SOURCE: Cyrus Innovation LLC

Cyrus Innovation LLC

August 12, 2009 09:39 ET

Cyrus Innovation Jumps Onto the Inc. 500

Software Development Consulting Firm Borrows a Page From Toyota's Lean Manufacturing Playbook

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 12, 2009) - Cyrus Innovation LLC,, one of America's top Agile software development consulting firms, today announced its inclusion on the 2009 Inc. 500 list, Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Cyrus bounded into the ranking at #231 overall.

Cyrus specializes in providing coaching and custom software development using Agile principles, practices, and software methodologies that in many ways parallel the lean manufacturing theory that has made Toyota so successful -- waste elimination, cross-functional teams and just-in-time processes for the quick, efficient delivery of quality cars. For its clients, Cyrus employs Agile methodologies that rely on close communication with software users, teams of developers who code in pairs, and the delivery of software features in iterations of as little as two weeks. As a result, clients begin capitalizing on the business benefits of software development midstream, rather than waiting until an entire system is built.

"We were a little surprised that we made the list, but even happier to learn we're ranked more than halfway through a list of incredible companies," said Bruce Eckfeldt, CEO and managing director, Cyrus Innovation. "Frankly, our focus has never been on growth for growth's sake, but rather a consistent and unyielding focus on quality and value for our clients. We were amazed that our attention to service got us here."

Started in 2003 by two guys at a table at Starbucks, Cyrus has been profitable since day one and has grown consistently and steadily, leading to a 1000% growth rate over the last three years.

Cyrus follows a well-tested, rigorously selective process to recruit developers. By applying its own client methodology internally, the company has eliminated waste, tapped the analytical abilities of non-HR personnel, and tried unconventional approaches to find the very best software developers. The result is that Cyrus's recruitment process has been cut in half -- from 28 to 14 days -- with a 98% increase in the acceptance rate. Cyrus can now do just-in-time recruiting to meet demand for its services.

About Cyrus Innovation

Cyrus Innovation is one of America's top Agile software development consulting firms. The company uses such Agile practices as scrum, an incremental approach to project management that encompasses short progress steps and teams with cross-functional members; pair programming; daily stand-up meetings to maximize workflow; and kaizen meetings every two weeks to review practices. Founded in 2003, Cyrus has offices in New York City and Boston, and serves midsize to large companies. For more information about Cyrus Innovation, please visit

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