Benchmark Education provides solutions to help educate all kinds of students: gifted, on-level, and struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and those still mastering English as a second language. They were looking for an outsourced technical partner to support their experienced internal team and help speed up development. Benchmark was constantly working on tight timelines and they needed additional resources to get certain software products developed and out to market.
Our solution to their challenge
Benchmark Education partnered with Spiral Scout to build ePlanner. ePlanner is a visual tool for education professionals to help organize curriculums and lesson plans based on Benchmark educational programs. Teachers can create, edit, view and delete individual or group lesson plans. The "Calendar" application has all the features of a typical daily planner along with a sophisticated search option. Users can easily drag and drop lessons to different dates in order to better organize the curriculum or to take into account holidays and weather cancellations. ePlanner was built for the desktop and iPad.
What was the scope of our involvement?
We worked closely with their internal software development team as well as several of the Benchmark product owners that weren’t a part of the software team but played a role in providing direction for the products. We would visit Benchmark at their offices in New Rochelle and work side by side with them but the majority of our work is done remotely. We have helped them write specification documents that they could share with other departments internally to get them organized and signoff from major stakeholders. We did our best to learn their business quickly, which included not just developing the software but actually understanding what Benchmark does as a company.
From Will R. at Benchmark, "Spiral Scout is very reliable, has strong communication skills, and is on top of timelines. They are by far the best outsourcing experience that we have had, both because of their technical competency and their investment in the work."
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