Edmentum

Our distributed teams allow Edmentum to supplement its development staff and scale up or down as backlogs fluctuate.
MentorMate's distributed teams allow Edmentum to supplement its development staff and scale up or down as backlogs fluctuate.
Opportunity

Leading the Charge in Online Education

Edmentum is a global education leader and pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions. Over 8,000 school districts across 75 countries use Edmentum’s adaptive curriculum and research-based assessments to address a variety of educational goals and challenges. These include individualized learning, intervention, expanded course offerings, and even state assessment preparation and credit recovery. Edmentum’s suite of solutions relies heavily on a robust backend software system — and a lot of development resources. As is often the case when scouting top-tier technical talent, Edmentum found it difficult to fully staff its development teams. The company utilized contractors and offshore teams to supplement its internal development staff.

The Edmentum team came to MentorMate looking for access to a flexible workforce that could scale up or down with its business needs.
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“MentorMate’s leadership team has really done a great job of getting to know us as an organization and learning about our culture and organizational personality. They’ve worked very closely with us to come up with creative solutions to specific challenges.”

Jeff Kienholz, VP of Development Services

Edmentum looked to MentorMate for highly-skilled developers to join existing sprints and help scale.
Solution

Seeking Flexibility In Offshore Teams

After experiences with other offshore vendors yielded less than desirable results, Edmentum sought a new partner. The Edmentum team came to MentorMate looking for access to a flexible workforce that could scale up or down with its business needs. Specifically, they were looking for highly-skilled developers that could join existing sprints and integrate seamlessly into the company’s team structure. Our team members’ technical proficiency, English fluency, and overlapping work hours have allowed us to deliver on that need.

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“The thing I really appreciate about our MentorMate team members is that they have the ability to lead some of the work themselves with very little oversight. They really know their craft and bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the table.”

Jeff Kienholz, VP of Development Services

Process

Delivering Scalability On-Demand

At any given time, multiple sprint teams of internal Edmentum development staff and MentorMate employees in Bulgaria are working through backlogs. Each team is focused on a specific Edmentum offering and is continuously enhancing the product. As the backlog evolves, Edmentum staffs the team accordingly without having to go through an arduous hiring — or downsizing — process. The Edmentum leadership team lets us know what specific skill sets they need for a given initiative and we’re able to match them with the appropriate MentorMate staff member.

Edmentum Case Study
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