3 Reasons to Work with a Small Onshore Development Company

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If you’re looking to increase the value of your software development or you need extra hands to lighten the load on your in-house team, outsourcing some of your work to an outside team can be a great solution. In an effort to reduce costs, many companies look directly to outsource with an offshore or nearshore development firm. However, often these partnerships don’t save you money in the long run, and sometimes you can find smaller onshore partners for a similar price.

8 Things to Prepare for a .NET Core Upgrade

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As Microsoft begins to deprecate the .NET Framework and move their innovation to .NET Core, it might be the right time for your business to upgrade your applications to .NET Core. If you’ve found the right time to begin your migration to .NET Core, we’re sharing 8 factors to prepare for before you begin your migration to help it go more smoothly.

Use Value-Based Budgeting to Accurately Budget for Software Development

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Budgets for agile software development initiatives can be hard to pin down. When starting a new software project, more is unknown than known, but having an accurate budget is very important for the business. This puts a lot of pressure on the Product Owner to get the budget right. No one wants to have to go back to their stakeholders and ask for more money later on.

What Is Vision and Why Does it Matter in Software Development?

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As the Product Owner on a software team, your main role is often broken down into two parts: ownership and communicating what’s known as the 3 V’s–Vision, Value, and Validation. In this post, we’re going to focus on vision and the importance of clearly communicating vision for your software.

How to Seamlessly Transition to Remote Work

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Long before the word COVID-19 was in the news, Aptera started hiring remote developers and implemented a remote-first mentality. Because of this change, our teams were uniquely qualified for the complete shift to remote work – including our in-office staff. While we’ve made the transition to remote work as seamless as possible, we understand this isn’t the case for every team.

6 Tips for Fostering Engaged Remote Scrum Teams

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With the onset of the novel Coronavirus, companies across the country and around the world are trying to navigate how to work remotely. Many developers are already accustomed to working remotely; Aptera has several full-time staff members who work from their homes. But if it’s new to you and your Scrum team, it can feel challenging to hold Scrum events and collaborate with your teammates across distances. To help, we’re sharing our top tips for collaborating and holding Scrum events when some or all of the team is remote.

17 Go-To Training Resources for Developers

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When it comes to technology, there’s always more to learn. When you’re feeling stuck, need to look up a quick reference, or even if you want to learn another programming language, it can be hard to know where to turn. Fellow developers are a great reference for quick questions or even a dedicated Slack channel in your office, but if you’re looking for deeper training, you might want resources to help you learn independently. To point you in the right direction, we asked the Aptera development team for their go-to training resources and complied their answers into this comprehensive list.

Onshore vs. Offshore Software Development: Which Is Right for You?

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Do you have a development project coming up that will stretch your development team too thin? If you start looking for an outside partner to help with the work, you’ll quickly be faced with the choice to hire an onshore or an offshore development company. It’s become a topic of much debate, but we believe that there are pros and cons to each. Ultimately the direction that’s right for your company depends on your project and which of several other factors matter most to your business.

Tips for Reporting on Agile Projects

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As agile thinking and related frameworks have swept across the software development world, many of their most recognizable features have the biggest impact on day to day development. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to give a lot of framework for reporting progress to budget and timeline-conscious stakeholders.

Improve Retention by Outsourcing?

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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.