JustSalad goes beyond fast

JustSalad goes beyond fast

Working with a Fractional CTO to ship a new mobile application

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Eric Friedman
·Jun 29, 2022·

2 min read

Just Salad has been around for over a decade. Serving the best salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and so much more. They have locations around the world and are growing fast. They have been focussed on sustainability and convenience from the beginning and a decade into building they continue to serve customers.

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Last year they redesigned their mobile app and added multiple new features, investing the time and energy with an agency. Once they had designs they loved it was time to turn pixels into applications. They had a legacy API platform, new product lines, and a cross platform design to bring to life.

When they shopped around they found many agencies willing to scope out the work - charging a small fortune - to have a list of project items to complete. All needed to have an ironed out scope of work and an unknown set of developers.

When they came across Gotta Go Fast they found that scope based work made little sense. They needed a senior product engineer who could come in as a fractional CTO - truly orchestrating all the work. Combining engineering talent, outsourced platform development, a design agency and multiple integration systems. This meant someone that could work across companies, platforms, and stakeholders to deliver a product and ship code. Having an experienced Fractional CTO who could provide air traffic control to all the moving pieces was critical.

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With GGF in place, they completed an app launch, revamped API, with full integration across critical systems, and automated end to end testing in 6 months.

These critical systems included; Otter, Segment, Mixpanel, GrubHub, Fluid Pay, and migration from LevelUp.

Hiring and recruiting is tough for startups. It’s even harder for companies that have specific needs that ebb and flow over time. Talented engineers love complex problems and continuous development. Gotta Go Fast allowed talented engineers who would otherwise have not gone full time on this kind of a platform to work during this spike of engineering need, and ship something great.

JustSalad is a great client because they can benefit from excellent talent, and have them spin up (then down) as needed.

We welcome others who have similar situations and would like to setup a time to go faster with a fractional engineer.

 
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