"Our product team had reached a size where the classic early startup "hustle" (i.e. a couple people huddled around a computer writing as much code as possible) was becoming less practical and effective..."
"...Ben has completely revamped the way that our team plans, scopes, and builds product features. Because he's done so in a way that jives so well with the way our team likes to work, the new habits and processes he's implemented have stuck..."
I'm a software consultant who helps growing development teams to build the processes and technical foundations that meet the demands of their products. I use a mix of technical expertise, management experience, and a teaching background to identify and remove impediments that are technical, process-oriented, or interpersonal in nature.
"...Ben observed, analyzed, and improved our product development processes quickly and effectively. But he didn't simply take a boilerplate process and apply it. He was careful to listen to our team's specific requirements, preferences, idiosyncrasies, and appetite for change and turn that into bite-sized, custom optimizations that made the most sense for us. His work is already worth the investment and will continue to pay dividends far into the future."
Your team is sharp and eager to succeed, but lacks experience. I can bring seniority and order while mentoring your developers' professional growth.
"We asked Ben Wilhelm to come in because our programmers needed expert guidance before making some technical decisions. What we got from Ben was more than just expertise: it was expertise plus organized thinking, clear communication, good humor, and an obviously habitual willingness to listen before advising. We recommend him without reservation, and look forward to the next time we work with him ourselves."
Your team knows their stuff, but they're having trouble shipping product reliably or consistently. I can improve your process for defining and executing on product requirements in a way the makes stakeholders happy and keeps developers free to do what they do best.
"Like any great engineer, Ben is extremely logical and methodical. His rare talent, however, is taking that approach beyond the code and into multiple aspects of a business - team building, communication, productivity, career development, and more."
You have the time and inclination to implement changes yourself, but need help identifying the issues and strategizing solutions.
"He provided valuable feedback and showed a lot of flexibility when it came to my questions. I appreciated that he had enough confidence in myself and my team to push us hard and throw extra challenges at us if we ever seemed too at ease."
You have a single developer who shows promise, but needs some guidance to be able to execute at the level that the job demands. I can work with this person to improve their technical skill and communication.
"He expects a lot from you, but supports you every time you need it--a teacher who can really push his students past their own preconceived ideas of what is possible."