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OUR COMPANY + PEOPLE

Developrise is an Award-winning software development agency specializing in applications, CRM, custom software, and design.

You can easily describe Developrise’s clients as the following:

  • Non-technical business owners or key people with titles like: CEO, President, COO, Director of Operations, or sometimes Director of Technology or CTO
  • Technology-frustrated businesses – outgrown their current systems/process or need to improve what they already have
  • Mostly service-based businesses that see custom software as a competitive advantage
  • Established small and mid-sized businesses with anywhere from 10 to 800 employees

We’re not “order-takers” and we don’t just “build-to-spec.” We actively engage in finding the best solution and owning projects, end-to-end. Our reputation has been built on quick delivery and spot-on solutions.

We’re best suited for these types of engagements or relationships:

  • New development – “idea to MVP” or “MVP to version 1”
  • Dedicated software team – fractional software department
  • Legacy takeover and remodels
  • Project rescues or turnarounds
  • Boosting existing teams – augmenting existing teams with shared values

We don’t do the following:

  • Build-to-spec
  • Just development or just QA – with us, we bring the whole team so it’s all or nothing
  • Put our people on-site with our clients
  • Provide warm bodies for companies to fill seats – find a staffing firm for this
  • Contract-to-hire engagements – again, find a staffing firm for this

  • Strategy – helping you answer the question, “what exactly should I build?”
  • Design – creating appealing, easy-to-use interfaces that delight your users and make your company look great.
  • Development – writing and testing code that runs smoothly, gets the job done and is reliable day after day.
  • Quality Assurance – ensuring that we’re always building the right thing and it works securely across multiple platforms.
  • Deployment & DevOps – getting your product to your people with minimum hassle.
  • Hosting & Monitoring – keeping things running smoothly and securely once it’s deployed.
  • Ongoing Support – keeping your product in top shape and responding to your needs quickly with your own dedicated, fractional software team.

Developrise has a strong, well-rounded team of 11 people.

100% of our employees work in our office in Farmington Hills, MI. We have a network of partners that work across the Detroit as well. We never outsource or offshore any of our work.

Our vetting process includes 4 steps:

1. Coding Exercise – this weeds out about 80% of all applicants
2. Best-Fit Phone Interview
3. Reference Check
4. In-Person Interview

When hiring developers, we focus on finding people who (1) would program even if it wasn’t their job, (2) can learn and apply new, or foreign, concepts quickly under pressure and (3) have a strong grasp of computer science fundamentals.

Naturally, different people have different interests. Over time, each person becomes “T-shaped,” developing their own specialty in one area (ex: security or front-end or SQL optimization). This means that collectively, our team is fluent in many languages, technology stacks, and specialties.

Our culture is best described as open, friendly, and fast-paced.

  • People are direct in their communication, have full autonomy over their time, and management maintains full financial transparency at all times.
  • Everyone is involved in company activities (like our quarterly wellness adventures) and many people hang out socially.

A healthy culture is incredibly important to everyone at Developrise. While our culture is influenced by every new person we hire, it’s built on the foundation of our core values and core purpose. We believe if your core is strong then you don’t need lots of processes, procedures and rules in place. In general, if we take care of our clients and each other then the rest will take care of itself.

Our core purpose, or the reason Developrise exists is to create life changing opportunities through technology.  Some examples of this include:

  • Helping our clients reach their full potential, however they define success.
  • Giving students real-world experience they wouldn’t otherwise gain.
  • Creating a work place and culture that supports people’s personal goals.

Our core values permeate our very way of thinking and doing things on a daily basis. They include:

Dedication to every person’s long-term success.

  • You care intensely about the success of Developrise and our clients (no matter their size).
  • You inspire others with your thirst for excellence.
  • Your passion to see others succeed means you go “above and beyond” to help your colleagues and clients without ever being asked.
  • You take the long-term view when evaluating possible outcomes with your clients and peers.

Solutions that are meaningful to those we serve.

