Leadership Alliance engaged TDK Technologies to address several opportunities with their existing Online Portal application. The TDK team was able to quickly assess the situation, review desired enhancements, build a prioritized backlog, develop software code to implement the requested enhancements, guide the client’s transition to an agile scrum methodology, and put them back in control.
Technologies Used
Amazon Web Services
Elastic Beanstalk
Docker
.Net Core
Angular
NG Bootstrap
Angular Material
ag-Grid
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Leadership Alliance is a St. Louis and San Francisco based consulting firm that delivers a full range of talent management services to help companies in the acquisition, assessment, development, and retention of high-caliber employees. The company’s online portal is used both internally on the administrative side of its operations and as a client-facing application where users can create new requests, update or correct information, and see progress on existing requests. Leadership Alliance engaged TDK Technologies to implement enhancements and additional functionality to the portal. 

The TDK team acquired domain knowledge quickly to provide sound architectural and design guidance, which included rapidly addressing painful bugs, missing features that were hindering day to day operation, and empowering the product owner by gathering the entire team around a single approachable tool to manage and organize the backlog.

Within approximately a month, the revised application, with the initial software difficulties resolved, was running solidly. That allowed the team to begin implementing the desired portal enhancements. Those included improvements for data collection that replaced existing software with open source ag-Grid, a feature-rich data grid designed for major JavaScript Frameworks. The use of open source items delivered significant additional functionality that the TDK team did not have to recreate. Other open source libraries and packages, including Angular Material and NG Bootstrap to enhance the user interface and styling, added functionality while simultaneously simplifying the portal. 

The project was unique in that the software portal already existed, but contained several opportunities for improvement when TDK took over. TDK worked closely with the product owner and their team daily, employing modern methodology to become a team greater than the sum of its parts.  This enabled informed decisions related to investments of time and resources to refactor the application while extracting the most value.  Feedback to the overall approach was quite positive, particularly with the amount of quality work that was accomplished during each succeeding development sprint. Leadership Alliance has since engaged TDK for additional projects.

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