Entries tagged value

The Hidden Value of Software Consultants

The hidden costs of having employees, particularly those of the creative class of software developers, significantly drives up the total cost per hour for their work. This article considers the boost a company gets from softer factors like lower attrition rates, cultural cohesion, rigorous time capture, reduction in stress, and an increase in time and attention to more strategic matters.

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Why Outsourcing Yields Successful Projects

Twenty-four years at this game gives you some perspective, as you gaze through your graduated lenses. I started out in a team-based, custom-software-development consulting company. And for the past eight years, I’ve been happily working at another — Jonah Group. In between, I worked for product companies, financial institutions, and …

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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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Good Service, Part III

Good Service has both a subjective, experiential dimension that includes being responsive, honest, and intelligent, and an objective dimension that includes being on time, on budget, and having a full-featured delivery, as promised. This article series is about the less-easily measurable, experiential dimension of Good Service. Part III discusses shared understanding, collaboration, creativity, and the importance of defining a successful result.

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Good Service, Part II

The customer will understandably nervous about hiring you. This may be their first engagement with you, and they don’t know how to do what you do. You have to show them genuine confidence that you know this, and will get the job done right. Confidence is an important aspect of Good Service. Part II of this series on the experiential aspect of Good Service talks about confidence, flexibility, And diversification of your skills.

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