people every month figure out what might be wrong with them medically, what types of medical care and treatments are available to them, and what's the right level of care.

What is your position?

I'm the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you began the relationship with Quick Left?

The biggest one was our time-to-market. We're continuing to grow our team, so helping us to grow faster and fill some of our positions more quickly, and to work closely with the existing team, were the core challenges for us. We wanted access to different forms of expertise and different perspectives.

SOLUTION

How did you select Quick Left as your solution partner for this endeavor?

It was through some personal relationships with a few folks on our engineering team. They introduced us to Quick Left and that's really when everything began.

Could you describe the scope of work they've delivered thus far?

Their primary responsibility has been custom development using Ruby on Rails and Node.js. They offer strategic advice around our design, too, but their main function is to operate as an extension of our own internal development team. They've also handled the majority of our quality assurance and control procedures.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in monetary terms?

We've invested anywhere between $500,000 and $1 million during the course of this last year.

This remains an ongoing relationship, correct?

Yes, very much so.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the work they've delivered?

It's hard to measure. Filling key positions on a few of our teams has allowed us to move those teams forward more rapidly. We're very team-oriented here. We practice agile development and we focus very heavily on team-based timing and team-based planning. Because of that, if you have a team that's missing one or two key positions, it then becomes extremely difficult for that team to function and operate at optimal efficiency. In some cases, those one or two positions might be difficult to hire; certain key positions could theoretically take months to fill. Being able to fill that space and have that team move forward without much of a delay is very important to us.

From a technical perspective, they produce some outstanding code, too. We've got a really small group of partners that we work with. They tend to be the smaller boutique firms like Quick Left. We really focus on groups that have a similar corporate culture to ours, similar processes and engineering practices, and align well with us. It's not simply about putting bodies in vacant seats. It's about filling those seats with the right people. The code quality is extremely important, but really, it's that cultural alignment and the understanding of startups, that end up making the most difference for us.

When working with Quick Left, is there anything you'd consider unique or special about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

They've done a great job of building a group of very talented and capable individuals that care deeply about code craftsmanship. More importantly, they're entirely client-centric. They've been extremely flexible with our various requests and they're probably some of the most responsive developers I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside.

In retrospect, are there any areas you think they could improve as a service provider?

I've shared a few things with them. From the client-perspective, I'd prefer if they were physically in our office more. They're not in the office everyday with us. They do a mix of in our office and remote. It would be a little better for us if they were physically present with us more often. That's very much our culture. Our teams are physically present with one another and people collaborate for hours at a time on a very regular basis. I realize that, in certain situations, it may not be necessary to have their developers sitting alongside our own teams, but it's still preferred. That's the only real critique I could level against them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely, my only hesitation is that I wouldn't want to compete with others for their time. But, I've referred them several times in the past.

Custom Web Development For Sports and Health Technology Solution Provider

"[T]hey were always extremely open minded and willing to educate us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sept. - Dec. 2013
Project summary: 

Quick Left helped a company transition from a legacy system onto a JavaScript HTML5 solution. They developed and chose frameworks, provided UI designs, and developed information architecture.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Fort Collins, Colorado
Co-founder and CEO, TrainingPeaks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new system has boosted sales and been received positively by users. Quick Left collaborated seamlessly with the internal team, delivering exceptional code and sharing their broad technical knowledge. They focused on building a useful, efficient system and training staff to use it independently. 

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

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

TrainingPeaks is an ecosystem of software products for Web, mobile, and desktop platforms that allow for tracking, analyzing, and planning endurance training like cycling, triathlons, and running.

What is your position?

I’m the co-founder and chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were trying to address when you initiated the project with Quick Left?

We were migrating a very large legacy Flex application to JavaScript HTML5. Our staff needed to make the very large leap technologically, and we needed velocity in order to get it done prior to our busiest selling season. We brought in Quick Left, and their experts not to only train our team, coach them on best practices, and code reviews, and so on, but also to bolster our development horsepower, so we could scale with increased demand.

SOLUTION

How did discover and select Quick Left as your solution partner?

That’s more in the realm of our VP of technology and VP of engineering, but I think Quick Left is a pretty prominent and active company in both our domain of endurance sports as well as software development in Boulder. They’re a well-known entity that we were aware of before this particular project, having been here for several years. We also had the pleasure of meeting some of their team members prior to the project at various professional networking and training events. When this opportunity came up, they were a natural choice for us to consider.

Could you describe the scope of this project?

They were primarily responsible for developing the application frameworks. They helped us select JavaScript frameworks that we then built on top of. They helped us with the UI [user interface] layer, but also in the middle, business layer. They didn’t have to go down into the data layer. I would estimate that 80 percent of their work revolved around the user interface and architecture. The remaining 20 percent involved developing the middle layer, [or the] business layer.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in monetary terms?

It was well into the six figures for three and a half to four months, with one to three full-time developers collaborating with our team.

When was the project completed?

We engaged them in September of 2013, and we wrapped things up at the end of December of 2013. It could have been August to December, but it was basically [in quarter 3/quarter 4].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of the results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or end-user feedback you’ve received that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

Qualitatively, our team sung their praises every single day. They had absolutely top-notch consultants that came in and sat side by side with our engineering team. They repeatedly demonstrated their level of expertise. Quantitatively, feature performance is always critical, and we have a number of metrics that we track. They were always able to help us deliver very high performance code. We track that in application response time, emergent defects, and so on. As for end-user feedback, that’s been very positive as well. Our sales have indeed grown since we launched our updated product, too, but I don’t have those specific figures.

