Advanced Engagement aims to provide customised security awareness training for use in financial services organisations and professional bodies. Graham Watson, founder and CEO, approached us to build the initial MVP to be used as a pilot for his first customers. Most importantly it was to gain insight into the direction he needed to take his product and provide an initial working version to his first clients.
All companies need to keep their staff up to date with security awareness training, especially the larger ones. Being a security consultant himself, Graham approached us to build a platform that would allow his clients to seamlessly deliver engagement awareness training to their staff. Graham had a good idea of the broader features that his application would need and was open to us interpreting his problem and coming up with the design and functionality to get it there.
"As this was a security product, founded by someone with a security background, we reassured Graham at every step that industry best practices were being followed during the development of the web application."
Russ Peterson, Bad Dinosaur
We held workshops with Graham to really dig deep into his idea and gain a full understanding of exactly what his product is all about and discuss which components would form the initial MVP of his solution. After a couple workshops and our own internal planning sessions, we were able to propose both an estimated feature list as well as an architectural design of his application.
Throughout the development and co-design processs, we held weekly show-and-tell meetings with Advanced Engagement, allowing them to see progress and feedback on the development process each week. This agile approach meant that when some items appeared to be of a higher priority than others, we rearranged the backlog accordingly, giving them the best possible use of their time and money for the MVP.
We delivered the MVP on time and on budget, and Graham has since been out running pilots with his first potential clients. So far the feedback has been great and we are excited about the future of Advanced Engagement as they grow and scale their offering.
"My ideas were quickly turned into a practical set of costed development milestones which were delivered on time. I'd recommend Bad Dinosaur to anyone who needs to build an application that can be scaled easily once the business concept is proven."
Graham Watson, Director
As feedback has come in from the pilot, we've been able to quickly estimate on the requested features and provide ball park figures on potential changes to the platform. This has been a great example of how we build the foundations of products through our MVP offering, allowing them to scale and grow with the business.
The Advanced Engagement web application is also hosted on our managed cloud hosting platform, meaning that Graham doesn't need to worry about the infrastructure behind his product. We deployed a WAF (web application firewall) to address Graham's security concerns, and we take care of the monitoring and scaling of the application - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.