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Software Development
Designers discuss sketches of a house
Planning to develop custom software is like planning your perfect home. As I look back on almost fifteen years of helping business leaders develop custom software, I can see how much my thinking has evolved. I used to avoid the “building software is like building a house” analogy because there are places where it breaks...
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Man and woman ask questions
Building software effectively requires both skill sets. Thanks to recent trends like the popularity of the open source movement and e-learning, people who never considered themselves innovative are bringing new products to market. These natural problem-solvers tend to start by asking questions like “just out of curiosity, how much would it cost to build something...
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Woman with computer, smart phone, and credit card
…while you’re still discovering what you need A software program can range from a few lines of code to a few million, but if you’re thinking about hiring a software team you are probably wondering how much it will cost. Even if your business is well established, there’s a good chance you have a budgetary constraint,...
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Are you sure you know what you need to succeed? When I started working in software 11 years ago, I built the innovative applications my clients said they wanted. I quickly learned that even though they typically knew their industry, they didn’t know what they needed out of their software. It’s not a dig. It’s...
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How the Best Product Owners Use Data to Build the Best Products Ever wondered how some companies consistently build features that you couldn’t live without but never knew you needed? It seems like magic, some sort of product manager voodoo that can only be tapped if your last name is Zuckerberg, Spiegel, Hansson, or Dorsey. The rest...
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Mindbox has been working with clients since 2006, but only in the last few years has storytelling become central in our day-to-day routine. Of course, storytelling is not new to the software industry. Agile teams have long used user stories to describe software functionality. Here are three reasons why Mindbox decided to take a story-based approach to software. 1. Stories are easy to tell...
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