  • You re-conceptualize issues to discover practical, useful solutions to hard problems.
  • You identify root causes and get beyond solving the symptoms.
  • You smartly separate what must be done well now, and what can be improved later.
  • You take on grand challenges, as well as everyday improvements, with the same enthusiasm.
  • You take informed risks and aren’t afraid to champion new (sometimes unpopular) ideas.
  • You exercise good judgment to make wise decisions despite ambiguity.
  • You challenge prevailing assumptions when warranted, and suggest better approaches.
  • You keep Developrise and your clients nimble by minimizing complexity and finding time to simplify.

Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships.

  • You listen well instead of reacting fast so you can understand.
  • You’re known for candor and directness, even when your ideas are controversial.
  • You are quick to admit mistakes.
  • You only say things about your colleagues and clients that you will say to their face.
  • You preserve trust even when formal relationships end.
  • You always follow through and do what you say you will do.
  • You rely on your colleagues to do the right things.
  • You demonstrate consistently strong performance so colleagues can rely upon you.

All our people get paid to learn and share. This includes reading relevant books, going to industry conferences, attending and speaking at local meetups.

We regularly hold lunch ‘n learns at the office so our people can learn from each other. We also pay for every employee, at any time, to attend training courses on Scrum, project management, engineering best practices, good design, and business strategy.

Our Developrise people bill an average of 30-35 hours of their time per week.


OUR SERVICES + EXPERIENCE

Absolutely. We believe checking references is an important part of the buying process. We usually send over references after we determine that we’re a good fit for you and your project.

If new software – we’ll work with you through our pre-project consulting process to size up your project and then move forward with a Research, Design & Planning engagement. After RDP, we’ll begin development of your software. You’ll be involved every step of the way.

The typical size for each project team is 2-3 developers. Each project team is supported by UI/UX designers, software testers, managers, and cloud engineers. With each development team sharing support resources, we’re able to reduce project costs for clients. We’re also able to make developers more efficient by ensuring they spend their time writing production-level code, not messing with other tasks.

Communication between project teams and clients is not limited to interactions with the Project Lead. Every member of the Developrise team is empowered to communicate with our clients. It’s common for phone calls and emails to be exchanged throughout the work week between Developrise teams and their clients.

Every project team at Developrise is assigned to a team email. Below is a summary of all formal communication methods that will occur throughout the project:

  Purpose
Weekly Status Update Outline the following: what was worked on last week, what’s happening this week, any questions/issues, status of the project

Weekly Call This should be a standing call every week that’s scheduled upon kick-off. The purpose to touch base and talk through any issues, get answers to questions, check-up on action items, or gather feedback.

Release Notice This is an email notice sent by the Team Lead or PM to the Client outlining what’s happened since the last build and what’s ready for testing and feedback.

QA staff is involved from the Day 1 and test plans are put together at the beginning of projects. Testing happens throughout the project, not just at the end. We also practice code reviews and pair programming to ensure that quality code is being written at all times.

Yes. We believe open, transparent communication is the cornerstone to successful software projects. You’ll always know what’s happening on your project and you’ll be in constant contact with your team. It’s not unusual for our Project Leads to call their clients several times a week. We also provide weekly status updates and regular releases on a staging site to keep you in the loop.

Software is rarely “done.” We know that our clients and their users will continue to have great ideas throughout the process and after the initial delivery. As your business changes, your software will need to evolve and adapt.

It’s common after the first release to pause on building features for a bit and focus on enhancements or fixes to drive user adoption.

We expect clients to be actively involved in their projects. You are the one bringing the expertise about your business and market to the table. Without that, we have no idea if we’re building the right thing. Involvement includes weekly calls or meetings and availability via phone during normal business hours.

Developrise has a broad skillset, which gives us the power to explore options and select the best languages, platforms, and tools for each job. We do about 80% of our work with these:

• Web – ASP.NET Core (C#), PHP, Node.js, ReactJS, AngularJS, HTML5, Bootstrap, Sass
• Mobile – iOS, Android, Cordova
• Desktop – Java, Microsoft WPF (C#)
• Embedded – C, C++
• Database – PostgreSQL, SQL Server, MySQL

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Law Firms
  • Energy Services
  • Real-estate: Commercial & Residential
  • Media & Gaming
  • Many more…

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