What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
I’m very happy with what they delivered. There’s always more that can be done, but the quality is quite good.
How did Red Panthers perform from a project management standpoint?
Their developers supplemented my team, so I handled most of the project management. A representative of Red Panthers did check in with us occasionally to bring the developers up to speed and see how things were progressing. However, he wasn’t assigned to the project in any way.
We used Slack as a communication tool and it worked out well. Communication with one team member was slightly difficult, but that person is less experienced than the rest of the team. I’d reach out to Red Panthers if something wasn’t getting delivered correctly and they’d quickly resolve the problem. They’re quite responsive in that way.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their developers are incredibly analytical and capable of proper software development. I could throw complex problems at them or assign loosely defined solutions and they’d go through the whole process and come back with questions. They didn’t need to be heavily managed, which impressed me considering they’re a small business. Furthermore, they submitted timesheets to a program that took a snapshot of the developer’s screen every five minutes. This transparency built trust. Ultimately, the code they delivered was adequately tested, especially the backend.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They should consider how to better unit test frontends, as it’s very important. If they want to do a great job, their consultants should take the lead in the future. Additionally, if I scaled up the project to four or five developers, I’d likely need access to a senior staff member to coordinate them. I didn’t face this issue, but it’s something for them to consider as the company continues to grow.