Remote Tech Team Assembly

YouTeam is a community of small-to-medium technology providers; development and design agencies based in Europe - catering predominantly to startups, product companies and other types of SMEs in need of world-class software engineering services.

Are you looking for an engineer with a specific skillset and having a hard time to find her? We offer a unique process of tech team assembly & extension through the YouTeam Marketplace, which leverages dynamic availability information across our exclusive talent pool. Our clients can access engineer profiles, connect with and interview them before signing up for a service, thus vastly improving the decision-making process as well as future collaboration.

Effortless matching with the most relevant available specialist is just one aspect of our approach. Being a UK-based company, we provide a safe legal framework and payment terms, including transparent hourly/monthly rates, short billing cycles and a 14-day money back guarantee.

YouTeam is making software outsourcing more scalable, open and trustworthy.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • YouTeam
    4 floor, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street
    London
    United Kingdom
    +44 020 3858687878
other locations
  • YouTeam
    Horodotska Street 225
    Lviv 79041
    Ukraine
    +44 020 3858687878

Portfolio

Key clients: 

SuperCarers, Q9 Elements, Tide Banking, Projectfusion, VPAR, Integro, Candesic, GCCovertSecurity, JustGiving, PizzaExpress.

Reviews

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Platform Development for Online Book Retailer

"As soon as I started talking to them, YouTeam adopted a hands-on approach."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Feb. 2016
Project summary: 

YouTeam developed an online bookstore company website from scratch, then updated the website’s landing page based on customer feedback and usage. They also provided startup business advice and guidance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Piers Karpinski
Founder & CEO, Areobooks, Ltd.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new landing page had a significant impact on the website and has received positive feedback. YouTeam’s physical proximity helped them develop a personable, yet professional, working relationship. The team provided industry expertise and efficient, interactive project management.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Areobooks is an online bookstore. I am the owner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with YouTeam?

We needed to build a company website from scratch. At that stage, the company was more of a seed in my mind, so YouTeam didn't have many details on which to base their work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

YouTeam built my website from scratch. I also worked with YouTeam in the first quarter of 2016 on updating my website, based on customer feedback and our own usage of it. We wanted to make a few tweaks to it, most of them cosmetic. We focused on making the homepage and blog more interactive and interesting. It was a small, discrete project, but the benefit that we got from it came from the level of understanding that YouTeam acquired for the Areobooks website. This made the process easier.

Our website was built using Python and Django. The templates have been posted on GitHub, so I can evaluate YouTeam's work at any time. Their expertise is much greater than mine, so I don't have a need to do it.

We have various online repositories where information and workflows are pulled. YouTeam posts queries which I can answer directly. We used InVision for sharing designs. YouTeam's designers created wireframes which I could comment on. I found this to be a good way of finalizing designs.

We have worked with a project manager from YouTeam. He acted as the conduit between me and the actual designers and developers. Typically, we've worked with 2 frontend and 2 backend developers simultaneously.

Our latest project only had one designer, one frontend and one backend developer, as well as a project manager.

How did you come to work with YouTeam?

I got in touch with 2-3 London-based vendors for quotes. I picked YouTeam mostly because they were much more enthusiastic about the project. As soon as I started talking to them, YouTeam adopted a hands-on approach. Project plans were put together before we were charged any costs, just to create a scope that could help me get a better idea of YouTeam's capabilities and pricing. Compared to the 2 other vendors, YouTeam was much more impressive, convincing me to choose them. I think that I was one of the earliest clients of YouTeam, so they didn't have the same depth of references that they have now. The decision to use YouTeam was made by comparing them directly to the other candidates.

How much have you invested with YouTeam?

Our first project with YouTeam had a cost of $32,000, [25,000 GBP] while the second one was $7,000 [5,000 GBP].

What is the status of this engagement?

We started building the scope of the project with YouTeam at the end of January, 2015. We've moved into a slightly different phase. YouTeam's primary market consists of startups, so they've provided a bit of advice on our business trajectory, acting as more than web developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We updated our landing page earlier in 2016. The changes were more cosmetic and I provided guidance in terms of how everything should look, with considerable support from YouTeam. We've had a lot of positive feedback for the new page. Given its importance for the whole website, it made a huge difference.

How did YouTeam perform from a project management standpoint?

Our first project was slightly larger and ended up going slightly over budget and taking a bit longer than anticipated. This was in large part due to changes made to the scope. We didn't make large modifications but, because we were building something from scratch, the outsets couldn't be anticipated. For our second project with YouTeam, we actually came in under budget. It was nice to see that this is actually possible. Time-wise, YouTeam also performed well.

Besides using a project management tool, we had update calls with YouTeam on a regular basis. Depending on how busy we were at each stage of the project, we had team calls once every fortnight. Any discrete queries were communicated through Skype.

What did you find most impressive about YouTeam?

I got along with the team really well. Because YouTeam has a London office, we went out for beers a number of times, in order to catch up. On one hand, we pay them as professionals to provide a service, but it's great to be able to go out, have a beer and relax. It made our relationship with YouTeam so much nicer.

Are there any areas YouTeam could improve?

YouTeam could consider being more regimented in terms of updates. If a project is running for 3-4 months, having a weekly diary that everyone sticks to, making sure that things don't slip, would be important. We had update calls, but we didn't have a weekly timeslot, which meant that we had to synchronize everyone involved every time. It's a minor point, which didn't cause any lapses, though.

5.0
Overall Score The fact that YouTeam was so enthusiastic and we had such a good relationship made a big difference.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We hit all deadlines, but I would have appreciated more feed-back from YouTeam.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    YouTeam provided high-quality service, but what really made them stand out was the enthusiasm shown by the team. YouTeam jumped at the idea and even made me more enthusiastic about the whole process.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer