Your MVP Factory by Polyglot Programmers

Stepwise is a software house based in Warsaw, Poland.  We are specialists with expertise in:
- Cloud computing, Big Data, Business Intelligence, AI
- Business Apps (Backoffice, CRM)
- Custom Software development (BE, FE, UX, Test Automation)
- Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment

Why working with Stepwise?

- TIME TO MARKET reduction by applying: 
   - Agile approach for Software Development
   - Lean approach for Product Development

- Your MVP Factory by POLYGLOT PROGRAMMERS

- We AUTOMATE everything what's possible:
   - Continuous Integration/Continuous Development
   - Test Automation

- CULTURE of work:
   - excellent soft skills
   - we are NOT ONLY the coders
   - we are NOT MASS outsourcing house
   - transparency over all

How does it work for NEW CLIENTS:
1. Contact us
2. Video Call
3. Understand your Business/Technical needs
4. Pilot Phase - 10-20 days for you to recognize our skills
5. Target Project

We would be happy to get your idea make true :-) 

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2016
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Warsaw, Poland
headquarters
  • Stepwise
    Plac Bankowy 2
    Warsaw 00-095
    Poland
    +48507431560

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Clearvision - UK based company, Atlassian Platinium Solution Partner

Lecko - French, top provider of services and tools to drive digital transformation

Euro RTV AGD - one of the biggest e-commerces in Poland and Europe

Reviews

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Custom Dev for Management Consulting Firm

“We’re currently using the solution in our production environment and it’s perfect.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Stepwise created a custom web development solution for a small tech company, focusing on analyzing and modifying the existing code. They also write additional code for the Java Hub solution.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Paris, France
Simon Legroux
CTO, Lecko
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The custom solution is currently in use and is functioning very well, with no issues at present. The intense collaboration involved 10 days of daily reviews throughout which they maintained good attention to detail. The team is flexible and worked hard to understand the company’s work. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Lecko is a small company based in Paris. We work in digital information and teach companies how to use new collaboration tools. I lead the development team. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Stepwise?

We were trying to retrieve data from an enterprise social network called Yammer. The idea was to build a reliable web solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They took the existing software and analyzed the code to see where we can improve processes and other areas. When they finished that analysis, they told us what needed to be modified and did those modifications. They then wrote other code, which is better now than it was previously. It’s a native Java Hub running on a server.

What is the team dynamic?

There are 3 people on the team.

How did you come to work with Stepwise?

They sent us an email about their services. After a short interview, we decided to give them a small task to test their capabilities. It was very good and so we gave them this project.

How much have you invested with them?

5,000 euros [$5,930].

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

It's very functional. We’re currently using the solution in our production environment and it’s perfect. There’s nothing to improve. It’s a small part of a bigger project, but it’s working very well.

How did Stepwise perform from a project management standpoint?

It was a significant collaboration. We spent around 10 days making reviews every day to be sure we were going in a good direction. The project management was very light and was good because it was easy. We used Google Hangouts and Slack to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are adaptable. We are the only ones doing what we’re doing, and so they have had to understand our job and how we work.

Their price is also good. They’re from Poland which means they are very cheap compared to French developers. That’s a very good aspect to them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes we had trouble communicating because we use English and neither of our English is perfect. It was nothing that prevented us from working together. It’s not just something for them to improve because my English has to be improved too.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It might be a problem for many French companies because they’d have to speak in English.

Web Platform Dev for Atlassian Partner

“Stepwise successfully delivered the product half a month ahead of schedule.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - May 2017
Project summary: 

Using Groovy and Grails, Stepwise built a recruitment platform that connects freelance software developers and consultants with potential clients. The team helped clarify the project scope and did QA testing.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Southampton, England
Michael Wolff
Product Development Manager, Clearvision
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stepwise managed the project efficiently and expedited the product launch in time for a major event. The team recommended features that led to a robust platform. The collaboration was successful, thanks to Stepwise’s technical expertise, clear communication, and competitive pricing.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.  

I am the product manager and owner of ClearHub, which is a product of Clearvision. Clearvision is one of the largest Atlassian partners, delivering services and licensing support for all Atlassian products and tool sets. Clearvision is the trading company that we are operating under.

ClearHub works directly with a client, offering a full-service team when required. We're not a recruitment agency, but we do pick up freelancers who are available for contractual work. Our company has an existing process of finding people or getting experts that we have worked with in the past. We concentrate on projects around the globe that last for 3, 6, 9, 12 or even more months.

ClearHub is using the technical expertise of the Clearvision Professional Services. Clearvision’s credible and vast knowledge of Atlassian tools, allows ClearHub to support and upskill their contractors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Stepwise?

