10 Performance Excellence Awards 2021
Rivers Agile was launched in 2008 as a Quality Assurance consulting firm. The company has fulfilled the need for first-rate quality assurance services in the greater Pittsburgh area. The organization has proved itself to be a successful boutique firm and has matured into an end-to-end software solutions provider, focusing mostly on web and mobile development.
The company works with its clients throughout the entire product lifecycle to help them achieve their strategic vision – from defining a new piece of software to refining an existing application or website. Today, Rivers Agile's foundation in quality is very much alive as they continue to offer Quality Assurance consulting services, but also provide both on-site education and assessments to help its clients get the most from their investment in QA personnel and tools.
Rivers Agile has a highly-skilled team based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and works with recently funded startups through Fortune 1000 clients and span industries like Healthcare, Energy, Legal, Predictive Analytics, Education, and more.
Understanding the Big Picture
By nature of the employees Rivers Agile hires and the culture they have built, the company looks to ensure that every member of the project team understands the big picture of the product they are working on, the vision of the client for the product, and the roadmap for delivery. The company's work is not only market viable and intuitive, but tailored to specific business needs – and Rivers Agile works with you on every step from ideation, to design, to architecture.
Rivers Agile uses modern, industry-standard best practices, agile methodologies, and architectural design patterns to create software that is designed to delight and perform in today’s competitive marketplace. Whether you’re starting from scratch or seeking a rebuild, Rivers Agile has matured a process, appreciated by clients, that drives innovation. The company's team of highly-skilled developers has years of expertise developing both web and mobile apps to solve problems across varied organizations and with a staggering array of functionality.
Testing is a robust process that should be a keystone of a software development lifecycle (SDLC). Rivers Agile focuses on tuning into the needs of its client’s needs and implementing an end-to-end quality software process to ensure cost effectiveness, risk mitigation, process improvement and tool configuration. Above all, the company prides itself in its ability to add value through quality.
This approach to quality assurance is what defined Rivers Agile during its founding, and it fueled the initial success of the firm. Today, that same foundation is layered within all of the company's engagements with a focus on reducing the churn between software engineering and quality assurance. At the forefront is an agreement that forges quality as a proactive role within the project and across the lifecycle. It’s a holistic approach to finding and fixing defects faster and earlier, improving product safety, stability, and functionality.
User Interface/ User Experience
Leveraging the latest tools and technologies, Rivers Agile custom builds each solution to echo your brand values and objectives. Intuitive and responsive, the company curates a user experience that delights and engages. Its expert developers and designers are well versed in research and design ideologies, and human-centered design methods.
The team at River Agile starts with strategy sessions paired with research and competition analysis to ensure the product is focused on the ideas, aims, and objectives. Next, they identify a target audience and requirements to prescribe a user experience based on research, usability testing, and market analysis. Lastly, they convert that solution into high-fidelity designs via information architecture, interaction design, wireframes, and user flows.
Project Management and Business Analysis
Siloed teams, missing milestones, or over budget? Any of these stumbling blocks are a risk to an organization’s (and product’s) success. Whether you’re lacking momentum or alignment, Rivers Agile skilled project managers have the expertise to motivate teams to reach a unified goal.
It takes process, discipline, and leadership to meaningfully engage stakeholders, but they've built a framework for collaboration. It’s that total buy-in that ensures a product launch or tech initiative is within budget, within scope, and on schedule. Development can be a nuanced and complex – rely on the company's diligent execution to get you to market quicker, with better adoption and less risk.
Ben Wilson, Founder and CEO
After building a number of QA departments and helping organizations utilize proactive Quality Assurance techniques to strengthen their SDLC, Ben started Rivers Agile as Pittsburgh's only QA Consultancy. He has grown Rivers Agile to be a recognizable force within mobile and web custom software development, started a Code School and now offers QaaS to help organizations with automating risk management.
He has an MS in Internet Information Systems from Robert Morris University.