I'm a career-long software developer consultant who, back in late 2011 co-founded a humble consulting company named Test Double (testdouble.com). While we've grown a lot over the years, our mission has been constant: improve the way the world writes software by working with clients who are building great things and share a vision for finding ways to make software (and the whole industry) better in the process.
A few highlights follow:
No two client engagements are the same, but in broad strokes we typically start each new client relationship with a pair of our consultants joining one of their engineering teams to ramp up quickly, work alongside them getting things done, and (once we've built some trust) start identifying opportunities for improvement—whether focused on technology, process, or any of the thousand other concerns that go into building a complex software system. We've gradually built a network of clients that love working with us and it's opened a lot of doors to help awesome companies like GitHub, Zendesk, and Gusto build amazing systems and teams.
We started small and have grown steadily over the years by hiring sharp developers and trusting them to do great work and delight our clients. Our folks generally feel a strong sense of pride and ownership over their work, empathize with and adjust to the needs and perspectives others, and continuously strive to improve themselves and their craft. As a result, we trust our "Double Agents" with a lot of autonomy—they're the ones who are closest to the work, so they'll typically have the context to know the best way to solve the problems in front of them.
Because we've been fully remote (across the US & Canada) from day one (which was a little more contentious in 2011 than it is now), we've really learned a lot about building a remote organization and helping clients improve how they manage distributed people and teams.
Finally as of 2020, we're now a 100% employee-owned ESOP. Which is a really awesome way both to share the company's success equitably with our people and also a huge topic in its own right (Some more details from my co-founder and Test Double's CEO here: https://is.gd/td_esop )
Ask me anything!