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Brain Power

Autism Education
Brain Power, LLC, is a mission-based neuroscience technology company based in Cambridge, MA, with strong ties to MIT, Harvard, and Stanford.

Its flagship product suite, called Empowered Brain, includes apps that help children (or adults) on the autism spectrum learn what other people feel; offer a training similar to that of a video game with a look directed to the face; reading and conversation skills tutor; help users reduce repetitive motor behaviors and underlying stress; give teachers and parents numerical progress reports; and much more.

Client

Brain power

Project

Elastic workforce

Software Development

Role

UX/UI Design Team

Mobile & Web Development Team

Scrum Master

Director of Engineer

QA team

Helping in interviews for candidates

The Problem

Brain Power, the market leader in augmented reality educational tools, needed to quickly scale up its software development team to meet market demand, but the job market in the Cambridge, MA area was tight, with runaway salary inflation, limited availability of talent and long recruitment lead times. It was taking 4 months and over $45,000 in recruitment fees and staff time to source, screen, interview, onboard and train every new engineer, yet after that huge investment in time and resources, many of these engineers didn’t work out.

Brain Power also wanted to ensure that they were building a true team as they rapidly expanded their workforce, including not just developers but also QA, DevOps and agile project managers who could all work well together.

The Apps

The Situation

Founder and CEO Dr. Ned Sahin, PhD then decided on a bold move. To offshore the whole development team, but keep product management and senior engineering in-house.

“It was certainly a big and sudden change, and there were many risks, but as a founder I’m comfortable with risks so long as they are properly managed. We started slowly and expanded only after building trust and a track record.” said Dr. Sahin.

Brain Power started by tapping INNOVANT for a team of full-stack web developers and Android developers to be managed directly by senior developers working at their headquarters. Brain Power management developed processes and implemented tools to effectively manage a team that is globally distributed. INNOVANT’s engineers participated in daily Scrum stand-up meetings over video, managed their workflow in JIRA and conducted code reviews over GitHub. The INNOVANT team quickly came up to speed with the help of video pair-programming sessions.

UX Design

UI Design

Development

The Solution

Founder and CEO Dr. Ned Sahin, PhD then decided on a bold move. To offshore the whole development team, but keep product management and senior engineering in-house.

“It was certainly a big and sudden change, and there were many risks, but as a founder I’m comfortable with risks so long as they are properly managed. We started slowly and expanded only after building trust and a track record.” said Dr. Sahin.

Brain Power started by tapping Innovant for a team of full-stack web developers and Android developers to be managed directly by senior developers working at their headquarters. Brain Power management developed processes and implemented tools to effectively manage a team that is globally distributed. Innovant’s engineers participated in daily Scrum stand-up meetings over video, managed their workflow in JIRA and conducted code reviews over GitHub. The Innovant team quickly came up to speed with the help of video pair-programming sessions.

The Results

The results have been phenomenal. Brain Power’s engineering team has nearly doubled in size, while the total cost of the engineering team actually decreased by 40%. Productivity per engineer has improved and team velocity increased at a faster rate than the team size.

“I’ve never had a more efficient team to work with”, said Jim Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, who manages the entire distributed team for Brain Power. “Other offshoring firms I’ve worked with just recruit and hire freelancers to meet demand, but because INNOVANT’s team are all long-term employees of the company, they already know each other well and work together seamlessly as a team across all functions.”

The increase in productivity and cost savings has freed Brain Power to address more market opportunities, and get to market more quickly. “What began as a need to solve a specific problem sourcing talent has become a strategic advantage for our entire business.” said Dr. Sahin.

Since first tapping INNOVANT for programming resources, Brain Power has expanded its relationship with INNOVANT , whose staff now handle Scrum Master duties, software architecture design, code reviews, QA and CICD, and DevOps.

“They are fully part of the team, and even participate in our team social activities” said Dr. Sahin. “We pride ourselves on being able to integrate the best talent in the world into a unified team.”

The COVID Crisis

The results have been phenomenal. Brain Power’s engineering team has nearly doubled in size, while the total cost of the engineering team actually decreased by 40%. Productivity per engineer has improved and team velocity increased at a faster rate than the team size.

“I’ve never had a more efficient team to work with”, said Jim Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, who manages the entire distributed team for Brain Power. “Other offshoring firms I’ve worked with just recruit and hire freelancers to meet demand, but because INNOVANT’s team are all long-term employees of the company, they already know each other well and work together seamlessly as a team across all functions.”

The increase in productivity and cost savings has freed Brain Power to address more market opportunities, and get to market more quickly. “What began as a need to solve a specific problem sourcing talent has become a strategic advantage for our entire business.” said Dr. Sahin.

Since first tapping INNOVANT for programming resources, Brain Power has expanded its relationship with INNOVANT , whose staff now handle Scrum Master duties, software architecture design, code reviews, QA and CICD, and DevOps.

“They are fully part of the team, and even participate in our team social activities” said Dr. Sahin. “We pride ourselves on being able to integrate the best talent in the world into a unified team™.

James Ryan

 Chief Operating Officer, Brain Power

“What began as a need to solve a specific problem sourcing talent has become a strategic advantage for our entire business.”

With INNOVANT we have increased productivity and cost savings, thus being able to address more market opportunities.