Overview

Through our co-innovation partnership with Skills Matter, we developed a website that has strengthened the developer community’s ability to network and share their knowledge with others.

Results

Skills Matter (www.skillsmatter.com) supports a large community of software professionals developing their skills and connecting with other like-minded people. They support and run hundreds of meetups, user groups, talks and conferences while providing online resources for developers to learn and connect.

Having received venture capital investment, Skills Matter wanted to modernize their web presence to improve how it listened to, communicated with and worked alongside its members. They had started a migration to Rails and needed to accelerate development while growing their delivery capabilities. The project goals they presented to Pivotal Labs were to:

- Modernize and bring Skills Matter’s web presence up to speed with its strong leadership role within the developer community
- Accelerate its web development while growing its delivery capabilities
- Implement powerful search, a streamlined user experience, new social and user-oriented features and adaptable architecture
- Create a flexible platform that supports growth and change

Prior to working with Skills Matter, Pivotal Labs had helped many companies re-platform using the Rails technology stack. Of particular relevance to the Skills Matters website was our recent experience building and launching a developer-focused site emphasizing multi-faceted search. The knowledge gained greatly accelerated our delivery of a rich and powerful search for the Skills Matter website.

Through our co-innovation partnership with Skills Matter, we developed a website that has strengthened the developer community’s ability to network and share their knowledge. Skills Matter is enabled to be faster and smarter about reaching out to and communicating with its 50,000-person community of developers – the community that Skills Matter keeps at the centre of everything it does so that it can offer constant opportunities to learn and share.

"It has been great to collaborate with Pivotal Labs to enable Skills Matter to deliver the features we wanted fast. From test driven development to being super agile, helping us define and prioritise our requirements through proven practices, while being focused and disciplined - Pivotal Labs understood the nature of our business and our requirement to adapt and change constantly to meet our objectives.

"Thanks to their support of our backlog management, their extreme agility and their passion for helping us achieve what we wanted, we were able to realise the results most important to our business."
Wendy Devolder, Founder & CEO

Process

We believe the only way to build truly great software is to assemble and educate great teams. By co-sourcing the project, we created an opportunity for focused coaching, as our engineers and theirs designed and programmed together. Skills Matter benefited in particular from Pivotal Labs’ process, from test driven development to super-agility, to helping define and prioritize items while remaining focused and disciplined. The Skills Matter team was set up for long-term success, able to design, develop, and manage ongoing projects in-house after our engagement ended.

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