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Improve Retention by Outsourcing

Whether due to issues of quality, communication, or perception, many companies have an understandable stigma around outsourcing software development work. In reality, it can be a great long-term investment in your full-time development staff, who are increasingly valuable in today’s market. Here are just a few benefits of outsourcing the right way.

3 Traits of Successful Product Owners

Whether you’ve just been named Product Owner on a Scrum team or you’ve been filling that role for some time, you want to be successful in the role. While the definition of success looks different for every individual and every team, we’ve found that Product Owners who do well in their role tend to share a few common personality traits. For their book, The Professional Product Owner, Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham interviewed Product Owners after taking a training course about which traits they thought were the most important for a Product Owner to possess. We’re going to take a closer look at the top three traits they identified, being decisive, visionary, and resilient, and how these traits can lead to success.

3 Fears that Hold Product Owners Back

Being a successful Product Owner on a Scrum team is more than just showing up. In this role, you’ll be guiding the vision and the priorities for all development as well as making decisive decisions along the way about the scope, timeline, and budget of the software project. But as anyone who’s worked in software development for any length of time can tell you, projects always hit bumps in the road and to be the best Product Owner you can be means you’ll have to stay the course whenever tricky moments come up. We’ve found that there are three common fears that commonly trip up Product Owners and keep projects from reaching their full potential.

How Do You Project Budget and Timeline with Agile Development?

Have you ever looked at agile development methods and wondered, “how do you project a budget and timeline on an agile project?” We’ve certainly heard this question before from clients, and the answer is a bit nuanced. Essentially, you can’t estimate the way you might be used to. Instead, agile development is all about assessing value and adjusting the scope of your project accordingly. In this way, budget and timeline are most effective when you estimate based on the value of return instead of the scope known at the outset.

What Should Quality Mean to Your Developers?

Everyone is looking for a quality software solution or website, but what does “quality” really mean? It’s one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot, but it means different things to different people. Quality is not only about delivering a solution that works now, but it also encompasses building the technology correctly and avoiding technical debt so you can quickly make adjustments in the future.

How DevOps & Agile Practices Promote Speed to Market

In today’s fast-paced world, getting your latest app or website out to market quickly is crucial for business. Traditional software development practices, with long planning cycles and slow time-to-market approaches, can directly impact the bottom line or hurt adoption in the long run. Employing DevOps and Agile practices on your development team, or working with a partner who does, can get your new technology in front of customers faster than other methodologies.

Native vs. Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Are cross-platform mobile app development tools worth the hype over native development? It’s true that developing apps natively lets you work with a high level of craftsmanship and community support. However, for most common app requirements, you can use platforms like Xamarin, React Native, and NativeScript to build apps cross-platform with only minimal loss of user experience (UX) while saving time and cutting costs.

ADA Website Compliance – A Brief Overview

You might have been hearing a lot of chatter about ADA compliance over the past year. If you’ve been left wondering what it all means for your business and website, we have you covered! Let’s take a closer look at what the ADA is, what compliance looks like, and how you can move your website in the right direction.

Website ADA Compliance Checklist

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive piece of legislation that ensures equal access to products and services to all individuals regardless of impairment. Did you know that the ADA rules also apply to your website?

Sitefinity Features for Marketers

Keeping the content on your company’s website fresh and relevant is important. One way to help the marketing team keep content at its best is to use a Content Management System (CMS). While there are a host of CMS tools you can choose from, here at Aptera we’ve found Sitefinity to be a well-rounded and user-friendly platform, especially if your development team is already well versed in .NET. Sitefinity offers several features that we think would be of interest to marketers and their teams to streamline processes. Let’s take a closer look at a few reasons why Sitefinity is a helpful tool for marketers.

How Has SharePoint Evolved and Where Does It Fit Today?

Not long ago, Microsoft SharePoint was the go-to platform of many businesses for a wide variety of tasks from company intranet to building entire websites or custom systems. You could quickly create collaboration spaces for teams, share documents and resources across your business, and create workflows for processes with hands-on configuration. Additionally, you could tie in business intelligence and outside applications through integrations and secure it all with Windows-based authentication. It was even successfully stretched to manage content for enterprise-level websites and used as a platform for custom application development. Armed with those capabilities, SharePoint swallowed up other business applications that could only satisfy one of the above.

I’m Not Sure When It Happened, but Now I Like TDD

Here at Aptera, we strive to build a culture of professional growth and mentorship. A part of that is our internship program. This past summer we had the pleasure of working with software intern, Joel Stauffer, who has written a retrospective on his summer working here with us and what he learned using test-driven development. Take it away, Joel. No, retrospectivious is not a word. Use it only if you have a sparky flavor of imagination and a thick skin. But this is a retrospective on an internship that pushed the practice of TDD (test-driven development).

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