What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They successfully completed the project. We were able to sell our MVP to a third-party consumer and achieve first revenue. We were also able to achieve recurring revenue. They built a scalable solution that allowed us to not only test product market fit but also generate revenue in the meantime. That is a testament to the quality that Vertical Motion put out. They met their deliverables and timelines. It was positive overall.
How did Vertical Motion perform from a project management standpoint?
Once the project started, we set up a system that, every couple days, we would revisit progress to date, issues, or hurdles that we encountered and address decisions that needed to be made.
They went above and beyond the normal standard model. They allowed us to have a team take the initiative and develop it. We set out from the start to make it feel as though we were on the same team working together with open communication. Jason was great at being the quarterback for the flow of conversation. If we needed to talk to somebody on the team, those communication channels were open and available at any time. We were open to sit in on daily and weekly sprint meetings when required or if requested. Vertical Motion always promptly addressed any interaction. They were the right people to work with. They didn’t treat us like the traditional client. The treated us as team members, which was critically important in our situation. We were all in it together figuring out the most efficient way to do it. They were open and receptive to collaboration.
Our design team and their development team worked together, at times under the same roof, and at times through Skype, Google Hangouts, or Slack.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I liked their holistic approach. They want you and your project to succeed. They work with you to try and find the right way to make the product and project work. They utilize and leverage their past experiences. Vertical Motion helped us come up with a product and project that is successful and workable going forward. They delivered a level of trust that any company looking to take on a third-party consultancy should hold in the highest regard. They did a stellar job. Everything from communications to managing our expectations to the delivery of the product was impressive. They exceeded all expectations.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Give them the opportunity to present what they can bring to the table. Be open and receptive to their ideas, proposals, and wealth of knowledge and experience in the development and technology space. In our experience, Jason would tell us something, and we’d come back a couple weeks later and tell him he was right. If you can shorten that learning loop and listen to them the first time, it would be greatly beneficial.