What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
It was good for us to work with Theodo. We could've done a better job looking at the customer profiles, but having a live product encouraged us to better prioritize and fix those things.
Their team was pivotal in training and teaching us in agile development. They were helpful partners in learning about how we wanted the structure to be and the culture we wanted to be exhibited within our engineering team.
How did Theodo perform from a project management standpoint?
I trusted Theodo. Their team was committed and passionate, communicating on a daily basis. They had a lot of conversations with our project directors. Every week, we had a face-to-face planning session with their developers, along with the daily work they did with their team. While we saw each other twice a week, the other times, we communicated via Slack and with a regular video call every morning. We were always kept in the loop.
Their team had a great process and system. If there was any danger of missing a deadline, they were strict in explaining why and what for. I was always pretty confident working with their team when it came to that. Overall, they were excellent at keeping us accountable for the work that we’re doing and making sure that what we do is valuable.
In the earlier days, the culture that they brought was helpful in regards to training our team for a speedy delivery. Theodo’s legacy lives on in our company.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Their developers became invested in the work. They care, not only from a technical angle but also from a business angle. While they consider it from a different perspective, their team likes to see the project through. Theodo is an intelligent group that takes an interest in what the customers want or what the market says. They’re not just developers for hire because they take real ownership.
I also appreciate that they don’t hide problems. They hold themselves and my team accountable. Their team takes any feedback and delivers constructive opinions in return. They also love a challenge.
Are there any areas they could improve?
It would’ve been nice to have a bit more support from Theodo on areas outside of pure development, like information security. I do believe they have more people that work in that area now, but they didn’t when we started working with them.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Clients need to consider what they actually need. Theodo will challenge you to make sure that what you’re delivering is what you need. They try to cut out unnecessary things. Be prepared to explain your requirements. Have deadlines and deliverables in place. If a customer hasn’t decided what their project is, Theodo can assist with that as well.