Friday one of Volano’s former developers dropped in to say ‘hi’ and play a couple of games of darts with the team. Doug Dawson was one of the first class of developers who helped Volano in its early days and it was great to have him back. Friday culminated a long week and our team worked hard. Inevitably cocktails began for some an hour or two before the usual 4-4:30 time frame. One cannot overstate the cathartic necessity of that Friday happy hour when you imbibe with your peers, play good music, tell jokes and play a unifying game of darts. Software developers seems to get unfairly categorized into a personality type, but it seems that the only thing our people have truly in common is a passion for their work and a good sense of humor. Doug blended in as if he had been gone for 3 days, not 3 years.
Benefits of Working for a Small Shop
Working in small, growing businesses can be exciting and challenging. In the larger organizations where I’ve worked, people naturally gravitated toward segmentation and silos, a problem that can dilute your company culture and also get in the way of workflow and efficiency. Volano Solutions has 14 (soon to be 15) employees and we all work in a collaborative space. Like many small businesses, we wear a lot of hats and look for people who are resourceful, creative and easy going. We share knowledge and subject matter expertise to help on client projects and advocate access and communication. By necessity many larger businesses need to be process-oriented to scale growth but this often creates an unavoidable level of bureaucracy that can intimidate and frustrate ideas and breed in-house politics. That dynamic simply does not exist here. Having Doug come back to visit us was validating. We are proud of our humble roots and excited about the future here as we continue to delight clients, land custom software development work and add clients to our mobile app product line Steelwool and Action Card.
January 19, 2021
Software development is a team-based endeavor because of the complexity involved in launching a new system. Gone are the days when one developer can be point on the whole back-office software stack. It now takes multiple specialized roles to (appropriately) fulfill the software delivery lifecycle. A typical software project requires: Leadership Product management Project management […]
January 13, 2021
One definition of rot is the process of deterioration. Something that decays over time. By this standard – software rots like food in the Nebraska heat. It’s true. If your software isn’t regularly updated, it deteriorates and breaks down. Consider this – software is written to work at a moment in time…but time marches on. […]
January 4, 2021
OMAHA, NE, January 4, 2021 – In late 2020, Volano Solutions announced it has changed its name to Volano Software and launched a new website: www.volanosoftware.com. The name change was made to more accurately reflect what the company does, and the website was designed to be more informative and user-friendly to clients and prospective clients […]
June 2, 2020
According to LinkedIn technology (software) has a higher overall turnover rate than retail. With that, it isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when. Volano has engineered a culture of “by developers, for developers” and this helps our retention. In fact, most of the folks that work at Volano have been here +5 […]
June 2, 2020
It is hard enough to build a successful business, and few want to invest time and resources into worrying about an Intellectual Property Assignment. But alas, you must do your homework. Fortunately, we make it easy for Volano customers. When asked – “Who owns the software and IP for my project?” – it is an […]
May 28, 2020
Many of us remember the grade school game Telephone. It was funny to see how a simple message would get garbled as it was passed along from person to person. But it’s not as funny when that message is a critical business requirement that will be turned into software that will power your business. Yet, […]