Our most important activity is to really understand what you need: your business, your users, your goals.
Getting this right means we build just enough software to deliver the features your business demands.
We drive out solutions by writing tests that clearly express the behaviour you have in mind.
This gives you confidence in the software you have and the courage to change tack fast.
Featurists love pair-programming and writing tests first, because it produces simple code that’s easy to change.
All this means our software is ready to release at any time, at the push of a button.
Featurist teams are established, cross-disciplined teams who have a track record of successfully delivering software together. They are able to solve problems across the entire technology stack. The effect is that our teams are able to deliver highly integrated features and - because they’re not blocked on other teams for skills - are able to deliver faster too.
Our enterprise clients have come to us with a desire for high quality software and valuable technical insight into their businesses. We’ve been able to develop new features in C# at a rapid and sustainable pace throughout large and complex projects. Our focus on automated testing has allowed our clients to be utterly confident in our delivery of their software.
Node.js is a fascinating platform and we have had the pleasure of using it in a number of our projects thus far. Our team is skilled in producing tested, high quality Node.js code for front-end webapps, HTTP proxies, APIs and a gamut of tools and modules to help us get the work done.
Our test automation outfit are battle-hardened test automation experts who see testing as a fundamental part of the developer role. We take testing seriously and know that it’s more than just ensuring the software still works, we see good large scale tests pull the project together into a stronger more focussed unit.
If you’re struggling with flaky browser tests on any platform we offer a browser automation surgery to get you back on track.
We founded Featurist with the vision of building small teams with distinct abilities and experience who can make an immediate impact when a business decides it’s time to ask for outside help. We previously worked together as independent consultants in large media organisations. Featurists don’t make much fuss about job titles and career ladders, but aspire to being cross-functional team players.
Adrian worked as a consultant software developer in a variety of large companies and startups for a decade before founding Featurist.
Adrian’s experience across sectors from international media to insurance gives him well-rounded knowledge of how business depends on software.
Outside the cricket season Adrian hacks on his .NET web browser automation framework known as Coypu.
Josh worked as a software developer in startups through to massive organisations, eventually specialising in QA and test automation.
Josh was an early adopter of BDD and these days he helps teams adopt those techniques among others, with on-site coaching and training.
Tim is a talented software developer with a love for diverse programming languages and a natural ability to design amazing software.
Tim spent many years as an architect at BBC Worldwide, so he brings to the team unrivalled experience of designing systems that span entire organisations.
When he’s not paragliding Tim hacks on an experimental DSL-friendly programming language called Pogoscript.
If you want to start a new team or even if you want to join one of ours, drop us a line, show us some code and tell us what gets you motivated. We’re looking for experienced all-rounders and enthusiastic apprentices.
Come and pair with us in Clerkenwell one Friday to get a feel for how we work. Or pop along to one of our Tuesday coding dojos. Follow us on twitter for announcements.
In 2012 7digital brought Featurist in to help deliver a key strategic project involving mobile music streaming and subscriptions which impacted nearly every part of the organisation.
Rob Bowley (Director of Technology) on Featurist:
On the technical side Featurist built precisely the right amount we needed and what they did was to an exceptional standard regarding both internal quality and on meeting the requirements. On the operational side Featurist went above and beyond the call of a typical software team. They had an amazing ability to root out and pursue the issues that needed solving up and down the chain of the organisation to ensure we could deliver on time. We owe a huge amount to Featurist and I would not hesitate in recommending them. We have very high standards at 7digital and Featurist regularly excelled.
In 2012 Featurist were appointed to build key components making up Shopa, the social shopping network.
Peter Janes (Managing Director) on Featurist:
We have decided to work with Featurist on a number of large projects because they are the very best at what they do. They are able to provide us with a flexible working relationship and they are able to adapt themselves in anyway that ensures the best results occur. There is a very small group of people who can do what they do and they consistently deliver the highest quality of work. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending their services to anyone.
Featurist were appointed by Euromoney, a FTSE 250 publisher who provide business information for the international finance, law and energy sectors.
Euromoney are investing in a new platform that will transform their business over the next five years. Featurist were involved in the design of key platform components, setting up infrastructure and building the first APIs. We also recruited a great development team to take the platform forward.
Ben Jones, Euromoney CTO on Featurist:
The team we hired from Featurist were dedicated professionals and expert developers. Their commitment to quality and mature approach to Behaviour Driven Development was instrumental in getting a critical project off to a good start and invaluable in maintaining quality over time. Their high standards were also a great help in our recruitment process.
Julian Everett, Platform Architect (Ontoba) on Featurist:
Featurist are highly experienced, exceptionally talented developers who care deeply about the business problems which the end users of the systems they build are really trying to solve. They have developed, and continue to evolve, industry-leading techniques for assuring design simplicity and code quality via the pervasive use of automated tests, and working with them has been a very enjoyable and enlightening experience!
Featurist has provided coaching to various teams at the BBC to lead them through adoption of Behaviour Driven Development.
Our coaches can help your team to take the first step towards BDD, or we can help more experienced teams tackle their most intractable testing problems.
We’re hard at work with our clients across London delivering software every day.
If you have an upcoming project and think you could use our help do get in touch.