Big Aerospace Company

How we collaborated with smart people to make building planes smarter.


Design and




UI, UX, Development

We built planes with software

Ok, so maybe we didn’t actually build any planes, but we played a critical role in helping to digitally innovate the process of building planes that move millions of people every year.

In an industry not known for its digital innovation, we had the pleasure of being invited to collaborate with driven engineers and leaders with a thirst for disrupting the status quo. By the time we arrived, the stage had been set. Our job was to help our client deliver data-driven groundbreaking web apps to serve everyone from factory floor workers to the C-suite with real-time, mission-critical insights.

Legacy systems are (often) non-negotiable

While it’s a pleasure to write greenfield code, it can be a luxury to start from scratch. There’s almost always some form of legacy dependency when working with clients that have a massive infrastructure. In this case, we inherited a substantial amount of legacy code and data that required us to plunge in, up to our collective eyeballs, to untangle the value of what was there.

A key characteristic of all Helpful Human team members is the ability to engage complexity courageously. Although it may seem strange to characterize it this way, we liken it to going into battle - blood (sweat and tears) can be shed in the process of untangling decades of data and infrastructure in the pursuit of rescuing the fair-haired maiden of transformative outcomes! Ok, we took that too far but it’s a vivid and accurate word picture.

A suite of apps that deliver value

The outcome of our collaboration with our client is a suite of integrated apps that assist factory floor workers in the assembly of planes, analyze and edit production models used by managers and the c-suite, and provide predictive data analytics to help reduce delays in the production of aerospace products.

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