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What does an Agile scrum master do? (And how can you get the most out of working with one.)

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If your organization is getting started with an Agile software development project, you can expect to be working closely with an Agile scrum master. This person plays a very important role in the development process and will be both your right hand and your window into the work the Agile team is doing on your project. If this is your first Agile project, however, you might have some questions about what a scrum master is, and how you should be working with them.

5 things to look out for when implementing Agile for the first time

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Agile adoption is at an all-time high. According to last year’s State of Agile report, 97 percent of participating organizations are running some kind of Agile development, while several reports indicate that Agile software development is now the norm. Agile may be increasingly popular, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to have an easy time implementing it in your company. Any change is often met with resistance — even changes that are good for your organization and projects.

5 Things Successful Custom Application Development Projects Have in Common

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Your company is going into a major software development project. You’re investing a lot of time and resources into the project and the application you’re developing is critical to your business’s success. How do you make sure the project is a success? While no one can guarantee success in development, there are some things you can do to ensure that your custom application development goes as smoothly as possible.

Learning from Failure: 6 Common Pitfalls in Software Development

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After a custom application development project wraps up, it's helpful for everyone involved to come together, talk about the project and find closure. This meeting is called the Retrospective, and it is critical for a team, so they can learn from their mistakes and improve. Often, retrospection is a celebration — software development is difficult, complex and a completed project is an accomplishment. You’ll high-five your team, talk about what made this project successful and modify your process so that you can repeat your successes next time.

What’s the worst that can happen when you cheap out on IT consulting? Let us tell you.

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Your company has a big project coming up: a mission-critical application your company wants to launch three months from now. It’s your job to decide who is going to build the software. You’ve got a lot of choices: there are a range of technology consulting companies who submit proposals to you for the project, from offshore companies to brand new consulting groups to local established technology consultants. It’s a tough decision but because your leadership has made it clear that having the project done on or under budget is very important. Therefore, you offer the contract to the technology consulting company with the least expensive proposal.

Should You Choose Agile or Waterfall Project Management? Watch Our Webinar

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When you’re going into a software development project, you usually have two choices when it comes to managing the project. You can choose to manage the project using a traditional methodology like Waterfall, or you can choose to use Agile methodology.

What are Microservices and Why Do You Need Them?

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Your company is running a major application that’s central to your business and it’s time for an update. It’s a small change — just one piece of the app needs a refresh — but everyone is dreading it. Why? The software was built as one big application, changing one piece of the code may mean that other code will break. It’s like playing dominos — each fix means something else could break. It should be a simple update but everyone involved knows that it’s probably going to be a project.

Agile or Waterfall Software Development: Why You Don’t Need to Choose One or the Other

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Your organization is going into a big software development project. The development work you’re doing is crucial to your company’s mission. Maybe you’re doing mobile application development for your customers to use or maybe you’re developing custom software that will be used internally. Whatever your software development project is, you now have an important question to answer: How do you manage the development process? Do you use a traditional software development method like Waterfall or do you use Agile methodology?

7 questions to ask before building your custom software product

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You're starting to build software for your organization. It's a big project and you've got a lot of ideas about how it will work, who it will serve and how you want it to look. It's an exciting time but before you go any further, it's time to stop and ask yourself some important questions. Software and custom app development is all about specifics. Before you even start, you need to know exact details about what and who you're designing the software for and why you're designing it. Otherwise you risk wasting time, money and resources on software that isn't a good fit for the job you want it to do. Luckily, it's easy to properly vet your idea. Stop right now and ask yourself these seven questions: