Hi. I'm Loren Davie, a 20 year veteran of software and web development.
Previously I led technology at New York digital agencies HUGE and Cake & Arrow, before starting Axilent in 2011.
I can help you scope, plan, and manage your tech projects, protecting your organization from unexpected problems.
Additionally, I can help you scale out your technology services, enabling you to expand your capabilities to meet your clients' demands.
I work with the tech staff you have, or I can help organizations where there is no tech leadership yet in place.
Let's start the conversation now.
When a project starts to slip out of control, it can be hard to know where to start to fix it. I will swiftly identify the forces and conditions causing the project to struggle, and create an action plan to address it. It can sometimes include some hard conversations, but in the end you'll have a project that's back under your control.
Project risk is cumulative, and failing to manage it can undo the project's profitability. I can create a risk model for your project, identifying risks originating with your process, your team, the project scope, schedule and budget, from technology, and even directly from your client. I will help you create a strategy to identify and mitigate these risks, so you can keep your project on track.
Offshore development resources have become a compelling way to control cost on development projects. While they were the source of many quality problems in the past, these days the processes and tools for managing offshore teams have vastly improved. Nonetheless, there are key practices an organization should adopt to succeed with offshore development. I can assist your organization locate, evaluate, and properly manage offshore development teams.
The inability of a tech team to accurately estimate work time and effort leads to many downstream problems, including mismatched timelines, budgets and much stress. Accurate, continuously updated estimates are a key tool to control scope and keep the work in aligment with the time and resources allocated to it. I will teach you how to create living estimates that incorporate uncertainty where it exists, and can be used from sales, through planning, design and development.
If there is a problem with disorganization within your development process, it can result in difficulty gaining traction in projects, and costly mistakes. I can organize your development process so it runs efficiently and effectively, employing tools and practices to improve both the development process, and the lives of the people involved in it.
Does it seem like tech is from Mars, and everyone else is from Venus? Communication issues between tech and other parts of your organization can result in project issues, lost opportunities, mediocre products and a lot of frustration. I can teach your tech team, and members of other disciplines that interact with it, to find common ground and communicate more effectively.
Technology has a strong role to play in the sales process, but tech staff are often unfamiliar with how to interact with rainmakers. I can teach your tech staff how to work with your organization's salespeople in a way that that strategically reinforces your unique selling proposition. Using techniques like removing risk for the client, articulating potential customized solutions, showing best practices and demonstrating
Getting bigger is the problem you want, but it's still a problem. Techniques for managing five people fail at 10, and what works at 10 fails at 30. I can teach your tech leaders how to bring in just the right amount of structure and process, at the right time, so that you are neither dealing with a tech group in chaos, nor overburdened with premature structure.
Even experienced technologists can use a hand sometimes.
Many senior technology people in organizations start out as developers and are new to management issues. Through regular weekly coaching, I work with your tech leaders to create and reinforce a sustainable, scalable technology practice, solve problems and improve their leadership abilities.
I give concrete, practical advice, and help establish clear goals and objectives for those I coach. Each week I meet with the tech leader, work through issues as they arise, and follow through on progress from the previous week.
Coaching sessions can be done in person (in New York City), or via video conference.
A one-day workshop on how to lead, manage, and succeed at technology projects. (And prevent them from blowing up.)
Managing technology projects is difficult at the best of times. Typically it involves managing risk and unknowns while working in an environment of fixed constraints. The consequences of a project going off the rails can be disasterous for all involved.
In this workshop, I teach:
Hands on Leadership, In House
If you just want someone to take over for awhile, fix problems and set you up for success moving forward, I can act as an interim technology leader within your organization. I focus on specific goals over the course of the engagement, with mutally agreed-upon metrics for measuring success.
I can focus on addressing any of the kinds of problems I outline above (in "I Can Help You With..."), during my engagement. I can also help you search for a permanent technology leader hire, and typically I will write an operating manual for that hire so they are set up for success when they do come on board.
Loren is a pleasure to work with. He is the special type of engineer who is able to express complex concepts in simple terms. He speaks intelligently to both developers and business people...We knew right away that he was the person to take over the work that I had started and to continue growing the company, putting key processes in place, and help find more staff.
- Lon Binder, CTO, Warby Parker
Loren provided great technical leadership, guidance and motivation to a very large technical department at HUGE. He is very sharp and has the ability to work with Business, Creative and Technology to come up with the best direction for a project. I would definitely work with Loren again.
- Lawrence Edmondson, Director of Technology, MullenLowe Profero
At Ai [now Cake & Arrow], Loren had built a reputation for consistently taking ownership of a spectrum of challenges - technical, organizational or otherwise, getting to the core of the concern and creating a solution to handle it. The ease with which he articulates the essential, solves problems and involves his colleagues, coupled with his genuine care for the people around him makes him a particularly valuable individual to know and work with. Personally, Loren's positive energy, wit and encyclopedia knowledge make him a joy to be around.
- Alice Grantham, Senior Interaction Designer, Idean
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