What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
About the Code simplified the dashboard and made an MVP that is easy for the client to modify and maintain in-house—a vital concern to our client. Their code quality was phenomenal, and I’d call the engagement a huge success.
How did About the Code perform from a project management standpoint?
Their project manager performed well; I have no concerns about their process. About the Code delivered within the time and budget constraints of the project. The team acquired all necessary information and took the initiative in deciding the project’s direction once we brought them in. We communicated with them daily with a 5–15-minute standup where we went over progress and addressed any roadblocks. The meetings took place via phone and involved occasional screensharing as needed. We also tracked progress with Jira, which I found valuable.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I appreciated About The Code's initiative. They helped us figure out exactly what we needed and where we were struggling before starting the development. The team then carried out work using an agile methodology which allowed me to focus on more critical tasks.
Are there any areas they could improve?
On occasion, About the Code missed deadlines, but they are improving their time estimates. There also occasionally were language barrier issues, but they always made sure to bring in the right people to meetings so everyone could understand each other.
Any advice for potential customers?
Meet with them every day. I found it valuable to hand off a task to their team late in the day; they can work on it overnight and then you can pick it up in the morning. Be prepared with project management tools in advance as well.