It’s well known that programmers are more productive and do better work when they are focused. This state of focus is called the Zone or the Flow. While in the Zone time seems to stop, the world fades away, and the best work is done. At Alagad we believe that the Zone isn’t limited to an individual, but applies to an entire company. This is why we work with only one client at a time
It’s surprisingly common in custom software development to bring resources into a project only during specific project phases. For example, a visual designer or a quality assurance engineer may only be involved at the beginning or end of a project, respectively.
However, Alagad views software development teams like an orchestra. In every symphony there are points where a particular instrument is not actively playing. These players are not rushed off stage and back again when they are needed. They remain there, counting time, listening, and staying in the Zone. When their time comes to play again they can join in as a cohesive part of a whole – without missing a beat.
To Alagad, the whole team is smarter and more effective than any part of a team.
Projects Get Finished
Our complete focus on your project provides additional benefits. Customers who have worked with other software developers often experience projects that progress smoothly until almost complete. Then, inexplicably, the project seems to get stuck in the mud, unable to reach the finish line. The causes behind this are many and varied. Common causes are change in the project or quality assurance problems. However, more often than not, it seems like developers simply fade off the project.
Why does this happen? It’s quite simple: Custom software is expensive, developers need reliable cash flow, and it takes time to sell new projects. Because of this, firms and independent developers must always work to schedule their next project as their current one is ending. The uncertainty inherent in software development makes this extremely difficult. This leads to a situation where the developers slowly fade off one project and onto another. When this happens neither client has the developers focus and everybody looses.
Alagad’s entire way of doing business is targeted directly at this problem. We can’t fade off of a project before it’s been successfully completed or we risk forfeiting all of our income from the project. Since we share our queue of work publicly, clients can keep an eye on where they are in line and when their project is expected to kick off. Our clients recognize the value in the focus Alagad offers and are willing to wait for it if need be. They recognize that when their project starts they will enjoy the same benefits from our focus. All of it.