What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We were afraid that a small company wouldn’t be able to engage with a customer who has a lot of experience in the field, because they can be quite responsive and demanding. Our team is composed of both senior and junior developers, including one senior and junior from Revolve. This is a perfect match, and the team works incredibly well by being able to educate and balance each other. The overall quality of the project is really good.
We have a monthly evaluation call with our client, and most of the opinions and improvements are directed at the team in Germany instead of the one in Poland. The team performance and quality are both very high, and we are pleased because we expected lower than what we actually received.
How did Revolve perform from a project management standpoint?
The project is quite easy to manage through Slack. There is one product owner from Germany who is managing both the team there and the one in Poland. There is no formal project manager. They’re using a Scrum framework and getting some arrangement estimations for Sprint planning. They’re currently working in two Sprints, and the initial period was located in Germany. Both teams spent some time in Stuttgart to get on track and to really dive into the project.
I am not the product owner of this project, but as far as I know, most of the modules and tasks are delivered by the deadlines and are good quality. There are some improvements around development speed from both the Polish and German teams, but none of it is critical.
We see requests from the customer asking if the team can work a bit more in terms of sliding hours because they start work from 9 AM-5 PM, and normally, our team works from 8 AM-4 PM. There was easy migration and prolongation of hours, and we meet the client’s expectations because we work in almost the same time zone and environment. We are parallel in that sense, and we act as a copy of what is happening in Germany. The team there is doing quite well, and there have been no issues. It’s been a really good partnership because we don’t have to worry that the team isn’t meeting expectations beyond the technical stack of the project.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I only met the people from Revolve once in person when we began discussing the development team and management. They are a small company that is hungry for projects and desires knowledge from the external market. They are also responsive and committed. They excel in task specialty because they are working on a variety of projects. They are working for a Polish client, an external client, and a variety of others, all of which involves a wide array of tasks. They are skilled people, and I don’t have any problems trying to explain things to them. I really appreciate everything their team offered to this project.
Are there any areas they could improve?
The legal process is a challenge for a small organization like Revolve. Things like templates could be improved a bit more, but I also understand they are a startup and need more experience in the market. Their size also may be an issue, and although it’s perfect for them, it’s not easy to scale up. I would like to see them keep up with development, get good people and projects from the market, and try to improve their internal processes regarding operation with clients. They could also work on gathering everything to bring to market level, which again, isn’t their problem specifically, but more a problem with small companies in general.