Healthy teams build great software. We build both.

Each year, businesses around the world sink billions of dollars into web sites and apps that barely work, are a pain to deal with, and cost far too much to keep running. The software we write is different. Our software delivers on its promised value, is a joy to use, and isn't too painful to change and extend over its lifespan.

Test Double is a consulting agency whose top-tier developers are deployed as remote additions to our clients' teams. Our agents not only deliver quality software quickly, we help our clients improve in ways that will last long after we've left. If your team could use some extra help and you share our goal of improving how people write software, we'd love to talk to you!

 
$50,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Columbus, OH
headquarters
  • Columbus, OH
    United States

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Key clients: 

CircleCI

New Relic

Root Insurance

DNSimple

Orange Barrel Media

CoverMyMeds

ElectricAI

7Signal

Merchants Bonding

Roostify

Command Alkon

INN

Manta Media

Trōv

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Full Stack Ruby on Rails Dev for Media Agency Outsourcing

"We could always count on them being there."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Test Double provided staff augmentation to bring structure and expertise to an internal team working on a full-stack SaaS product. They were specifically involved with Ruby on Rails development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Columbus, Ohio
Alan Gilbert
SVP of Engineering, Orange Barrel Media
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

High-quality deliverables, professionalism, and stellar time management are highlights of their work. Test Double’s willingness to work overtime when issues arise and the availability of their top-level developers who catch on quickly during projects make them the preferred partner for future work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior VP of engineering for Orange Barrel Media, a media agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Test Double?

We were looking for help with development. We had acquired a product line, and there was a team that was already working on it, but they didn’t have the necessary expertise or structure to develop a full-stack fully scaled software as a service (SaaS) product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

By hiring Test Double, we brought in some expertise, structure, and discipline to the team that was already in place. They helped us get the team where we needed it to be to bridge the gap until we were able to recruit and hire our own.

The product is a sidewalk kiosk for big cities. In the kiosk itself, we run Ubuntu Linux with a Chrome browser that runs JavaScript applications. On the backend, we’re using Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

Their co-founder acted as the project manager to help stabilize things. When I ended up joining Orange Barrel Media, I took over that role and worked directly with two of Test Double’s software developers.

How did you come to work with Test Double?

They were already on board when I began working at Orange Barrel Media, but I had worked with them during my time with another company where we used them for staff augmentation. I originally met one of their co-founders when I was building a previous team, but he was already busy trying to form his own company. We got to know each other, and, ultimately, ended up working together in more of a contractor/client relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October 2017–May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work was high-quality and very professional. We go back to them because of the results they deliver.

How did Test Double perform from a project management standpoint?

From a project management perspective, with me as project manager, they were good to work with and managed their time well. When needed, they’d work late and long hours when there was a customer issue. We could always count on them being there.

We used a pretty typical agile framework with sprints about every two weeks. We used Pivotal Tracker for our workflow management and communicated through email, Slack, GitHub, and Zoom.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They provide qualified staff augmentation; you can get top-rate developers that merge with internal staff and come up to speed pretty quickly. Sometimes we needed more bandwidth, and they were able to provide that for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should be careful as to not dilute their quality as they grow. It’s hard to expand and continue to offer the same expertise.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure to establish the desired relationship with them up front. Know project needs and communicate that with them before starting the collaboration. This holds true whether you're strong in your practices but need staff augmentation, or you're a company that does not have a lot of experience with software development and need process and project management.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer