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GoneTrippin

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

Solution:

Web Development

Industry:

Travel & Tourism

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Large corporations and middlemen are pushing small businesses out of the travel industry while failing to meet the travellers’ needs for relevant data and secure payments. GoneTrippin enables families to plan road trips and vacations by providing current information on local lodgings, sightseeing locations, and prices as well as enabling safe transaction through a proprietary blockchain solution.

Small business owners attain advertising possibilities and secure blockchain payments without the risk of high fees, chargebacks, and counterfeit bills. GoneTrippin TV, mobile app, and blockchain form a safe family travel ecosystem beneficial for travellers and business owners.

Outcome

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.

Digital Platform & Technology

Communication Framework

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.

Communication:

Specification

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:

TEAM

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.

BACKSTAGE

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.

Whiteboard Meeting

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.

Brainstorming

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.

Dev Meeting

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.

PROJECT TIMELINE

01

Background

First Sight
  • Analyzing industry problems
  • Defining and narrowing down the target audience
  • Evaluating the competitors
  • Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses
02

Strategy

Planing
  • 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
Development Flow
  • Selecting Development Methodology
03

Implementation

MVP Implementation
  • Environment Setting
  • Tasks Assignment
MVP Build
  • Code Creating & Refactoring
  • Alpha and Beta Testing & Fixing
MVP Delivery
  • MVP Delivery to the client
  • Ongoing support and updating the MVP into the final product

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