We needed a platform for marketing, and we also wanted to automate our services. The end goal was to create a platform similar to others out there in the market, like Upwork and Guru.com. We wanted to get as many Atlassian contractors as we could under the umbrella of ClearHub. The platform would help us deliver our services by upscaling them and training people.

There were a lot of challenges with product development. We wanted to create the simplest possible option. We had to work around some issues, such as the need to define the right programming language. One of our U.S. software architects helped us identify the best tool to use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Stepwise shared their knowledge and expertise. We already had a proof of concept on Ruby on Rails, but they identified that we wanted a more robust solution for the future. They were not Ruby on Rails experts, so we discussed using Groovy on Grails, which is a Java-based language. While I wanted to avoid using a Java language, Grails itself is based on Java so it was inevitable. Fortunately, it was a great solution. The timelines and roadmap we put together ticked all the boxes we wanted at that point.

We wanted to integrate other parts of the website, specifically Salesforce and Pardot. Connecting with Google Analytics is the simplest option, but our schedule and budget didn’t allow for it. We are still thinking of doing that for the second version of the existing MVP [minimum viable product] platform.

What is the team dynamic?

The key members from Stepwise were Radek and Rafal, who were software engineers. Kamil was the QA tester. Krzysztof, the Scrum master, assisted us as well. Internally, we also worked with Andrew, a software engineer from Clearvision. He had a PHP background, so Stepwise trained him on this specific language. They allowed Andrew to gain experience and knowledge around Grails, and it was a great opportunity to see how Stepwise operated.

How did you come to work with Stepwise?

We learned about Stepwise through one of our colleagues in the Clearvision office. As a business development person, he came across Stepwise through some work we were doing with clients in the territory.

We discussed if they could assist in creating a new web platform for ClearHub itself. We appreciated their technical skills, and their rates were also completely different from what we were looking at in the U.K. and the U.S.

What is the status of this engagement?

It was a three-month contract, from February to May 2017. The platform is live right now, and we completed it ahead of schedule. We're now using Stepwise as an outsourcing house in Poland.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

One of my biggest requirements was to create a robust application, and that's what they've delivered. I can confirm that we’ve never had issues. Until now, the website operates perfectly. I also requested that they deliver the product early so that we could use it in one of the largest events for Atlassian. Stepwise successfully delivered the product half a month ahead of schedule.

In the software development industry, it's never a good idea to go to production on a Friday, especially before a bank holiday weekend. Our relationship with Stepwise gave us the confidence to go to production on a Friday, sure that nothing would break over the weekend. Radic and Raphael are high-level software engineers, so we were crazy enough to do that before returning to the office the following Tuesday.

The most exciting thing part was that we got our first client six hours after the new website was launched. We still don't know how that person found ClearHub and how they landed on the website, but they went through the process, signed up, and requested a contractor. We were surprised about how nicely it all went through.

How did Stepwise perform from a project management standpoint?

We were in constant communication, so we knew that we were going to deliver on time. Time is money in the software development world. I don't want to waste anyone's time, and I don't want people to waste my time as well.

We communicated through Slack using three channels: a channel for next steps, a channel for development, and a channel for day-to-day details discussions as a team. We had sprint demos every Friday as well as weekly meetings. Occasionally, we also had important ad hoc conversations. As the product owner, I talked with them about next steps and defined stories, to see if we were going to move ahead with those.

What did you find most impressive about them?

From the beginning, we were impressed by how well they communicated as well as the transparent and direct relationship that we had. They were very helpful and open. It's always amazing when you put people from different backgrounds and languages together. We had great teamwork, and we were aligned professionally.

Stepwise delivered an end result that was better than what we wanted. The final product included stronger features that we didn't have in the initial scope. They also delivered earlier and with smarter features than we expected. We will definitely work with them again in the near future.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They're a startup company, so they don't have a huge capacity or an extreme amount of resources. They definitely need to expand their development team and have some more junior people. It's just a matter of clarifying their vision for their company and what they want to achieve in the near future.   

5.0
Overall Score We had a great relationship. However, they can still improve themselves into an even stronger corporation.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on time. Despite the craziness of going live on a Friday, only one 404 error came out. Other than that, we have never received any complaints about the operation of the platform.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would’ve preferred to spend less, but because of the complexity of the platform, they had specific rates. We could have gotten more for our money, but it was our decision since we avoid negotiation.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If there were any issues, they’d solve it immediately. Everything was absolutely spotless.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer Stepwise to anyone who would like to work with excellent professionals with a lot of knowledge about the industry and specific languages.