At Stucco Software, we've reimagined the Agile process from the ground up. Agile has brought a lot of good to the industry, but while it remains rooted in reactionary processes it can cause teams more harm then good.

We focus on bringing Agile to our contracts and procurement process, not just our project management. Managing the lifecycle of development projects - as well as other open-ended creative endeavors — tends to be an act of wishful thinking more than "planning". Our process allows the work to unfold naturally, and we provide deliverables and transparency every step of the way.

Instead of asking "how much will this cost", we ask "how much is this worth". By framing our contracts around questions of value, we are able to set and keep budgets. Our budgets inform our work schedule, and as that schedule unfolds we commit to delivering something useful every single day – even if it's just a deeper understanding of the problem at hand.

We follow each day with another, until the job is done. In fact, if we get the job done early we refund the remainder of the contract.

Complete Transparency

As part of our transparent process, you'll find below the calculator we use to pitch our rates. These are the numbers we've arrived at, but we invite you to adjust them to what seems fair to you.

Day Rates

You'll work with person from Stucco Software, with a salary of $ . Adding an overhead and profit of $72,600,

? (For each member of our team, we pay % employment tax, and provide a % 401k match. Additionally, we pay $ in health insurance premiums, and contribute $ to their HSA account. We aim for a % profit margin to help Stucco remain healthy and sustainable.)
our gross income target per year is $232,600.

We are able to sell & schedule days of work per year per team member 1, working days per week. So, 1 person working 215 days, targeting a gross income of $232,600, means billing at $1,081.86 per day.

A big project for us is about days and takes in $54,093.02. With 1 people on the project, this puts the calendar time at about 10 weeks. 2

This is a price!


  1. 215 days comes from some rough math around PTO days, sick days, and holidays. We can count 5 days per week. Subtract 25 days of PTO (5 weeks), maybe 10 ish days for holidays (2 weeks) and 10 days (2 weeks) of sick, unsold, or pro-bono work that leaves 43 weeks of billable time per year to cover the whole year. 40 weeks times 5 days per week is 215 days.
  2. This relationship is only so linear. Adding more people doesn't always mean the work gets done faster, and there might end up being blocks of calendar time where we're not working to give you time to review and request changes.