You can learn from our Clutch profile that our hourly rate is in the $50 - $99 range. You might wonder why an “offshore” company isn’t cheaper.
Xfive is an Australian company with the main development center located in Kraków, Poland. Most of our staff is located in Central Europe – if you are from the United States, Canada or Australia you could perceive us as an “offshore” company.
So why is our hourly rate not “offshore” too?
In fact, it is.
If we looked only at the added value we bring to our customers, our hourly rate would be higher. For a US-based company, it would be the $100 – 149 range. Since our operating costs are lower, we are able to offer our clients a better price.
What added value do we bring to our clients? Here are 10 benefits you get from us for the price.
1. Expert know-how
We have built expert know-how, which our clients benefit from. Let’s take a look at two examples.
Another one of our blog posts, Testing Angular Faster with Jest, introduced a new way of testing Angular projects with Jest. Results? More than 60k unique pageviews, a link to it on Jest website and configuration repository with over 460 stars on GitHub.
These and many other examples transfer to our company’s development standards and manifest through high-quality work for our clients.
2. Thorough project discovery
Our clients come to us to bring their visions to life. Our know-know and experience allows us to see potential issues along the road. We never neglect those just to win the project.
We never just hope that it will turn out somehow.
Every one of our projects starts with a detailed project discovery. Our project managers and developers often spend long hours on calls with clients to work out the optimal strategy for their projects.
Such thorough discovery can ruin illusions or get into a healthy argument, but in the long run it saves client’s money.
3. Flexible cooperation models
If the discovery reveals that your project is a middle-size WordPress website with well-defined requirements, will we run it as an agile project? It sounds more like a good ol’ waterfall. To address different needs of our clients we have crafted three main cooperation models:
- Product development partnerships are suitable for long-term agile projects
- Team rental is perfect for scaling your team without the high costs and limitations of hiring your own staff
- One-off projects are a good fit for smaller projects or clients first time working with us
4. Transparent processes
The last thing you want to learn after a few months is that your project is late or over budget. While we cannot guarantee that our journey will only be straight and smooth, we guarantee full transparency of our processes. Here are a few things you can expect from us:
- prompt communication with your project manager and developers
- regular project updates and standups
- full Toggl reports with hours spent
- optional access to your repository and project management space
- well documented open-source tools
5. Top-level developers
Can you imagine picking the best developer out of hundred freelancers? How much time it would take to assess their skills and reliability?
Fortunately, you don’t have to. We do all the hard work for you. Our recruitment process consists of five demanding stages. Let the numbers speak for themselves, check out the percentage of candidates who pass the individual stages.
|Screening||Test Project||Technical Interview||Soft-skills Interview||Hired|
When working with us, you will only deal with senior or mid-level developers with excellent development skills, soft-skills and very good English skills.
6. Effective project management
Good project manager is like a driver in your project. They push the gas pedal to move the project forward and turn the steering wheel to pick the right direction.
Our project managers are damned good drivers – they have a vast knowledge of effective project management techniques whether those are agile methodologies as SCRUM or Kanban or traditional ones like waterfall method. Some of the certificates they own are:
- Professional Scrum Master I
- Professional Product Owner I
- PRINCE2® Project Management
- Project Management Professional (PMP)®
7. Multi-level quality assurance
We automate more and more quality measures in our development workflows – we use code formatters and linters, functional and non-functional tests. Our developers themselves are effective quality controllers because they care about the quality of their work.
Developers who care are the best quality controllers
Eventually, our trained quality controllers check the project with fresh eyes to spot previously unnoticed issues.
8. High company ethos
There’s something special, deeply-rooted in our company’s DNA, going back 15 years ago when it was established by Dave Rosen. It’s a culture of high-fives, which promotes a healthy work environment and relations not only among us but with our clients too.
9. Larger company ecosystem
While we usually operate as separate entities we also share our knowledge and resources. Say we need a specialist we don’t have available at Xfive, we can always reach out to our sister companies.
10. Peace of mind
Last but not least, it’s crucial to have a reliable development partner so you can sleep peacefully at night.
Over the years we’ve been through some rough times at Xfive, but we managed to adapt, survive and evolve. Such experience makes us a stronger, more predictable and reliable partner for our clients.
If you want to evolve your business with us, just drop us a line.
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