My Alpha Bravo Development Review

 This domain will document my experience with Josh Sanders, Tristan Wiener, Cole Hurley, and "Aaron" of Alpha Bravo Development in Miami, Florida. I've spoken with Josh, Cole and am currently working with Aaron. I don't remember if I ever actually spoke with Tristan. In any event, those whom I've spoken with all seem to be very nice people. 

My first payment to them was on March 26th, 2022 (Phase 1: Research and Prototype, 4.5 - 5.5 weeks). My second payment was made on May 24th (Phase 2: Backend Development, 5.5 - 6.5 weeks), and my third payment, so far, was made on July 22nd (Phase 3: Frontend Development, 6.5 - 7.5 weeks). I've paid approximately 80% of the total cost and have only a small amount left for the remaining two phases of Testing/Debugging (2.0 - 2.5 weeks) and Launch (1.5 - 2.0 weeks)...

I'm supposed to be heavily involved during the phase 3 process, which should have begun at the end of July. Today is September 21st and I've yet to have any real involvement. 

Aaron took over for Cole on June 14th and mentioned to me on September 1st that he'd be "going on leave" for two weeks (presumably for the following couple of weeks). September 1st was a Thursday so I have to assume the week of September 4-10 and September 11-17 were the two weeks. He said he'd be in touch when he returned. It is now the evening of Wednesday, September 21st and I have yet to hear back.

This IS concerning to me as the Alpha Bravo Development project proposal consisted of 20 weeks on the low end and 24 weeks on the high end. We're at 24 weeks the end of this month. 

Hopefully I will have some encouraging news very soon. As mentioned, everyone seems very nice and I would love for this review to be a positive one when all is said and done.

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November 8, 2022: I was hoping to have a good update by now but, unfortunately, I do not. It seems the project is being worked on "in the back end" - but nothing yet for me to see. Aaron got back from his two-week leave and we spent about two and a half hours on the phone over three separate meetings. We seemed to get a lot acknowledged and I felt pretty good at that point.

I asked for an update today since I hadn't heard anything in a couple of weeks since those meetings, and Aaron has been traveling the past couple of weeks with limited internet access. What surprises me is that Alpha Bravo Development apparently doesn't have more than one person working on my app. One would assume that if a developer is on vacation, there'd be someone else available to continue working on the project.

I wasn't made aware of another two weeks (or more) of traveling and project delays. We're already five weeks over the "high end" of project completion time, and the person working on my app is apparently on another vacation with limited internet access.

I always say, these are nice people and are nice to work with, but I'm getting a bit skeptical about what I spent so much of my money on... Stay tuned...

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December 6, 2022: I spoke with Josh on November 14th or 15th and was told I'd have something in a week or two. So far, I have not received anything. Still waiting...

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January 4, 2023: Still nothing but screenshots that I'd seen months ago. My assumption is that something went wrong with whatever developer they hired to complete the project. If my app was being built in-house, there would be some sort of accountability. Only Aaron is answering my messages and he's only reporting what he's being told to report - which is pretty much nothing.

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January 15, 2023: I've been in contact with Josh a few times over the past week. I do believe ABD earnestly wants to get the app completed, but I still haven't seen any functionality. Josh has mentioned the "APK" he sent me several times, but that APK was screenshots only. The same as early on. No functionality. We're now 9 months into development.

Again, I do believe they want to get this app going - but something is preventing them from showing me any back-end functionality. They've apparently hit some sort of bump in the road. The app doesn't have any features that haven't already been available in other apps for over a decade.

Stay tuned...

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Alpha Bravo Development can be found here: www.alphabravodevelopment.com

Are you considering hiring Alpha Bravo Development for a project? Feel free to contact me at askme@alphabravodevelopmentreview.com with any questions or concerns you may have about how my project is going...