5 Ways to Remove Technical Debt From Your Software’s Code

Patrick Turner Product Development

When you’re writing new software, time and budget constraints are inevitable. This can lead to cutting corners with your code, building software with old technology or not designing something as you would if you had more time. In turn, you take on technical debt with the intention of going back and fixing your code later. But new tasks arise, and …

Prioritizing Software Ideas: How to Narrow Down Your Options

Patrick Turner Agile, Product Development

Brainstorming is an important part of the agile software development process. Not only is it the most effective way to generate new custom software ideas for your business, but it also brings the entire team together and gets everyone on the same page.   Brainstorming in an agile environment is cross-functional and involves people from all areas of the company. …

How “Shadow IT” Could Actually Help Your IT Department.

Patrick Turner Outsourcing

When you need custom software developed, you have two options: use in-house software developers or outsource to a software development firm. While your preference is likely to use in-house resources, your development team may not be available and recruiting newstaff will be challenging and time-consuming, especially if there’s a talent gap in your market. Most organizations can’t wait too long …

Software Development Skills Your Partner Must Have

Patrick Turner Agile, Outsourcing, Product Development

Too often, companies overlook key skills when deciding to bring in an outside software development firm. You might hope to increase your IT team’s capacity and capabilities, but doing so doesn’t guarantee you will get a corresponding increase in business value and team productivity. In order to accelerate development and reach your business objectives, you will need more than just increased …

Is Your Innovative Software Idea a Good Investment?

Patrick Turner Outsourcing, Product Development

Your gut is telling you that your business department has come up with a great software idea. But how do you know if it’s a good investment? In a previous article, we focused on the envisioning stage of a software project, in which you define your customer and the problem you plan to solve. Before-and-after exercises help you to quantify the …

Is Your Custom Software Project Ready for an External Team?

Patrick Turner Outsourcing, Product Development

Teaming up with an agile software development firm makes sense for many projects, but certainly not all. In general, here are a few types of custom software development projects you could successfully entrust to a partner: Building a new product Maintaining and supporting an existing system Co-developing a product (using internal and external software engineering teams) Strategic consulting The type of work, however, is only part …

Start with the Right Custom Software Projects When Working with a Partner

Patrick Turner Outsourcing, Product Development

Is your internal IT team unable to meet demand for the innovative software your company needs to grow? One solution is to partner with a software development firm. You may be cautious about working with an external team, especially if you have never partnered with a software developer in the past. Your partner must adhere to deadlines, stay within a budget and meet …

How Partnering with a Software Development Firm Benefits Your Budget

Patrick Turner Outsourcing, Product Development

Partnering with a software development firm offers a variety of financial benefits that could make a positive impact on your company’s budget. Here’s one example: Diesel Direct operates mobile refueling services in 43 states nationwide. They have grown over the years to become the transportation industry’s largest national mobile refueling company.  As the company prepared for growth, they realized the legacy system …