GoneTrippin, a subsidiary of Accendo Software Corporation, is a startup company headquartered in Hagerstown, Maryland, providing unique road trip solutions through the free GoneTrippin app
STARTUP CONSULTING SERVICES
Travel & Tourism
Computools team guided the client through the underlying difficulties of MVP development from industry analysis through strategy planning to the delivery of investment pitch-ready application. The MVP development process met the client’s primary requirements and expectations.
Several key options we solved:
Implemented strong analytical tools to assist customers.
Ensured safe transaction through a proprietary blockchain solution.
Developed attractive and intuitive UX/UI design.
Business Process Automation
Digital Platform & Technology
The Computools engineers chose this open-source software development kit to develop the Gonetrippin front end. This framework enables customized application development for iOS, Android, Windows, and web browsers. Cordova plugins ensure access to host operating system features, including GPS, Flashlight, Camera, etc. that benefit the Gonetrippin app feature set. Analytics, A/B testing, and build automation make Ionic 3 the natural choice for cross-platform MVP development.
Spring Boot 2.0
To ensure rapid Back end core development of the stand-alone Spring application, the Computools team selected the Spring Boot 2.0 framework. Automatic Spring and third party libraries configuration, direct Tomcat, Jetty, and Undertow embedding and production-ready features enabled efficient and quick development of the Gonetrippin MVP app.
Postgres 10 + PostGIS 2.4
PostGIS enabled geographic objects support for PostgreSQL object-relational database. PostgreSQL server was used as a backend spatial database for geographic information systems. This combination also provided the highest performance of the Gonetrippin app after testing.
Google Cloud Pub/Sub
Secure and highly available communication between microservices was enabled by Cloud Pub/Sub. By decoupling senders and receivers, this cloud-based middleware ensured scalability, flexibility, and reliability of many-to-many, asynchronous messaging. Low-latency, durable messaging helped the Computools team quickly integrate various microservices hosted either on the Google Cloud Platform or externally.
ImageMagick + MozJPEG
To handle image optimization, Computools experts relied on ImageMagic, a cross-platform open-source suit designed to create, edit, and convert images in over 200 formats. Batch image processing enabled rapid scaling, lossy compression, and decoding. MozJPEG was used as a library in tandem with ImageMagick to reduce file sizes of JPEG images and while retaining high quality.
To save time on developing authentication system and ensure the systems security, the Computools team implemented one of Firebase services. This solution reduced the development time dramatically and improved the onboarding and sign in experience for end users. Firebase temporary storage service was used to ensure a seamless frontend experience in case of backend issues.
Open and efficient two-way communication is crucial to the success of a digital transformation project. Following consultation with the client, we agreed upon a clear and unambiguous communication framework with scheduled regular face-to-face and online meetings and regular reports by email.Our communication ecosystem also incorporated a structured documents environment and client access to Computools' internal task managing platform. This made both the general project roadmap as well as specific processes transparent and clear for all parties.
Based on the client’s business idea and the list of features critical to Gonetrippin MVP, the Computools team developed a detailed system requirements specification.
1. System has the ability for planning trips around the USA. This plan can include more then several endpoints of your trip. The database currently entails more than 700,000 different locations (Parks, Museums, Trains, Camping, etc) 2. System has the ability for chatting between users 3. System has the ability to send notifications to users 4. System has the ability to hold events (like festivals and club parties) 5. System has the ability for full-text search locations by GEO point and around this point 6. System has the ability to search some locations near the current route
Building Minimum Viable Product Concept
To attain the proof of concept and ensure the GoneTrippin visionary solution meets the market need, the client partnered with Computools team on developing the minimum viable product (MVP). Accounting for the startup’s limited budget and tight deadlines, our specialists devised a step-by-step roadmap from idea to fully functional GoneTrippin application that would usher in the new travel ecosystem. Computools experts took the client through the vital steps of building a MVP:
Defining the market problem. The client postulated that existing travel industry giants prevent small local businesses from getting necessary exposure and revenue, while travellers suffer from outdated information and limited sightseeing options.
Identifying the target audience. Careful industry analysis identified small business owners and local hospitality services providers, as well as road tripping families as GoneTrippin target audience.
Evaluating the competitors. Computools experts analyzed the client’s data on competitors and helped identify their shortcomings to avoid them within the GoneTrippin ecosystem.
SWOT analysis. Computools team provided the client with an outside perspective on the idea’s strengths and weaknesses. Opportunities and threats assessment solidified the market niche for the client’s solution.
Defining the user flow. Considering the requirements of service providers and travellers, the Computools team assisted the client in developing user stories and user flows to meet the needs of all target audience representatives.
Prioritizing the features. The Computools specialists helped the client select the primary features to be implemented in the MVP and secondary features to suspend until after the successful launch.
Choosing the project management method. Based on the client’s tight deadline, the Computools project manager advised the Agile approach with one or two-week sprints to enable fast-paced and productive development.
Developing the MVP. With clear goals and development tasks, Computools software engineers selected the best-suited technologies and solutions to deliver the MVP within 7 months.
Market launch and feedback analysis. After the GoneTrippin app and blockchain ICO launch, the Computools team continued to assist with user feedback analysis and plans for new features and upgrades to the ecosystem.
To fullfill the client’s requirements and meet the tight MVP development deadline, we have screened the Computools’ talent pool and assembled a team of experienced software engineers.
Seamless cooperation among the members of the Computools team enables efficient and quick MVP development. From the initial brainstorming session through numerous meetings and discussions, our engineers demonstrated creative cooperation resulting in innovative solutions.
Visualized sprint planning is the key to Computools’ coordinated teamwork and efficient development. Whiteboard meetings ensure clear understanding of the current tasks and assignments among software engineers.
With client’s ambitious plans and requirements in mind, Computools engineers put away their laptops and came together in a brainstorming session. In a critisism-free environment, the team devised a plan how to make the client’s vision true and shorten the time to market.
Short and productive dev meetings kept the team focused on the project while addressing occurring issues and combining the developers’ experience to solve them. Regular discussions meant that each of the client’s requirements was met and incorporated into the latest build without delay.
Internal Communication Flow
Trello was chosen as the primary project management platform to provide the client with real-time update on the development progress and build status. The Computools engineers relied on Slack to coordinate their efforts and used email to exchange reports and timeline estimates with the client. Frequent video and audio conferences via Skype helped establish understanding between the development team members and the client’s representatives.
Project Management Methodology
We chose the Scrum project management approach with 2-week sprints to ensure continuous delivery and accurate fulfillment of the development plans. Agile methodology necessitated a close cooperation with the client to introduce new ideas and approve adjustments. Every sprint was finalized with testing and the demonstration of the implemented features.
Analyzing industry problems
Defining and narrowing down the target audience
Evaluating the competitors
Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses
Defining the user flow
Developing the prioritized feature list
Developing the prioritized feature list
Digital Platform & Technology Selection
Defining Specification, Tasks & Deadlines
Project Management Flow
Expertise-based talent evaluation and team formation
Establishing Internal Communication Flow
Choosing Project Management Methodology
Selecting Development Methodology
Code Creating & Refactoring
Alpha and Beta Testing & Fixing
MVP Delivery to the client
Ongoing support and updating the MVP into the final product