What’s the story of your IT product? Did you start with a clever idea that scaled faster than your team? Sometimes the demand for new skills and technologies in your company may interfere with the pace you can achieve. The story of LUSID goes exactly like this – the lack of front-end developers and product designers kept interrupting the engineering work. Find out how Code & Pepper stepped on board and filled in the missing piece in the puzzle in the nearshore IT outsourcing model.
LUSID is an independent project launched by Finbourne, a business asset management platform. It’s an advanced business intelligence solution that streamlines the data analysis and processing so that companies can discover and utilise the insights lying in their assets. By reducing operating costs and facilitating data integration from multiple sources, businesses gain an opportunity to optimise their performance and use the best strategies.
The team involved in LUSID consists of experts in data processing who came up with an outstanding technical solution, but the problem lay in the lack of web and design team who could frame their technology in a user-friendly web interface. The existing one didn’t meet the expectations and required a total makeover. Code & Pepper stepped in with an independent team to design the new interface of the platform and implement it using Angular. The cooperating teams were located in Poland and the UK, which required fluent communication and smart project management.
Solutions for LUSID
Product design taken to the next level
The interface for applications such as LUSID requires high precision and understanding the domain knowledge related to asset management. The team behind the asset management API in LUSID has dealt perfectly well with the technical aspects of the platform, but they found it much harder to build the customer-facing part of the application. The team were lacking experience and skills in product design. We started off with one product designer and product owner to fill the skill gap. In time, the project evolved and a UI/UX designer joined the team.
Scrum project management for hassle-free cooperation
When done wisely, nearshore IT outsourcing is an efficient formula for software product development. With LUSID, we started off with a meeting in person and established clear project management patterns within the Scrum methodology. With changing processes, product progress and new members, Scrum streamlined the communication between Code & Pepper and the client and gave everyone the possibility to adapt the software development process to the current status and needs. Even though the teams are located in the UK and a couple of cities in Poland, the current project management practices eliminate communication obstacles.
The only constant thing is change – dynamic teams
When the cooperation got started, Code & Pepper assigned two developers to implement the new product concepts and designs in LUSID. It turned out this was only the beginning – the redesigned product required more man power. Thanks to the surefire team augmentation formula, we were able to support the client with additional team members shortly. As a consequence, the Finbourne team realised their structure needed changes as well. By hiring a web development expert who could focus solely on communication and collaboration with Code & Pepper, the work moved even faster and more efficiently.
We have used a variety of skill sets provided by Code & Pepper including UX design, development. We have also found using their Scrum process to be very beneficial to measuring the progress of the project. We are happy to recommend Code & Pepper as a partner.
Thomas McHugh Founder and director