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Dave Aronson 
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The Codosaurus
(by Fanie GrĂ©goire)

Codosaurus, LLC

Software Development Consulting

What can I help you evolve today?

Services: Advice

This means working not so much with the developers as their leadership (not to be confused with management), to determine what tools, techniques, processes, etc. would be most effective (within a reasonable budget).  Of course I may also need to confer with the developers to see what they already know, object to, etc., and get their "take" on the current and desired situations.

How Does It Work?

If you definitely want the smallest size (aka "Pterodactyl's Eye View"), we arrange a date and time, you send payment, we talk for up to two hours, end of story.  I do no research beforehand, let alone afterward, and you get no written report.  For the others, read on.

First, you send me some generic information.  I email you back, asking some more questions.  Some of these are generic, and some are follow-ups to what you said.  There may be some more back-and-forth.  This is all to make sure that we make best use of our limited time together.

If we determine that my advice services are a good fit for you, we determine what "size" of advice you need: Medium aka "T. Rex Tour", Large aka "Pliosaur Plunge", or something customized.  Then you send in your deposit, and we set a date, time, and place (which may be virtual).

When that time comes, you and I and some people from your development team's leadership, and possibly some other developers, talk for some length of time (see the table below).  During this time, we discuss what challenges you're facing, what unique strengths and weaknesses your team has, what sorts of things you're planning to have them work on, what you're doing now, what you've tried, how that worked, and so on.  I may also observe your current processes, meetings, tools, etc. in action, especially any planning/review meetings, issue trackers, source control repositories, and team communication or other collaboration facilities.

About halfway through, we'll check our progress, to see if you feel that we are on track to cover everything you need.  If not, we'll discuss options such as covering a broader area but in less depth, staying more focused, changing direction, taking more time now (if I'm available), scheduling an additional session for later, and so on.

At the end, we'll check coverage again, to see if we're really done discussing, or if we need to take more time now or schedule additional sessions.  We may need that to go into more depth, examine new ideas, discuss something we skipped, or other reasons.

After our discussion, I do some more research (in line with the size) to close up any gaps, maybe ask you some more questions by phone or email, and finally send you a report.  What's in the report varies by the size, as shown in the comparison table below.

You then have 20 days to send me the other half of the payment, plus any expenses.

Which Size is Right for Me?

Don't bother asking your doctor.  (Nor your paleontologist, if you have one.)  Here is a handy guide to the differences:

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Eye View
T. Rex
(Small) (Medium) (Large)
  • We exchange info about your situation by email, and I do some research.
We set a date and time, at which I discuss it with up to this many of your people, preferably developers, especially the leadership: 1 4/day 5/day
  • remotely (by phone, Skype, Google Hangouts, or whatever)
  • or in person (at your office or wherever else we agree on)
for up to this long: 2 hours 1 or more work days 1 or more work weeks
  • including observing how your team works now
  • and working within your team.*
  • Then I do more research, maybe ask you (or others) some more questions (by phone or email), and write up a report,
including recommendations:
  • on processes, techniques, and tool types
  • tailored to your project and staff
all for: $498 $4,998
per day
(plus expenses)
per week
(plus expenses)

*Ideally, "working within your team" would include both on-site and remotely, if you have both, plus attending all types of meetings.  See the Skills page for my current technical skills.  However, I can observe a lot about how your team works, without knowing the specific technology stack.

If there's anything else you need, just ask.  Otherwise, you can go ahead and submit your inquiry.