What is TechCheck?
TechCheck is an independent technology review for startups for the purpose of valuation, optimization or process improvement.
We answer questions like: what is the quality of the code, is there a robust architecture, have features been planned well and is your staffing adequate for the task. Besides great ideas, these are are the key focus areas of any successful product.
Tell me More about Tech Check?
Tech Check has two parts. A one hour interview and an independent assessment of the code, architecture, plans and operations of the organization.
We produce a risk matrix with observations, impact analysis, and recommendations. These are independent recommendations, we do not have a stake in the business. But by taking our recommendations you can operate better, save run money and deliver a better product that customers want.
How can you understand my business in just one hour?
Well, our goal is not to tell you if you have a good product or a good idea. We believe it takes the right plan, architecture, execution and staff to make any idea succeed.
That’s why we look for evidence of adequate planning, well architected solutions, a well optimized operation and the right staff to support your objectives.
How does your scoring work?
Our analysis consists of over 100 different questions and checks. Each question or check can be scored on a scale of 0, 1,2 or 3.
At the end we average all the scores to give you an overall score. Thought the score is important, we believe the best practices and custom recommendations made for your specific business are more valuable in providing.
Tell me more about Scoring?
Besides giving you an overall score, we give you a score for each of the four focus areas (planning, architecture, operations, people). A score below 1.5 is considered risky, 1.5 to 2.5 indicates some remediation may be necessary and 2.5 or above indicates high likelihood of success.
A score of 1 means you have at least thought about the problem area and have tired to address it in some way. A score of 2 means you have a quality market tested solution for the problem. A score of 3 means you have a robust solution in place and are leveraging or integrating multiple approaches to solve a problem.
How much does it cost?
The check costs $2500 for the basic service, and we can offer more in depth analysis or remediation if necessary through a mutually agreed statement of work.
How long does it take?
The service takes about a week from start to finish. This includes up to three meetings or conference calls with you, as well as the behind the scenes analysis, scoring and recommendation creation.
What do you offer/produce?
We produce three things: A risk matrix that outlines the risks we’ve observed, in planning, operations, architecture and staffing. It is based on an interview, code analysis and tools and processes review. The resulting impact analysis and recommendations help you remediate or mitigate any problems and be more successful.
We include an analysis of the timeline based on our effort estimates to see if the timeline is realistic.
And we provide an overall score and a visual representation of the effectiveness of the planning, architecture, operation and staffing.
How do I know you won’t steal my idea?
Beyond just taking our word for it we can execute mutual non-disclosure agreements; we don’t need access to secret algorithms or sensitive parts of the code, you can simply tell us the interfaces and performance parameters of those interfaces so we can identify any potential pitfalls.
But really, we have been doing outsourcing for a long time and our customers would not come to us if we were in the business of stealing IP.
Can you provide Samples of your work?
Our work is confidential and we don’t disclose our findings to anybody but our customer directly. But I can tell you more the report you receive and how we advise our customers if that’s helpful.