At the start of 2013, Delib was awarded financing from Creative England’s dedicated South West Business to Business fund. Inspired by the proven success of Budget Simulator, our mission was clear: invest in the evolution of this awesome product to consolidate the needs of our customers with modern innovations in technology.
Over the past 7 years, we have helped our customers run successful budget consultations, and come to recognise the features and support they consistently need. The re-envisaged app strives to meet these needs in one standard, fixed priced product. It also celebrates ideas like responsive design, which makes mobile participation on phones or tablets a piece of cake.
Version 2.0 of the app is still in development and it’s really exciting to see it coming together. So exciting, in fact, that we couldn’t wait to share it and decided to hold a party in our offices on Thursday 19th September, as an opportunity to present our work so far and get some feedback from friends, customers and colleagues.
One of the main features of the event, besides the app itself, was sharing our ‘Agile’ approach to product development…
‘Agile software development is a group of software development methods where solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organising cross-functional teams.
It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, an iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.’Wikipedia
Why was Agile a featured part of the event? Agile means a lot to Delib: it enables us to develop products that continuously adapt to our customers’ needs! The event itself was an agile exercise to gain insight and feedback we could channel back into the production process, so it made sense to give it a bit of the limelight.
Ben, one of our consultants, and Andy, product owner and Delib founder, took us on a trip down memory lane, visiting the last 7 years of Budget Simulator – good bye Mr. Simulator *sniff*:
And through some of the features of the new one:
All in all we had a great turn out and it was an exciting night to receive the first verdicts from the outside world. We are currently reflecting on all the feedback we received and look forward to cracking on with the final stages of development.
Watch this space: multilingual, responsive Budget Simulator is not far away!