Your Software Needs. Delivered.
You have a very busy schedule and adopting and using software should not get in your way.
You might use a mouse, keyboard, and monitor at work, then catch up on things with your phone on your train ride home, then grab your tablet or laptop after dinner. Maybe your work computer is Windows, your phone is Android, and your home laptop is a Mac. Your devices are your choice and you choose them based on what you like and how you want to live. We agree with you!
We believe software should fulfill your needs and not limit you based on a single platform or form factor.
What We Offer
We are a Scrum based software and services company. Some, but not all, of the technologies we have development expertise in include web platforms such as WordPress and SharePoint, iOS & Android apps, and Office 365. Our goal is to build great products for our clients and their customers.
We are very lucky to work for Jeff Sutherland and the Scrum Inc team. In building and managing their event, courses, and subscription platform we have been guided by the experts. We meet with Jeff and his team on a weekly basis and are constantly improving our Scrum process. As a result our teams are hyper productive, build awesome software, and maintain happy and satisfied clients for the long term. Oh, and be sure to check out the Scrum Inc site!
Our mission is to leverage the hyper productive nature of the Scrum process to build world class software and provide world class services to our customers.
We follow the Scrum methodology closely and believe in individuals and interactions over processes and tools, working software over comprehensive documentation, customer collaboration over contract negotiation, and responding to change over following a plan. In following with our Scrum culture we believe in focus, courage, openness, commitment, and respect.
How We Work
Product OwnerOur Product Owners hold the vision for our software products. For our services teams our Product Owners act as a proxy and work directly with the main decision maker to define the vision and ensure quality and value.
ScrumMasterOur ScrumMaster’s help the team best use Scrum to build our products and deliver our services.
DeveloperOur Development teams build our products and deliver our services.
Our SharePoint 2013 For Dummies book
Our bestselling guide on running SharePoint, covering all the new features of SharePoint 2013.
SharePoint Portal Server is an essential part of the enterprise infrastructure for many businesses. Building on the success of previous versions of SharePoint For Dummies, this new edition covers all the latest features of SharePoint 2013 and provides you with an easy-to-understand resource for making the most of all that this version has to offer. You’ll learn how to get a site up and running, branded, and populated with content, workflow, and management. In addition, this new edition includes essential need-to-know information for administrators, techsumers, and page admins who want to leverage the cloud-hosted features online, either as a standalone product or in conjunction with an existing SharePoint infrastructure.
- Walks you through getting a SharePoint site up and running effectively and efficiently
- Explains ongoing site management and offers plenty of advice for administrators who want to leverage SharePoint and Office 365 in various ways
- Shows how to use SharePoint to leverage data centers and collaborate with both internal and external customers, including partners and clients
SharePoint 2013 For Dummies is essential reading if you want to make the most of this technology.
Our Office 365 For Dummies book
The information you need to create a virtual office that can be accessed anywhere.
Microsoft Office 365 is a revolutionary technology that allows individuals and companies of all sizes to create and maintain a virtual office in the cloud. Featuring familiar Office Professional applications, web apps, Exchange Online, and Lync Online, Office 365 offers business professionals added flexibility and an easy way to work on the go. This friendly guide explains the cloud, how Office 365 takes advantage of it, how to use the various components, and the many possibilities offered by Office 365. It provides just what you need to know to get up and running with this exciting new technology.
- Examines how Microsoft Office 365 allows individual users and businesses to create a virtual office in the cloud, enabling workers to access its components anytime and from anywhere
- Explains the cloud landscape and how Office 365 uses the technology to provide instant access to e-mail, documents, calendars, and contacts while maintaining information security
- Covers each element of the Office 365 product, including Office Professional Plus, Exchange Online, SharePoint, and Lync Online
Shows how to take advantage of collaboration, instant messaging, audio/video conferencing, and online productivity tools
In the famous, friendly For Dummies way, this handy guide prepares you to get your head in the cloud and start making the most of Office 365.
Our SharePoint 2010 Development For Dummies book
A much-needed guide that shows you how to leverage SharePoint tools without writing a line of code!
The great news about SharePoint is…you don’t need to be a seasoned .NET developer to develop custom functions for it. This book shows you how to use SharePoint Designer, Report Builder, Dashboard Designer, InfoPath, Excel, Word, Visio, and the SharePoint web-based UI to design and develop—without ever writing a line of code! Learn how to customize your site, build SharePoint apps, start social networking, or add Web parts. This straightforward guide makes everything easier.
- Introduces you to SharePoint 2010 components and features, and how you can use them in development
- Explains useful development tools, including document libraries, lists, basic workflows, Excel, Visio, Visual Studio, InfoPath, and Word
- Shows how to tap the tools of business users and analysts, such as SharePoint Designer, Report Builder, and Dashboard Designer
Learn how to extend the functionality of the top enterprise portal and collaboration technology on the market with SharePoint 2010 Development For Dummies.
Our Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies book
Learn to create an effective business strategy using Microsoft’s BI stack
Microsoft Business Intelligence tools are among the most widely used applications for gathering, providing access to, and analyzing data to enable the enterprise to make sound business decisions. The tools include SharePoint Server, the Office Suite, PerformancePoint Server, and SQL Server, among others. With so much jargon and so many technologies involved, Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies provides a much-needed step-by-step explanation of what’s involved and how to use this powerful package to improve your business.
