What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We wanted a working demo with some functionality by the new year, and the product successfully made sound by Christmas. Within two and a half months, we could hear it was going to work. The initial set of work was set out in an extremely concentrated way which was great.
The first phase is being used as a demo, but we're refining and extending the technology. Currently, it's on hold as we wait for funding to come in. I intend to continue working with SingleMind for a significant amount of time.
During the first three demos, the person turned around and said they had goosebumps. Anyone using the demo should have goosebumps. SingleMind continues to exceed any measurable metric we give them.
How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?
Their performance is exemplary. The lines of communication are always clear, and they are extremely responsive. No one has ever turned around and said they couldn't do something. They always come back with a solution, cost, schedule, and clear breakdown of the work involved. All I need is transparency and clarity about information and deadlines, and they've hit everything.
Their project management is personal, and I don't feel like they're working on anything else. I have their full attention when I need it. I have all the information I need about what they do, where they are, and what it costs.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They've gone far beyond the brief, and put in more energy and imagination than the budget would normally command. They've assured us that our project is great. In a way, they've become partners rather than contractors. I wasn’t expecting that, but it has been one of the best things.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
To get the most from them, take them information about what you want to achieve rather than how you expect they'll do it. The reason we work so well together is because I told them which results I was looking for and what I was going to put into it. They're great at envisioning the complex connection between those two things. They were hungry for the diagrams and technical information, and they understand the effect that we want this to have.
The other thing that helps it work is the fact that I'm prepared to spend face-to-face time with them mapping it out. That helps everyone understand what we want and how we're going to achieve it. We don't get frustrated because we know exactly who they are. We've seen them work, which is important for us. It was great to spend time hacking out ideas and ensuring they would work.