We help global businesses to grow and embody innovations.

Who we are

Django Stars is a technical partner with a business vision. We transform your ideas into successful digital products, building it from scratch and supporting as long as you need.

We’ve seen our clients growing from small startups to scalable enterprise companies. We were there when they merged with industry leaders and acquired smaller companies. We celebrated every fundraising, every launch and success.

And we’re eager to continue doing the same with you.

  • 2018 Top Developers Ukraine at Clutch.co
  • 2018 Top Python and Django Developers at Clutch.co
  • Top dev East EU
  • Our Vision

    To be a service as a product company

  • Our Mission

    To turn your ideas into world-class digital products

Our Values

What we

stand for

  • bring the sense
    Bring the sense of partnership

    We treat our clients as partners and stay with them from the first ideas and as long as they need us.

  • Be transparent and determined
    Be transparent and determined

    Partnership can’t exist without communication. We’re always eager to discuss and show what we have for the sake of project.

  • Put the quality and efficiency first
    Put the quality and efficiency first

    Why do something worse if you can do the same but better? Quality and cost-efficiency looks like a perfect combo for us.

  • Constantly innovate and invent
    Constantly innovate and invent

    Whatever we do, we’re still tech guys with nerdy states of mind, so we can’t help but implement innovations and new approaches.

  • Grow talents and grow with talents
    Grow talents and grow with talents

    Our HR department never sleeps – there is always someone special we’re looking for to join our team.

  • Share our knowledge and experience
    Share our knowledge and experience

    We constantly share our expertise because sometimes there is nothing better than a helping hand.

Our results

Django Stars in numbers

  • 10+

    Years of building digital products that matter

  • 2.5

    Years average project duration

  • 9/10

    Of our clients are ready to recommend us

  • TOP-3

    Python developers, according to Clutch

FAQ

How we do and do not work

00
We Don’t
Use PHP/.Net/Java

We do love Python and truly believe in its awesomeness. We’re sure it’s the best tool for creating web applications of any complexity.

Use a Django CMS

We build custom complex solutions and pay attention to the details of our customers’ needs.

Deal with 1-man projects

We don’t provide our clients with a single person to solve their problems, optimize the performance or complete a certain scope. We’re interested in project-based cooperation and look for projects that require at least 3 or 4 people on a team.

Share our employees’ CVs

We, as a company, are responsible for the results of our work. We create a team according to your needs, one that will cover all aspects of your project.

Provide estimates through a one-link example

One link is just not enough to provide you with an accurate estimate. We need more detailed information. That might be a brief project overview, technical specifications, a prototype, a list of main features or other useful info.

Leave you alone when the project is completed

After the project is complete, we continue to help you with maintenance, scalability, market promotion, analytics, and other challenges.

Run out of the office if we encounter a problem

Every problem or issue on a project is a challenge. We love facing and solving challenges by finding non-trivial solutions.

Bring elephants into the room

We are open to discussing all the project-related questions in detail, and we expect the same from our clients.

01
How can you assure me that your team will deliver well-designed, well-architected, and well-executed software?

Django Stars has been delivering complex web and mobile solutions since 2008. The research firm Clutch.co ranked us as a TOP Python and Django developer. We’ve launched numerous successful projects and continue to work with our long-term partners. We also contribute to the Python and Django communities and gladly share our knowledge worldwide through Facebook, Dribbble, Medium, and other resources and projects such as DjangoGirls. We participate regularly in global events and constantly increase our in-house expertise. Check out our case studies to learn how we’ve helped our clients and partners grow their businesses. Also, you’re welcome to visit our HQ in Kiev, so we can speak with you in person and show you how we work.

02
What's your main expertise?

Our main expertise is the development of complex web and cross-platform mobile apps. We specialize in Python, Django, React, and angular development. However, we’re not just coders. Our cross-domain expertise allows us to fully understand our clients’ needs and end-users. This goes a long way to help us deliver great products.

