Invafresh is an industry leading provider of software for grocery companies and fresh food retailers. Their solutions are offered as both a SaaS offering and as an on-premise deployment.
Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, they have been in business for over 30 years and have a global presence, although the majority of their customer base is in North America. A large portion of their company is made up of product and cloud engineers, who build and maintain their software solutions, and they also have a sizable technical staff supporting and deploying their applications.
While their primary platform (FRP) is available in the Cloud, one of their applications (SMP) is still in the process of being migrated to the cloud. A part of that cloud launch is to do a UI/UX refresh, which has been completed for their FRP application, but is still pending for the SMP application.
Due to in-house resource constraints, they are investigating the potential of outsourcing product development on the user interface reskinning, which would also include some level of automation testing.
They would expect the selected Partner to manage the project via Agile Scrum Methodology. They use Jira for tracking sprint issues, and they operate on two-week sprints. They would expect that Partner to assign a Scrum Master to the team, and to engage in typical Scrum processes, including pre-sprint refinement, sprint planning, sprint review, daily stand ups, etc.
Based upon their internal estimation, they believe this project will take eight months to complete. Note that upon successful completion of this project, there is the potential for ongoing development work on this application.
Invafresh has initiated a thoughtful RFI for the purposes of identifying and engaging a best-aligned Service Provider. They have asked Accelerance to provide three qualified options, to be added to the three groups Invafresh has contacted independently.
All interested Service Providers must complete an RFI document provided by Invafresh. General areas of interest covered in the RFI include: Team Skills, Commercials, Service Provider Info, Resource Pool, Process & Engagement Model.
Onboarding and Ramp-Up
For the successful completion of this project, they need the selected Service Provider to build a team with the following skills:
- Scrum Master (1)
- Sr. React/PHP Dev. (Lead) (1)
- Mid. React/PHP Dev. (5)
- QA Testers (Manual) (1)
- Automated Test Developers (2)
Qualified developers must be able to work within an Agile/Scrum Methodology as well as be familiar with Jira. Manual Testers must be experienced in SQL Server, and Automated Testers with Selenium, Java, Cucumber, and Spring Boot.
If the relationship is successful, future growth would include C++ development as well as DevOps - (n.b., Azure, CI/CD Pipelines, Terraform, Datadog, Chocalatey).
Desired Partner Characteristics
- Location: Eastern Europe or Latin America
- Time Zone: As much overlap with ET as possible.
- Industry Experience: N/A
- Other SME: As a growing company, Invafresh could have need for full time or fraction assistance in a variety of areas.
- Certifications: CSM, as noted.
- English Fluency: Full English fluency for the entire team.
Working with a New Partner - Relationship Vision and Timing
Invafresh would ideally like to have contracts signed by the end of November, 2022. Given end of year dynamics, they could start with the Scrum Master and the Senior Dev. in early December,, with the other resources joining in the new year.
Invafresh currently maintains a highly productive team in India. For this reason, they are interested in considering options outside of South Asia, only.
Decision Making Process and Timing
Gary Lais, Vice President of Scale Management Platform, is leading the RFI initiative for Invafresh. Others in the selection process have not been established as of yet.
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