You’ve got an idea for a product and you’ve decided to hire a software house to help with the development process.
To make the most of the collaboration, however, you should be mindful of the potential challenges that can come up even in the most successful partnerships and be prepared to counteract them.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of identifying some of the problems you might be dealing with as a software outsourcing client and how these two roles can help you find relevant solutions.
Over the past decade, I’ve worked with founders from across the world, helping them build their MVPs (Minimum Viable Products).
Regardless of whether you create an MVP for a startup, a medium-sized company or an enterprise-level business, there are certain anti-patterns you need to steer clear of.
To help you avert easy-to-spot and avoidable mistakes that have sunk countless other businesses, I’ve prepared a list of five of the most common one to look out for, together with ways to solve them.
The right way to start building your digital product is to rely on the knowledge and experience of those who develop software projects on a regular basis.
But how do you go about using that expertise to your advantage? We recommend going through discovery workshops.
Read on to learn:
- What are discovery workshops? What can you expect from the process?
- Why should you take part in discovery workshops? What are the benefits for you?
- What are the best practices for discovery workshops? What questions should you ask to get the most out of them?
“What is the value of a Scrum Master?”
This question may very well be on your mind if you’re about to sign a software development outsourcing contract and need to decide on team composition.
Paweł Jurdeczka—one of the most experienced Product Owners and Scrum Masters at STX Next—sat down with me to solve the mystery of the elusive Scrum Master and dispel any doubts about them once and for all.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the role of Scrum Master and the value they introduce to your team.
It’s okay to be a little nervous when you first start working with an outsourced development team.
After all, ordering a remote team to code for you can feel like putting your eggs in some mysterious basket. Hidden in a black box. Hundreds of kilometers away. And still expecting a return on investment!
But it doesn’t have to feel that way. No matter the time or space, a remote team can work with you almost as closely as if they were right beside you.
In 2018, software houses have the tools and proven practices to make that happen.
When you select software professionals to work with, you want them to know their game. You may go through tens or hundreds of their previous projects, but you are still vulnerable. You are out of your area of expertise and you are about to face the first challenge: signing a contract.
We’re here to help you tackle this challenge. This list will help you spot the most common traps in software development contracts. Click to learn how to avoid copyright issues and ensure a fair and productive relationship.
Team composition is one of the key aspects you need to consider when launching a software development project.
The value of some roles is clear from the get-go. For example, developers and testers write and test the code, respectively. However, roles such as Product Owner or Scrum Master are a little less straightforward.
So why do you need a Product Owner?
That’s the question we’ll be answering in this article, from both your perspective and the perspective of your development team, highlighting the potential benefits.
Transitioning to agile software development brings with it a set of new roles and concepts which can be a bit murky at first. One of those roles is the Product Owner.
If you’re looking to hire a software development company, they’ll recommend adding a Product Owner to your team, and for good reason. If you feel like you can do without one, read on; you might change your mind once you discover the many responsibilities that the PO can take over to facilitate development and improve your product.
You can start by closing your eyes.
It might seem that software development and predictable results go together like fire and water - which is to say, not at all. Your developers might hit unexpected snags, productivity varies between Sprints and it's difficult to say how much exactly will be done, and when.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Introducing: burndown charts.
A burndown chart enables the monitoring of work progress in a Sprint and in a product release by clearly visualizing the difference between the actual and forecasted effort.
SuttaCentral approached STX Next for support with a website collecting early Buddhist texts and their translations. They wanted their product to be easy to access, simple to use, and available to all.
To that end, we helped the client build a Progressive Web App to provide them with offline functionality and a mobile component.
As a Product Owner, working with SuttaCentral has been an absolute highlight of my professional career. This is a story of the deciding factors that made our cooperation a glowing success.