Project Outline

Location

Client based in Ile-de-France, France

Client Business

Business strategy consulting, management coaching

Project Type

Product development via SkillValue MVP Factory

Services

CTO, freelance and funding support

About the Client

Pré Salé is a company that specialises in consulting and management coaching. In the interest of business continuity, it sought to digitise its strategy consulting offering for the operations divisions of companies. The objective was to reduce travel for its consultants and offer its clients strategic tools to enhance their independence. In order to meet this objective, Pré Salé created the Strat’Lab platform, the aim of which is to facilitate collaborative strategy development and master the tools for strategy deployment and oversight.

Collaborating with SkillValue

The Challenge

The project was on a strict deadline: the client wanted the solution ready for deployment by the end of Q1 2018. As a newcomer to IT project management, the company also required comprehensive support in making the technical and organisational choices.

Although the client had the budget for product development from scratch, this would have entailed further investment to produce specifications, while the project would have taken much longer to complete.

After turning to Pentalog, its first point of contact was Mickaël Hiver, who helps clients choose the services and strategies best suited to their business needs.

The Solution

With the key requisite being time-to-market, Pentalog and SkillValue proposed the MVP Factory offering, a product development solution more appropriate to the client’s growth objectives.

The MVP Factory offering would include:
– a CTO to help structure the solution and manage its creation
– a freelance designer (based in Paris)
– a freelance coder (a French digital nomad working remotely in India)
– support to obtain initial funding from France’s BPI investment bank

The technical solution consists of a showcase website, as well as publishing functionality for educational content and sales strategy tools. The cloud-hosted platform is administered and managed by the client.

The Results

For several reasons, the client was soon impressed by the advantages of the offer:
– the flexibility of the team allowed the company to bypass recruitment (less financial risk than hiring)
– the price
– the implementation timeline (2 months instead of 6 on average for product development from scratch)

Once the platform was delivered, two weeks of training were provided for the transfer of skills and to ensure that the client could operate independently with the solution.

The expertise of the SkillValue CTO also proved invaluable in coordinating the team and developing a solution tailored to the client’s requirements and constraints.

Technical Environment:

– WordPress
– LearnPress
– OVH Cloud

Client Experience

Following the launch of the MVP, this is what the client would take away from product development:

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