Our team's expertise
is what makes our
technical audits unique
In one sentence: it’s a very detailed document (15-20 pages), covering all the risks associated with your current technology, codebase, and team-level problems that that will eventually prevent your software product from scaling.
Around 90% of SaaS startups fail within 3 years from launchingdespite having access to sufficient funding. One of the main reasons is their inability to predict what could go wrong with their product, team, or both.
Through our unique auditing process, we’ll help you avoid that scenario. Apart from the specific areas you’ll like us to cover, we’ll also get you answers to the key questions every CTO, Founder, or SaaS team leader should know:
We asked our clients why they decided to hire our team to conduct technical audits for them. Among many reasons, 3 have been mentioned over and over again:
No other company can offer the time and devotion of as many experts as we do. We’ve been coding and running our own technical companies for decades, and our shared expertise allows us to identify 95% of problems that are slowly destroying our clients’ products. The other 5%? We might need a day or two to figure it out.
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We’ll provide unbiased insights on the condition of your business and your team. We have a reputation of “Gordon Ramsey’s startup nightmares”, because we’ll reveal the ugly truth about what’s wrong with your code, communication, and development plans, even if it (slightly) hurts.
We’re all very nice guys, but we also know that only honesty can guarantee success. Sure, we can tell you everything is OK, but that won’t save your product from failing 2 years from now…
Auditing startups is very different to auditing other types of businesses, because there are many obstacles to be aware of when trying to scale up (like funding, recruitment, or extreme uncertainty about the future). We know these stuggles very well, because:
Our unique methodology is based on 5 pillars, because just analyzing the code or looking at technical documentation isn’t enough.
People are the most important asset. We’ll get to know your company values and see if the team understands and aligns with them. We’ll also determine how management plays a role in the company and how it affects the team.
As part of this step, we’ll talk individually with your team members, from junior developers to the CTO. We’ve conducted hundreds of interviews and we know how to get people to talk openly and honestly because we provide anonymity—something that’s not possible during one-on-one performance reviews with their manager.
Whether auditing a product or a service company, there is always a process. Neglecting it while working on a development roadmap often results in features not being delivered, a high employee turnover rate, a low-quality delivery of features, etc.
We take a multi-faceted approach to analysing our client’s processes using both in-person methods (interviews) and digging through code and documentation ourselves.
Documentation is the source of truth both internally and externally. There are many types of documentation such as technical documentation, spanning architecture description to coding guidelines, setup guides for new hires, or the external documentation of a customer-facing API.
We’ll access and review your communication tools, the language your team uses (important for remote companies), and we’ll provide feedback on technical and non-technical documentation—how easy it is to follow, edit, and whether it’s reusable for your future hires.
The engineering or development team is usually the heart behind the product and company. Just like the company has a roadmap and vision of where it wants to go, the development team should also have this vision for their codebase.
We take a look at the high-level architecture of the application or ecosystem and how all the components communicate. It is not necessarily important what the specific issues are, but it is vital to know if the development team is aware of them and if there is a plan to address them.
Having a clearly defined problem which is being solved by a clearly defined solution is essential to success. It’s natural for a product to evolve over time; however, care and attention are needed to prevent the product from becoming too complex or ineffective.
In this last pillar, we’ll analyse your product vision (if there is one), development roadmap, how you prioritize tasks and feature ideas, which metrics you use, and how well you research the end users.
You won’t see companies like Amazon or Facebook among our past clients. They’re already pretty big. You will, however, see the names that will soon rock the SaaS world because we helped them predict risks and avoid failure.
Email Marketing solution
"They not only helped scale our output but also our strategy, processes and culture. Not by imposing, but by reinforcing the foundations that were already there." — Michelle Dassen (Head of Product)
Virtual learning platform
We did a thorough technical due diligence of their product, team and roadmaps. After sharing our insights with all parties involved, they completed a €2.1 million investment round.
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Ready to make your product development bullet-proof? Arrange a free, 30-minute call with Andreas Creten to find out how we can help you. There’s no commitment—we just want to understand your needs.
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