What is a Software Consultant and Developer Anyway?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what a “software consultant and developer” does.

Is that short for a developer who cranks out code to match specifications? Do software consultants just come in and tell me what to do without regard for my project and organization’s needs? Do these contractors even care? And, why would my company consider working with software consultants?

The reason is that, at Atomic, the software consultant and developers are so much more. We are product innovators, tool sharpeners, process geeks, and, of course, skilled developers. We help clients through every stage of their project, and we want you to succeed.

Product Innovators

At the innovation stage, designers, delivery leads, and developers all have a hand in evolving your product. That means we’ll help you figure out where to go and how to get there. Together, we will co-create a strategy for success and map a path through your constraints and project landscape.

Software is inherently technical. A consultant and developer is here to help you navigate the many tools, frameworks, and technologies to find what will fit your business needs.

Tool Sharpeners

Next, developers at Atomic are specialists in finding the right tools. We see codebases of all shapes and sizes. We work in a diverse and ever-growing collection of technologies, and we love to try and learn to use new tools. Over our 20-year history, we have collected many lessons about what works and what doesn’t, and we strive to bring the best to each project. Because of that experience, we can offer ways to modernize your software while ensuring a stable long-term solution.

Process Geeks

Here at Atomic, we are passionate about process. Far too many clients struggle against a broken process and pay the price of inefficiency and ineffectiveness. In contrast, a consultant and developer strives to maximize time and effort by cutting away cruft, using agile processes and test-driven development.

Skilled Developers

And, of course, every developer brings different strengths to the team. Some of us are highly strategic and love to create abstractions and elegant architecture. Others, like me, enjoy efficient execution and a well-crafted codebase. For more information about these core strengths, see my colleague, Drew’s excellent post outlining 6 Developer Archetypes. There is magic in a team with diverse skill sets and a streamlined process. You’ll be amazed at what we can do together.


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