An "Out-of-the-Box" Solution Shop for a Complex World


This past Wednesday, Wichita heard about an alternative approach to your run-of-the-mill software development shop. CEO and co-founder, Maggie Schoonover, took the podium at 1 Million Cups Wichita to educate the audience about our mission:

  • Elevating software development standards in Wichita
  • Educating businesses about complex product development, and
  • Empowering young & immature talent

Maggie Schoonover presenting at 1 Million Cups

But what does that look like?

All business owners want to ensure that resources are being used wisely, especially when it comes to building new software applications and tools to help the business run better. In today’s tech-driven world, it’s hard to figure out which direction to go to accomplish these goals and stay within budget. With the barrage of new frameworks, coding languages, and third-party tool sets to choose from, how do you tell what is the best technical solutions roadmap for you and your needs?

Many businesses choose to hire an internal development team, but more often this looks like a single tech lead. This individual becomes responsible for determining what to build, how to build it, and when it will be done. This approach also assumes one individual has the skills needed to develop for all of the company's needs (including user interfaces, application layers, digital security, devOps, etc). Even when you account for the cost of salary, benefits, tools, and equipment, the largest piece of this kind of internal overhead is left unaddressed: what happens if they leave? Who takes over when your developer is sick, absent, or on maternity leave? A business owner in this position is left hoping that the developer they've trusted with the lifeblood of the company didn't abandon them with a code base they now have no way of maintaining. Adding additional members to your team can help alleviate some of this concern -- two heads is better than one, right? Although, this still assumes they have the time, resources, and skills to consistently deliver high quality, high value products in line with company goals.

This is where we can help. Instead of trying to manage all of that internally, Smash Dev Shop consults with business leaders to help determine true business needs and present additional solutions for your company. We provide customized approaches, since no one answer fits everyone. We also have our own development team ‐ so if you need something built, we can build it. But let's say you already have a rockstar team ‐ we help with that, too. All teams could use a little retraining from time to time to keep their skills sharp and their teamwork game strong. With certified Scrum Masters and Scrum Product Owners on call, we facilitate teambuilding in several ways:

  1. One-on-one mentorship for new Scrum Masters and Product Owners
  2. Team mentorship
  3. Agile transformations
  4. Scrum overviews for business leaders

For all these reasons, Smash Dev Shop is the perfect "CTO In a Box" solution for many companies.

The next time your business is stuck trying to figure out what to do next when it comes to software solutions, think outside the box -- with Smash Dev Shop.