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.
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.