Digital Focus Inc. plans to hire about 11 people in the next three months. Dianne Morse Houghton, chief executive, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
QWhat does your company do?
AWe develop custom software applications and also provide IT coaching and consulting. Most of our clients are in the Fortune 50 group. What makes us different is that we provide all of our services using Agile software development techniques. Agile is an umbrella term for a lot of tools and techniques that make software development much more flexible. You develop in a way that allows you to put code out there in two- to four-week increments, so every couple of weeks the client can see the software you're building. It really turns software development on its head because you start delivering in two-week increments. You end up being able to build something that better fits the client's needs at the end of the project rather than what they thought they needed at the beginning. You also have more interaction between the users and the IT group that's building the application.
What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?
It's being part of the team mind-set that really builds and defines us. We're smart, we're fun, and we're very good at what we do. The thing that's very attractive to folks is our focus on Agile. We provide what is still a rare opportunity for folks to learn and apply these techniques. The result of that is projects that are much less stressful and more creative for them.
Who owns your company?
Investors and past and present employees.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
We have been around for 10 years. We have a consistent client base, a consistent employee base and very good financials.
What are the demographics of your company?
Company-wide, we're 20 percent female and 40 percent minority. Within the 10-person senior management team, our chief executive and president are female and there are no minorities.
What positions do you have available, and what level of expertise do you want?
We're looking for one business analyst and one Web designer, each with four-plus years of experience, six software engineers with six years of experience, two project managers with 10 years of experience and one software architect with 12-plus years of experience. All of the Agile work is done in team-based workrooms, so it really is important that all the folks joining us are able to work in the creative, but a little bit chaotic, environment of the team room.