Skookum Digital Works is wicked fast. Speed to market. Speed to prototype. Speed to minimum viable product.
Never is developmental speed more apparent than when I think back to my pre-SDW sales life.
I ran a software company.
And two completely different approaches to solving those same business needs.
Perhaps my impressionable years of growing up in a Parochial school operated by nuns armed with wooden rulers lead to habits that played a role in my partiality for an inflexible, doctrinaire approach to application development.
I thought our 350+ page specifications documents were awesome. I thought our inflexible system produced predictable results. I thought our lumbering process equated thoroughness.
That all changed when I fell in love with Skookum. SDW was the company I always envisioned building.
SDW was nimble.
SDW was able to change course and turn on a dime.
SDW was fast, unfussy, AND thorough.
Importantly, SDW also had a full toolbox. At my .NET shop, we had one hammer, so every problem looked like a nail.
Skookum has its own creative department. Instead of waiting for innovation to come from Microsoft, SDW makes their own. Gone are the square buttons and pull downs of the .NET environment (and expensive licensees), and instead, I can now give clients, chic, state-of-the art solutions emphasizing intuitive design and natural functionality.
I admit it, I've become an Agile convert and enjoy nothing more than winning over clients both former and new. I like showing how they too can be better, faster, and more nimble. Ahead of schedule, and under budget. No fuss, just shipped code.
I used to think complex web-based application development meant one thing—mass.
Now I know I was wrong. Whoever said “Speed Kills…” has obviously never worked with Skookum Digital Works before.