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Home Blog 10 Benefits You Get from Us for the Price

10 Benefits You Get from Us for the Price

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.

Four years ago we recognized the potential of ITCSS, scalable and maintainable CSS architecture by Harry Roberts. We successfully use it in our internal and commercial projects till today.

Our ITCSS blog post is on the first place in Google with more than 110k unique pageviews to date.

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 500 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:

  1. Product development partnerships are suitable for long-term agile projects
  2. Team rental is perfect for scaling your team without the high costs and limitations of hiring your own staff
  3. 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

An example of summary report for hours spent in a partnership package; detailed reports are also available.

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
WordPress Developers 54% 22% 3% 1% 0.5%
JavaScript Developers 70% 38% 8% 6% 4%

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)®

PSM 1, PSPO 1, Project Management Institute, Prince2

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.

High-fives are part of our Slack workspace to appreciate others and celebrate smaller or bigger achievements.

9. Larger company ecosystem

With Xfive you are getting access to a larger company ecosystem. Xfive belongs under X-Company, a holding company for business communities and platforms like XHQ, X-Team and XWP.

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.

X-Company family: XHQ, X-Team, XWP, Xfive

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.

XHTMLized - 2005, Xfive - 2016, Xfive - 2019

If you want to evolve your business with us, just drop us a line.

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Lubos Kmetko

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Lubos Kmetko started to work for Xfive as a front-end developer in 2006. He currently helps with business operations and writes for the Xfive blog.

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