Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
Volanto was able to follow our scrum project methodology correctly. The team's English was impeccable, allowing me to have conversations at the same level as with someone in the U.S.
Our developer was good technically, having a good understanding of Objective-C. Sometimes, designs can't be implemented in a functional way, but Volanto's developer helped us find solutions and make adjustments when necessary.
How did Volanto perform from a project management standpoint?
On the project management end, Volanto was amazing. I felt at ease, which made the client feel at ease as well.
Volanto delivered within budget and on time almost every time. Any delays were communicated in advance, so there were no surprises. Following a Scrum methodology allowed us to be more flexible. Especially in the case of startups, clients can change their minds in terms of features to be implemented. We were able to reassess the most important features on a weekly basis, sticking to our timeline and budget. When something was out of scope, Volanto worked with us in creating new specs. We used Basecamp for tracking the project.
What did you find most impressive about Volanto?
Language skills were important. I've worked with companies based in India. Even though they spoke English, I could only convey 80 percent of what I wanted to say via spoken language. Cultural and technological differences played a role in those cases. Volanto was more aware of the American culture, so we didn't need to create 10-page emails explaining to them how to switch a text box with a checkbox. Volanto has a vast amount of technical expertise, so they were able to answer questions we had in areas other than mobile.
The time difference between New York and Poland was acceptable, compared to that between India and us, for example. This made Volanto practical to work with.
Are there any areas Volanto could improve?
Volanto could work on selling its services better, but there isn't anything besides this. I enjoyed working with Volanto. We each assumed our responsibilities, working with detailed designs and specifications.