The goal of this presentation is to highlight the successes in applying modern development practices that tend to be regarded as “too much overhead” for small development teams. I was one of those nay-sayers. This presentation is a journey in moving an overburdened development team into a more efficient environment where regular progress is made and realistic expectations in timelines become possible. I plan to cover topics such as agile project management, application design strategies, version control, unit testing, and all the reasons why these globally common practices are well worth buy-in at a developer and managerial level. Given time constraint on presentation length, the depth of technical discussion will be relatively shallow. As I progress through the talk, I plan to use a recent development project for illustrative purposes. By not diving too deep, the discussion can instead focus more on proving that these processes do have real return on investment for developers and project managers alike.