What was the scope of their involvement?
Very helped us from start to finish on the competition platform, which included the visual identity and the CMS [Content Management System]. They helped us understand the kind of information we needed, how it needed to flow, and what the interaction between the applicants, judges, and different user profiles would look like.
They gave us advice and options in terms of cost and complexity. They tailored the platform to our needs as we worked through the process. In the end, we got an online platform that is fully customizable from our side. We like the look-and-feel of it, and it’s a comprehensive solution that’s tailored exactly for our needs.
They have a very rigorous process in how we engage with them, which is very helpful in terms of getting the results we need. The domain expertise and methodology has been very useful for us, and their experts understand our subject matter.
They used Ruby for the platform framework, and we’ve been through a number of phases with them. Working in sprints worked well because we were able to complete what was needed for the first year’s competition. We’ve also been able to improve the platform over time, so we’re happy with their process and flexibility.
What is the team dynamic?
In the beginning, we had some very strategic guidance from Very's senior management team, which included their CEO, COO, as well as some of their chief strategists and design resources. There were three people who were overseeing the project from start to finish.
We worked in sprints with a team of five on the actual project, including one project manager, two designers, and two developers.
How did you come to work with Very?
I found them through our network of friends based on the context of what we were trying to do. I didn’t know any of the team beforehand. A shared contact had used them and was very happy with their work.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent between $50,000-$200,000 on the first stage of the project, and more than $200,000 overall.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Very in September 2014. The project has gone through four major iterations, and we’re still working with them on different applications.