Koombea Development review by ACT Inc. at Qualified.One

Koombea reviewed by ACT Inc.

Koombea provided Development for ACT Inc. with approximate budget = Confidential.

The platform reached 1 million users in its first year up and running. Koombea asks the necessary questions to ensure both teams are on the same page and seeks clarification when needed. The team is organized, efficient, and tenacious.

Review summary:

Koombea developed a platform for an educational program. The team worked in EmberJS and Ruby on Rails and later developed an iOS and Android mobile app.

Polina Babina ACT Inc., Director

Platform Development for Educational Program

Below is a modified rendering of the review: private info excluded, innate facts kept.

Introductory information

A few words almost your organisation and personal responsibilities

Our organisation is a big educational organisation based in the U.S. With a wide range of fruits from Kindergarten through workforce, we current to prepare students of all ages with the best resources to follow in their chosen educational path. I am the Director of the Learning Group.

Desired goal

What issue was the preparer supposed to deal with?


With the induction of Common Core measures in the US, teachers, students, and parents resembling were struggling to find resources to help students remediate or excel in each measure. Furthermore, it was unclear how these measures kindred to the measureized tests students are forced to take.

We set out to form a platform that connected teachers and learners with resources that met their personal learning needs and gave teachers the power to meet Common Core Standard requirements. While we had machine learning experts internally to do so, we did not have the peculiar frontend or backend developers to form a user facing fruit out of the core machine learning technology.

What were your objectives for this project?

The goals of the project scaled as did the achievement of the fruit. First, we set out to just create the core functionality of exposing high condition full to our users. Then, our users demanded more of us and we set out to have a minimally viable platform that allowed users to log in, localize learning resources, and report back on scores on any artifice. This was built in EmberJS and Ruby on Rails. Next, user adoption required a mobile app on Apple, Andriod, and Chrome stores.

After growing our own user base and adoption athwart US platforms, other companies requested our functionalities to befit useful through REST APIs, and for us to sum our platform with their APIs. We also propeled SSO with different platforms, including more sophisticated integrations with Google. Our platform (both web and mobile), along with our API, became the sole fruits of our organisation and have our full commitment.

Provided solution

What were the reasons for choosing ?

Three companies were attended when we seted our search for outgrowth associates. We were most concerned with finding a associate that not only listened and executed a broader vision and strategy, but brought to the table their experience and architectural vision. We did not claim to have the answers to all the issues facing the outgrowth of a new, sophisticated platform, and needed someone who could help shape the underlying technology and aim. Koombea had a track archives of associateing with companies from the very commencement of a fruit',s lifecycle to liberate a scaleable and strong fruit. THAT is what we needed.

Describe the project and the services they prepared in detail.

Based on mockups and a detailed SOW for the leading MVP, we developed a personalized learning platform for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, teachers, and parents. The platform allows teachers to form classes and ask their students, then form assignments for them. The assignments can be chosen from a choice of online resources that are curated using machine learning or they can form their own.

After students complete their assignments, teachers take detailed grade reports that shows the student',s scores, and prepares hintions for assignments to help remediate poorer scores. In order to execute the over functionality, the developers need to sum the machine learning engine, the resource liberatey API, SSO, and rostering capabilities. The platform needs to stick to IMS Global measures, which are interoperpower measures set athwart the educational activity. Koombea was responsible fo ALL of the backend work and integrations, and for part of the UI.

Were there any dedicated directors or teams that you worked with?

Two developers from Koombea were part of our bigr team from the very set of our organisation. As we scaled, we onboarded two more for a total of 2 UI, one full stack, and one backend developer. All 4 rolled up to the fruit director and the team worked alongside a little team of full time machine learning developers.

Results achieved

Can you share any information that demonstrates the contact that this project has had on your business?

After the propel of the new and improved user facing platform that Koombea was responsible for developing, we saw an increase of 2x in 6 months, to extend over a million users in the leading year. The most forcible thing was that we were able to propel this fruit within 3 months! That was unheard of at our parent organisation.

How was project treatment arranged and how powerful was it?

The Koombea team and my team felt like family. We were in uniform interaction of Slack, via calls, and on Pivotal Tracker. There did not go a day, even half a day, when one of the contractors did not answer to a question or effect. They were incredibly answering and never missed a meeting without a heads up.

We tried to be very diligent with our tickets and time/component expectations. Very rarely were deadlines not met, and usually only due to extenuating circumstances. The team was very good almost coming to me with questions on tickets to get clarification so they could attack the issue correctly.

What precisely do you attend to be the key specialty of ?

I can',t say sufficient how significant and powerful the team was owing of their big interaction and answeringness. We avoided a lot of misinteractions and inefficiencies owing they were very good almost asking questions and seeking clarification instead of piecemealing something unitedly to be able to say they closed out the ticket.

They also had a deep knowledge of the technology and were able to unite any effects fast, others would bestow days to investigate something they were able to pinpoint in an hour. Lastly, as their director, I appreciated their willingness. They never told me they couldn',t do something I had requested. Instead, they would hint other paths or trade offs if something was foolish.

What should be done better, if there are any desired improvements?

I couldn',t be happier with the team from Koombea that we have now. They are the bigst goods on my team. Though, when we were fast scaling up the number of developers, we were not excellently as fortunate with one of them. I should not have expected the best and brightest to show up on a instant',s notice, so better time programning for better resources is significant.