Our vetted providers can build a gamut of software and IT solutions, be it a site, webshop, ERP system, app, etc., in any technology. You might have already a well-defined project or equally you may have just a project or business idea that you want to discuss. In case of the latter, our experts will help you define and scope the project. Projects may be of one-off type but also may evolve into long-term engagements. Our teams might also augment already running projects. In general, Ekipa facilitates projects of at least 250 hours.
There are two ways to do it:1. If you already have a well-defined (specified) project, you can directly browse teams and search the one that, in your opinion, suit your needs best. Alternatively, you can always select Discuss Your Project option and request assistance from Ekipa’s experts to help you select one (Talk to us)2. If you have a roughly defined project or business idea, Discuss Your Project with one of Ekipa’s expert (highly recommended) who will help you pin down the project spec and select the team. In any case, Ekipa may propose a selection of up to 3 teams. All teams on Ekipa are vetted (thoroughly screened). This way we significantly increase project success chances. We will match you with teams that have built similar solutions for a business like yours. The team proposal we make will contain:
Your Ekipa expert stays engaged during the selection and collaboration process.
Generally, you are contracting a provider i.e. you will sign an agreement directly with a selected provider. To ensure both parties communicate well and deliver on commitments, payments will be processed through Ekipa’s escrow service. It means that you will transfer (regular periodical amounts) funds to Ekipa and command Ekipa to release the funds to your providers, subject to deliveries agreed in your contract (with the provider). For this, you will sign an Escrow Agreement with Ekipa. This way, you can ensure timely delivery from your provider. Also, your provider is protect from ‘accounts receivables’ problem.
How do I collaborate with my remote team?You can agree on your specific collaboration requirements directly with a provider. Ekipa is also here for you to help. We will support you by providing our unique Ekipa Method, with which you can manage your remote team as if they are sitting next to you.
We promote agile way-of-working and most of our teams apply agile methods (e.g. scrum) to deliver your projects. Typically, projects looks as follows:
DesignYour team will develop an architecture as well as functional design that will drive the development process
(Agile)DevelopmentYour team will apply scrum (agile methodology) to deliver your project. You will have frequent (i.e. bi-weekly) deliveries and you will be able to manage the backlog through the entire project
Application LifeCycle ManagementNo application is still and will require changes (with changing market and business conditions). Agree with your team how you manage those changes
In a workshop, we determine the software development process, responsibilities, coding standards, communication rythm, performance metrics and tools. With clear expectations and a communication roadmap, your project is off for a strong start.
Your Ekipa expert is always there to discuss any concerns you have about your project.
Your Ekipa expert will do a weekly (Skype) process call with you to ensure that the communication with your remote team goes smooth and your project stays on track.
Every day at a fixed time, you will do a 5-10 minutes (Skype) call with your remote team to discuss what they did yesterday, what they will do today and where they are stuck.
Usually, you will sign a contract directly with a provider. However, in some specific cases, you might want to opt for Ekipa local representative signing the agreement (then they subsequently contract the provider). Ekipa invoices you and keeps money in escrow until you accept the deliverables (Escrow Agreement). If anything in the collaboration with your remote team bothers you, Ekipa expert will mediate the resolution.
Our standard service Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) ensures that all property rights stay with you. All providers signing for Ekipa automatically agree on these Terms and Conditions.
Ekipa expert will do a weekly process call with you and the provider. In this meeting we determine what went well what went less well. Also, you will have agreed on the deliveries schedule (e.g. bi-weekly). To maximize your satisfaction with timely deliveries Ekipa applies: - Ekipa method - Ekipa expert involvement - Escrow mechanism