INTERVIEWED BY APPFUTURA ON JUN 20, 2017
Introduce yourself and your business.
David Anderson, I run Sherpapps. For a few years now, my wife and I have been building mobile apps using various contractors. I have been in tech for 27 years, so quite a long time.
I am self-funded. We own and run medical spa - we do botox and cosmetic procedures. This is actually what funds my tech ventures. I am constantly working in future ideas.
What was your project about?
This app is part of a larger strategy to combine a number of popular apps into one. This will then serve one vertical which is girls/female audience.
As far as the photo sharing Instagram-like app, it is actually part of a larger project called “Pynk”, a messaging platform just for girls. It is focused on girls, primarily for security reasons. A place for girls to be able to chat with their girl friends without the interference of the male factor.
This is just the start of building app that platform. We will be adding other things to it in the future.
In summary, the project was about replicating Instagram: take and edit photos, some messaging featured and sharing and social aspect. It was about replicating some of the functionality of Instagram focused on the female audience.
What was the scope you assigned to AppInventiv?
They did everything we needed. Because I have been in software for a long time, I usually do initial wireframe sketches and some amount of actual wireframing. Even building my own prototype.
In the case of Appinventiv, they were able to pick up and take on a lot of that pre-planning. I just gave them wireframe sketches and they took it from there. They then proceeded to design and code the app.
You met AppInventiv on AppFutura. What led you to hiring them over the other candidates?
I have developed my own intuitive sense over the years just looking at the proposals that come in, doing a quick scan and seeing how long they have been in business and the work they have done.
My project was just an initial phase. It had enough complexity to figure out who to work with in the long run. I did my due diligence and narrowed the list to a few. There were different candidates being considered but I eventually had to go with my gut as well.
It does not always turn out well, but in the case of AppInventiv, it did.
How was their project management?
Excellent. I had a reference app (Instagram), not so much a full spec for the project. They did a great job on the project management side from listing all functionalities needed and then on to the actual work.
Even when working with local developers, there is always communication gaps. That is always the challenge in any offshoring project. It was a challenge at first, but they did a great job to clarify we were all in the same page. Whenever there was a gap in communication, they would always take responsibility and rectify it so we could move forward. That is a huge thing.
Was the budget and the time as agreed on? Were there any surprises?
There were no surprises. I always take responsibility for things taking longer than projected because I went in with more of an open than predefined project.
To me, that is how development works. You have an idea and a spec, but it rarely stays on that spec. I didn’t try to stick to a timeframe and they kept it within the budget, even though the budget went over. They did not charge me extra.
Was their expertise as you expected? Did they require any training?
No training. Most bugs were resolved within 24 hours, which was really nice. There was some more complex things that sometimes went longer, but nothing was out of line.
The only thing that would be nice, not just AppInventiv but everyone, would be for this companies to have a better built-in QA. I ended up doing more of that that I’d like.
What would you say is the best about AppInventiv?
They were open, honest and transparent. They accepted responsibility, even when it wasn’t necessarily their fault.
If I had to narrow it down to one thing, I would say their willingness to make me happy as a client.
Any areas you feel AppInventiv could improve on?
It’s always communication. It was not about getting back to me, but just something that happens when having communication abroad. There are always language barriers.
You have had a good experience with an Indian company. What would you say to people that are weary to work with companies in India based on negative feedback they have received?
I feel that a lot of times it is more about the inexperience of the person hiring them. I have been doing this for a long time. I have worked with developers in the US with whom you can’t get things done either. Hide extended review
If someone had a bad experience in India and a good experience in Russia, then go hire a Russian developer.
However, if you have your first experience with an Indian developer and it was actually your first outsourcing at all, nobody wants to hear this, but you might need to get educated to be able be successful in it.