03
What does your development process look like?

Long story short:

We start with a pre-development phase, where we clarify and set project requirements and define tasks, priorities and risks. Then we create a task backlog in Jira, prioritize all the tasks and provide estimates. We pick tasks from the top of the backlog for the upcoming sprint (which usually takes 2 weeks). We send you a commitment letter and wait for your approval or suggestions. At the end of the sprint, we show you the result (a demo) and receive your feedback. If we receive any improvement/change requests, we add those as tasks to the backlog to prioritize and estimate them once again. All our billing relies on the timelog report, which we will send to you right after the demo. You may change and add tasks and their priority in the backlog. However, we don’t appreciate sprint scope changes during the sprint. We build your product iteration by iteration, and provide you with a working piece of functionality at the end of each sprint. All the project-related documentation is stored in a Wiki.

04
What is your hourly rate and minimum project budget?

Our hourly rate is $40, and the minimum projects budget is $20.000.

05
What is the minimum team size you start new projects with?

We start new projects with a team consisting of:

  • 2 Backend Engineers
  • 1 Frontend Engineer
  • 1 QA Engineer / Scrum Master


06
How do you deal with on-site visits? Do you expect visits to your office? Do you send your team members to visit clients during the course of the project?

We do both. We prefer on-site meetings in our office, especially during the pre-development phase. During that phase, the team works closely with the client on the project’s requirements, backlog, priority setting, and sprint planning. Also, if necessary, we don’t hesitate to visit our clients at different stages of the project.

07
How do you onboard new projects, and what do you expect from clients in terms of onboarding materials?
  • We start with an introductory call and/or meeting with the potential client to provide all the necessary information about us, clarify their needs and expectations, and obtain the main project details to ascertain the possibility of future cooperation.
  • We sign a non-disclosure agreement and ask you to share with us the all most up-to-date information about your project. That might include a brief project overview, technical specifications, a prototype, a list of main features or any other useful info.
  • We prepare a project proposal, begin the investigation process, prepare a work breakdown structure and Gantt or PERT charts with estimates of effort and costs. We continuously communicate with the client to clarify any additional questions.
  • We sign a contract, form a team, define milestones, set up the environment needed, and start working on your product.
08
How can I control and monitor all the processes related to my project?

We try to make all our processes transparent and easy to control. When you hire Django Stars, you receive:

A dedicated in-house full-service team, driven by the Agile process

  • Iterations with 5-15 day sprints
  • Product and sprint backlogs, regular daily meetings, sprint demo, retrospective, sprint reporting
  • Continuous integration
  • Code reviews
  • Iterative planning and development with continuous review of the project plan and customer expectations
  • A risk-mitigation process to avoid unexpected issues
  • A resource planning process, which helps us achieve constant capacity

Access to our resources (for full control over processes)

  • Jira, to check the progress of each task, leave comments and check the time consumption
  • Wiki, to set or add “project requirements”
  • Slack channel, to discuss any project related details with members of the team
  • Github provides direct access to the code
  • Server and the entire environment
  • Skype – we’re always happy to hear from you
  • InVision

09
Will we have access to and own all the application’s source files?

Yes, you will have access to a Github repository, starting from the first day of development. You will also get all the IP rights and become the sole owner of everything created during the project (such as code, designs, etc.).

10
Can you provide references?

We’re glad we’ve attracted your attention and received your reference requests. Those are a great tool for getting firsthand info. However, we are bombarded with reference requests every day, and we can’t provide everyone who asks with direct contact to our clients. We just don’t feel right doing this. All of them are businesspeople (CEOs, CTOs, VP of Product/Engineering) who are working hard on the growth of their businesses. Instead,check out our profile page on the Clutch.co website. Clutch.co is a Washington, DC-based research firm focused on the technology, marketing, and digital industries. It provides independent, quantitative, and qualitative analysis on leading services firms. It interviews customers, and gathers and organizes the results.

11
Can you do a pilot project for us?

Yes, we can complete a test assignment of an acceptable duration for free. Also, we can launch a pilot project at a reduced fee for the first stages of a project. Those fees will rise when we prove our expertise, show you our approach, the quality of our work, and the speed of delivery.

12
What pricing models do you work with, and what payment types do you accept?

We prefer to work with a Time and Materials contract; however, in some cases, we can offer a Fixed Price contract. Mainly, we charge per person, according to our hourly rates. We accept wire transfer payments to our bank account. Payments are made twice a month and based on the time reports we provide. The time reports include all the task names and hours spent on each task and should be reviewed and approved by the client. Other forms of payments may be also applied, depending on the project type.

13
Are you okay with signing an NDA?

Yes. We are happy to sign NDAs in order to get more information about the project.

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