When working with Quick Left, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

Yes. Absolutely. First of all, they have tremendously talented people over there. Secondly, they were always extremely open minded and willing to educate us on areas outside of our general expertise. They weren’t trying to protect their intellectual property from us. There weren’t ever issues with asymmetric information. They were trying to teach us how to handle the platform ourselves effectively. Those two things stand out to me. They’re genuinely great people, and their willingness to teach is also commendable.

In retrospect, are there areas you think they could improve on as a service provider?

I wish they weren’t nearly as expensive as they are, but you get what you pay for. The premium price reflects the quality of service that they can provide to clients. That kind of service is a rarity, so it makes sense that they’re quite expensive.

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
    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.

Outsourced Ruby on Rails Development For Boutique Digital Agency

"They did everything with flawless precision."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Quick Left built a restaurant's loyalty program. The system links front-end interfaces with a database, processes registrations with two-factor authentication, and integrates with multiple APIs.

The Reviewer
 
1-11 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Kathryn Russell
Creative Technology Director, Xuma Communications
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Each element of Quick Left's work performed outstandingly. The team scaled to meet every project's scope, collaborated efficiently, and offered top-notch agile development skills and Ruby expertise. During the program transition, they provided exceptional documentation and continuous support.

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

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

We work in the advertising and marketing space. We’re a group of creatives, and we outsource all of our development because we have no technologists on staff. I basically head up our outsourcing tasks with developers.

What is your position?

I‘m the creative director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges that you were attempting to address when you initiated the relationship with Quick Left?

I’m going to be speaking a little bit on behalf of our restaurant client, but I’m going to try to keep that separate to what their initiatives and what ours were. Our own client had engaged us to help them rebuild their customer loyalty program. We needed to find a solution that would be more scalable and thus more stable for them. Their requirement list had grown quite a bit, and so we needed to find a partner that was able to deliver on all of those fronts, and then ultimately set them up for continued success once it was built.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of this project?

They weren’t necessarily starting from scratch because our own client had built a loyalty program that was straightforward. It was basically a frontend user interface linked to a core master database. We really needed to start over in terms of building our business roles and our requirements. We ended up building an application that could both store and persist data, and it had a robust authentication program for new registrants. We ended up going with two-factor authentication, so we had both email verification and phone verification procedures. They were really dealing with multiple APIs [application programming interfaces], and it ended up being very complex. We had nearly 500 requirements at the end of the day.

How did you select Quick Left as your solution partner for this endeavor?

I had heard really good things about them and had actually tried to engage them for some of our previous projects, but it never came to fruition. They have an outstanding reputation for being great problem solvers in addition to top-notch developers. We came to them through another recommendation even though we’d already heard of them before. The project coincided with a mobile app development. At the time, Quick Left didn’t have nearly the robust mobile capabilities as they do now. They focused more on core Web applications, not necessarily mobile apps. Because of that, we decided to delegate the mobile app to another vendor, and had Quick Left handle the Web component.

We invited their team to demonstrate their capabilities, and we ended up loving their approach and their philosophy. They perform really solid unit testing, which was important to us, because we’d had issues with launches in the past. We simply couldn’t afford to deal with that with this particular client.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this project in monetary terms?

I’m not sure if I would feel comfortable disclosing that information. But, I will say that we had a solid team of maybe two or three full-time developers who worked with us for about six months.

When was this project completed?

The first time we launched it was September of 2012, and then we continued making modifications until the fall of 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that might demonstrate the effectiveness of the work they’ve delivered?

They’re not keen on sharing that kind of detailed information, especially when it comes from another vendor. I will say that from our experiences working with them, it’s hard to give solid metrics. They were absolutely the most responsive team we’ve worked with. Everything we brought them, they figured out a way to make it happen with us on time, by bringing in new developers, adding to our team or taking away from our team, depending on the scope. They were extremely easy to work with. We had two tiers of QA that everything went through. All of their deliverables passed our QA with flying colors. I wouldn’t hesitate giving them more of our work.

When working with Quick Left, is there anything you’d consider special or unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

I was very impressed with the way that they partner with us. Often with developers, I’ve gotten the sense that it’s us versus them. That wasn’t the case at all. They were absolutely on the team. There was no animosity. They figured it out for us.

In terms of their style, they’re obviously a solid agile shop. The way they break everything down into unit testing was very impressive. I love that they are focused solely on Ruby. It made it very easy to augment our team when we needed them to.

In retrospect, are there areas you think they could improve upon as a service provider, or are there things you’d do differently as the client before initiating a project of this type with Quick Left?

Not anything on our end. There were a couple of things that I won’t go into that was unrelated to Quick Left. There’s a learning curve for understanding the architecture and our own client’s full set of needs. In terms of what they could improve on, we’ve actually gone through some headaches. I was bummed that we had to transfer the project to another vendor eventually, but their core focus isn’t maintenance, so they don’t offer it. That’s the only thing I would wish. But, that’s just not what their deal is because we got really used to working them.

The other thing I will say is that the transition process could not have gone more smoothly. They did everything with flawless precision. The documentation they provided to us was insanely detailed. They made themselves available for the new team at all hours. If anything arose, they were there on call.   

4.5
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