What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We measured the output in terms of deadline adherence—whether a task was completed within the given time frame. I wouldn’t say that they always delivered on time, but we never know what cases we might come across during a software development project. Everyone from their side was helpful and hardworking. If we had a delay, they would pick up the pace. I never had any issues to bring up.
In terms of quality of work and of code, I would give them an 8/10, based on the bugs that appeared later on. We had a few issues where they had to roll back changes and complete fixes. This was in part because we didn’t have an automated QA tester. We were a small team and there were only developers on their side. They tested the work alongside me. We sometimes released items to production that were not ready to go to production. We had to go back, fix them, and release again.
How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?
Most of the time, they assigned project managers or leaders from their side. Those kept changing, for some reason. I would work with one person for a couple of months, after which they would be changed. However, it didn’t really create many problems. I would communicate with their project leader to explain the requirements, and they communicated with the developers. The developers were included in a Skype group, where they could ask any questions they had and I would answer. We didn’t have any issues with communication.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their skill level was different than that of developers from my own country, India. One of the reasons for choosing them was that they were more knowledgeable and knew about the latest developments in Ruby on Rails. They were able to suggest any necessary upgrades, which is not very common among Indian developers. They were very aware of the latest trends.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They would provide us timesheets, detailing how many hours they’d worked for, and what tasked they’d finished. I had to ask for details for specific jobs, on many occasions. We had a few discussions regarding timesheets where the tasks were not clearly mentioned.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
Since we always outsourced our work, and we used multiple agencies, it would be hard for me to think about Sloboda in particular. If someone is from India, I would definitely recommend a company like Sloboda to them, specifically if they are looking for Ruby on Rails developers.