- Microsoft Business Intelligence encompasses a broad collection of tools designed to help business owners and managers direct the enterprise effectively
- This guide provides an overview of SharePoint, PerformancePoint, the SQL Server suite, Microsoft Office, and the BI development technologies
- Explains how the various technologies work together to solve functional problems
- Translates the buzzwords and shows you how to create your business strategy
- Examines related technologies including data warehousing, data marts, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), data mining, reporting, dashboards, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Simplifies this complex package to get you up and running quickly
Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies demystifies these essential tools for enterprise managers, business analysts, and others who need to get up to speed.
Our SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services book
A must-have guide for the latest updates to the new release of Reporting Services.
SQL Server Reporting Services allows you to create reports and business intelligence (BI) solutions. With this updated resource, a team of experts shows you how Reporting Services makes reporting faster, easier and more powerful than ever in web, desktop, and portal solutions. New coverage discusses the new reporting tool called Crescent, BI semantic model’s impact on report design and creation, semantic model design, and more. You’ll explore the major enhancements to Report Builder and benefit from best practices shared by the authors.
- Builds on the previous edition while also providing coverage of the new features introduced with SQL Server 2012
- Explains Reporting Services architecture and BI fundamentals
- Covers advanced report design and filtering techniques, walking you through each design, discussing its purpose and the conditions where it could be more efficient
- Discusses semantic model design, Report Builder, Crescent, and more
- Targets business analysts and report designers as well as BI solution developers
Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services is mandatory reading if you are eager to start using the newest version of SQL Server Reporting Services.
Our SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services book
SQL Server Reporting Services makes reporting faster and easier than ever.
This hands-on guide will show you how to harness the full power of Reporting Services to create reporting and business intelligence solutions that meet your company’s needs.
- Teaches solution architects, designers, and developers how to use Microsoft’s reporting platform to create reporting and business intelligence (BI) solutions
- Includes programming examples focused on specific, scenario-based solutions
The techniques covered in the book will also enable you to take reporting further than you have before and provide your users with real business intelligence.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have found that many questions come up over and over. If you have a question about our Scrum process or how Office 365, SharePoint, or WordPress can be of benefit to you then let us know!
What kind of clients do you work with?
We work with clients large and small all over the world.
What is your turn around time?
We use the Scrum process and strive to provide value right from the start. We don’t believe in spending a lot of time and effort on a lengthy proposal process. Scrum is built on trust and we go above and beyond to gain your trust. We have one week sprints and provide you a demo after every sprint so that you can make adjustments to what we are doing.
You can adjust the backlog of work we are doing at the end of every sprint. Also, if you are not satisfied you can stop work at any sprint with no questions asked. We understand that taking a risk and moving forward with a project can be nerve wracking. That is why you deserve Scrum.
You deserve to see value in the first week and you deserve to be in control of exactly what is achieved. We are fanatic about Scrum because it provides the best experience to our customers.
What if I don't know what I want?
If you don’t know what you want then Scrum caters to you! You might not know what you want now but you will once you see something. We have worked on projects in the past where clients insisted on a Waterfall methodology and tried to define and design everything up front.
They didn’t know what they wanted either but it was only months and months down the road after the project was delivered that they realized what they designed, and what we implemented for them, was not what they wanted.
With Scrum you see something right out of the gate and can make adjustments as we go. We strive to add value from the first sprint and continue adding value until you decide it is good enough and tell us to stop.
What if I have a fixed budget?
We often hear that people are opposed to Agile and Scrum because there isn’t a fixed plan written on paper before any work begins. A paper with a specific amount of money and a specific number of features or ‘things’ is comforting but it isn’t reality. Scrum caters to a fixed budget by agreement that the project will stop after X number of sprints. The difference is that using Scrum we provide results right from the start. If you only have a fixed budget then we all agree we will stop after that many sprints. This is not to say we don’t provide something ‘good enough’ for you before the last sprint in which case you save the difference.
There is an entire course by Alex Brown on the subject called Money For Nothing. The essence being that if we can finish in 6 months and your budget was for 2 years then you pay a percentage of the saved amount of budget to us and we stop the project before the set number of sprints we agreed. We would definitely recommend checking out the Money For Nothing concept on http://www.scruminc.com.
What does ASAP mean?
It is often the case in a project that stakeholders will need something ASAP. We deal with ASAP by adding those stories to the very top of the Product Backlog. Since the story is at the top of the backlog it is guaranteed to be in the next sprint. Our sprints are one week in length, so the longest a stakeholder will have to wait for action is one week.
On rare occasions there is something that is urgent. For an urgent item we interrupt the sprint and have the team stop other items and deal with the urgent item. This has a high cost in velocity since the team is disrupted. Even if the interrupt is for a small “simple” item the consequences for the work that was committed in the sprint are large.
When the development team is interrupted it is common that they will not be able to finish the commitment of the sprint unless they start pulling “all night’ers”. We understand there are urgent items so we have this big red button called a Sprint Interrupt that we try not to use. We like to think of a Sprint Interrupt like a fighter pilot thinks of the big red eject button. It is there in case of an emergency but you wouldn’t want to make a habit of pushing it.