Turnbull knew crew scheduling challenges could be reduced—if not eliminated—through a technology-driven solution that would increase efficiencies and improve communication by bringing builder and subcontractor schedules together in a dynamic way. It’s no secret that construction innovation is going into the building processes and materials themselves, and less on the technology and management side. Information coming in from contractors was either wrong or didn't arrive at all. A typical contractor is still using paper calendars, whiteboards and google calendars to manage subcontractor schedules for multiple job sites. None of these methods effectively communicate the scheduling to the stakeholders involved.
The app’s features would need to improve upon the existing whiteboard-ing practices commonly used by construction teams. And because innovation in the construction sector often lags behind other industries, Turnbull knew team leaders would need to experience the app’s business benefits as quickly as possible in order to overcome potential reticence to embrace new technology. AppEvolve’s expertise in Django/DRF, Vue.js, PostgreSQL on Docker, Amazon EC2/S3 and Progressive Web App (PWA) technology proved integral to CrewBoss’s successful development. Within a few months, we developed a demo version of CrewBoss, as well as a website and an explainer video.
With the demo version complete, Turnbull was able to launch the beta version of CrewBoss at one of his industry’s biggest events—the National Association of Home Builder’s International Builder Show (IBS). At the event, CrewBoss secured 10 initial subscribers to review the app and provide critical early feedback.
Since the app’s beta launch, Turnbull and AppEvolve have continued to refine CrewBoss, based on their own testing and the response of early users. Turnbull is now able to seek seed round funding and is preparing to formally launch CrewBoss at the next upcoming IBS event.