We Train Everyone to Be A Leader
There’s no growth in the comfort zone. Our culture is designed to ensure that we push ourselves beyond our current capabilities.
Our clients hire us so that they can work with the best in the industry — that’s why we have a culture that embraces being uncomfortable — doing things outside of the boundaries of familiarity to evolve and gain new skills.
We look at failure as a learning opportunity and obstacles are discussed openly. We are humble so that we never forget that we can always find ways to become better, even when we are already high performing. We aspire to achieve effortless mastery.
Astra Software Labs is an innovation and engineering company that advises clients on product strategy, engineering, design, and culture, then partners with them to build and launch technology-driven solutions to their most complex problems.
Astra Software Labs is chosen by clients when results matter most — becoming the agent of change, and driving a transformation that involves not only technology, but also people, process and leadership. We believe that the best solutions to complex problems are created through a combination of technology, people, passion, and the scientific process.
Our mission is to dismantle the existing consulting ecosystem and replace it with a distinctive, durable and effective system for transforming the way businesses think about and solve critical problems.
How We Work
Frequent and high-quality feedback is essential to achieving high performance. We embrace a culture where feedback is given frequently and anyone can give feedback to anyone else — someone on another team, someone else’s boss, our CEO. We believe feedback is fundamentally about achieving a shared understanding and giving or receiving feedback is always an opportunity for two-way learning. We don’t withhold feedback and package it all up in an annual review, instead we focus on giving candid feedback in real-time. And, we practice active listening.
We push planning and leadership to the edge as much as possible. We want decisions to be made by the people who are most informed, closest to the details, and best able to utilize their judgement. Decentralized leadership, paired with proactively pushing information up and down the chain-of-command enables us to operate at peak efficiency in nearly any situation and make the right decisions quickly and consistently.
We don’t have one single process we deploy in every situation. Instead our process is customized to the realities and nuances of each individual environment, organization, and mission. The process we ultimately deploy for each project is a culmination of the lessons we’ve learned from past experience paired with industry best practices.
As a distributed organization we are able to pull from a much larger talent pool and bring together a team with very specific expertise. Distributed collaboration forces a higher standard for communication where precision, transparency, and frequency are the rule not the exception.
We objectively assess our true capabilities and set aggressive goals for internal improvement. We measure our performance against ever increasing standards and make regular incremental improvements to the individual, the organization, and our work product.
We practice extreme ownership, a principle where each person takes total responsibility over their world — their work, their team, and the success of their mission. Results are not just the responsibility of the leader, but of each team member.
Everything we do from the customer experiences we design to the code that we write is driven by our passion for making great things. We care about the details and go the extra mile to make work that we take pride in.
Adaptability & Optimism
We believe anything is possible. We step up to new challenges, embrace new ways of working, and tackle new responsibilities — because we aren't limited to our job descriptions, or to finishing last week's plan at the expense of achieving our mission.