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book iconOur team offers a number of stand-alone services. Our approach to each of these services is to evaluate your team first, make recommendations, and let you know what to expect from each service. We can plot the ideal course for your team’s ever-growing skills and adjust services to bring students into a greater understanding of many core and advanced programming and development skills.


Assessments grant us a clear picture of the aptitude of your students alongside the necessary skills of your workforce. Assessments give you the necessary understanding of your team to make educated management choices in terms of their future. We gauge each of the team members bases on a series of skill tests and rapid question and answer sessions. Once completed, our trained professionals will have a greater understanding of the core dependencies of your team and the where the gaps lie.

Analysis & Design

Analysis and Design are important aspects in understanding the evolution of existing systems and the development of new ones. Teams that Innovate have been involved with well respected framework developers, object-oriented designers, and pattern writers in the field and each have focused on analysis and design of object-oriented systems for years. We specialize in light weight methodologies, specifically those now being recognized as Agile Software Development.

Teams that Innovate specializes in the development of quality systems through the use of frameworks and refactoring, using light-weight programming methodologies (agile practices), testing (pragmatic TDD), refactoring, and adaptive object models. Our agile methods increase production speed, while maintaining adaptability and ensuring quality systems.


As computer and software systems evolve more complexity due to changing business and home user requirements, effective software design becomes more important than ever. As software systems evolve, they often become less manageble, as simple expedient solutions are implemented with no concern for the overall function of the application. Over time this eventually leads to the need for the refactoring of the entire system or the design of a new one. While this cycle is not always inevitable, it’s process can be, if not prevented altogether, at least substantially slowed with the use of proper software architecture.

Teams that Innovate specializes in the development of architecture through the use of frameworks and refactoring, using light-weight (agile) programming methodologies, (pragmatic) testing, and building adaptable systems. Our Agile methods increase production speed, while maintaining adaptability and ensuring quality architecture.

Building Adaptable Systems

Architectures that can dynamically adapt to changing requirement are sometimes called “reflective” or “meta” architectures. We call a particular kind of reflective architecture an “Adaptive Object-Model (AOM)” architecture. It is a model based on instances rather than classes. Users change the metadata (object model) to reflect changes to the domain model. These changes modify the system’s behavior. Adaptive object models support changeable domain modules by casting business rules as interpreted data and representing objects, properties and relationships in external declarations. Adaptive object models also make it easier to allow users to add new rules and features to the system without new programming. This type of architecture is ideal in today’s market of ever-evolving business requirements.

Principles from Teams that Innovate has provided services developing adaptive object models in such industries as the insurance domain, health services, manufacturing, and to financial institutions. Clients such as the Illinois Department of Health and Iron Mountain Fulfillment Services have benefited from the successful deployment of dynamic architecture by The Refactory.

Mentoring & Coaching

0108_JDD_bb_mTeams that Innovate offers highly skilled trainers to help propel your team members through to the next level of programming success. We engage, lead, instruct, coach, and encourage through a highly interactive mentoring program designed with your team in mind. Mentoring can take place in a face-to-face meeting or via electronic communications to lower the cost.

We offer hands-on coaching sessions meant to guide your team. Our Agile approach to teaching comes through in the coaching sessions we offer. We help your team prepare for any code launches, language changes, and more.


Refactoring is the process of changing software without altering its external behavior. Refactoring software to make it maintainable and extendable has become a recognized best practice and has been incorporated into many Agile practices such as Scrum, TDD and XP. Refactoring improves the structure of the design of a system to allow for later extensions or to make maintenance easier. Toward this end, we refactor software in a disciplined way to minimize disruptions and to allow the system to safely evolve.

Teams that Innovate can assist by providing an analysis of your current system, with an eye toward pinpointing “mud” and “code smells.” Our analysis will lead to suggestions for evolving your current system by mentoring, consulting, and training your current team, or we can assist your team by providing the core of your refactoring and collaborating with your internal team on the results. Joseph Yoder, one of the founders of Teams that Innovate, also started The Refactory, Inc. in 1998.