Software Consulting - May 7, 2015

John Weldon Consulting has been around in various forms since 2002.

I started consulting with a few side projects, and between referrals, previous employers, and old fashioned word of mouth, the business has grown into my primary work.

I specialize in web application programming using both the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC and Entity Framework stack, and the Go and Open Source stack.

My standard hourly rate is 120 USD per hour.

With larger fixed bid project work the hourly rate would apply to the time spent in gathering and organizing requirements and features, if that work has not been completed already.

Initial exploratory discussions and meetings where we’re deciding the basic parameters of an engagement are typically complimentary.

Technology

I work in many different technologies. I find myself mostly focusing on back-end infrastructure systems, server side web development, and rich client code in javascript, html, and css.

My platform of choice for web application is Go, the systems programming language developed at Google and also known as Golang. I’m also fond of ASP.NET MVC and C# for Microsoft environments and windows applications and business web applications. On the client side, I have experience with single page apps that are heavy in AJAX and DOM manipulation, but I’m also comfortable with static client side code.

I’m happy to build new web applications from scratch in either technology, and will be able to go very quickly from concept to proof-of-concept, to minimum viable product, to an iteratively improved product. Maintaining and updating projects in either of these platforms is also something I’ve done many times and done well.

I’m also experienced in server-side and systems infrastructure coding.

Process

I’ve built solutions many times over the years with several variations of Agile process. Starting in traditional Waterfall, and then from XP (extreme programming), to Scrum, and Lean / Kanban, I’ve found that every project develops it’s own best workflow based on the experiences and styles of the team members.

In general an iterative approach focused on delivering incremental value immediately seems to have the best results. This approach requires less “Big up-front design”, but requires continual interaction between the developers and those that can guide the product to it’s intended state. We call those guides “Product Owners”, and usually the person filling that role is the key to the success of the project by staying connected with the development process and providing feedback quickly.