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The Trouble With Software Estimation

In an effort to become more consistent with the way our company delivers estimates to clients and to each other, we decided to try an experiment aimed at discovering estimation variability and biases. The results were pretty surprising! The experiment was divided into two parts: Quantitative: team members were asked ...

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Why Great Design Matters To Your Business and Your Customers

In talking with people at events and with prospective clients, I mention the importance of visual interface design when building software and I hear similar responses: "What is the ROI of 'great design'?" and "What does it mean to me? I just need to have an application that works." This ...

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Effective Use of Colour in Website Design

I recently took a course with Human Factors International on effective web and application design. The course covered several aspects of website redesign such as navigation, presentation, website prototyping, accessibility, interaction and content. Choosing the right color is essential to brand the product, sell your products and communicate your message. In this post I will focus on how to select the most effective colors for a website.

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On Browser Caching

In this day and age, you must have ventured out onto the internet, you know what a browser is, and you have done your share of web surfing. Otherwise you wouldn't even be reading this. It always begins the same way: you point your browser to a site, a page, ...

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Tips to ensure your wireframing efforts aren’t wasted in vain

Wireframes are an invaluable tool in our development lifecycle. For those unfamiliar, a wireframe is a low fidelity mockup of the user interface. Wireframes are great because they describe how the user interface (software, web page etc.) is going to look and feel without investing a lot of effort on …

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