Delivering Results: Software Estimation

More often than not when engaging a software developer there will be a conversation about price:

“Here is what I want. How much will it cost?”

The conversation may be more subtle, or nuanced, but the bottom line is pretty much the same no matter what: A true definition of what is actually being asked for is not very well defined at the point in time a price is being requested.

Where can you go from here?


The Future of Corporate Training

I started working on different approaches to corporate education and training with Thinking.School in 2016. Initially, I started developing a program that was quite abstract: It was set up around ‘thinking strategies’ and how they could be used in problem-solving. The problem with abstract training like this is that we end up with a metaphoric hammer looking for a nail. It was a set of strategies looking for problems to deal with. More interesting, I found is that this problem with abstraction in training is not unique. As I spent more time working in the space and talking to others, I saw the same issue plague enterprise scale Design Thinking programs – they make sense, they sound great, people enjoy them – while they have pockets of influence, they struggle to have a broad lasting impact.


Designing for Design Patterns

As we worked with financial services and insurance companies over the last five years, we saw that these knowledge-gaps at the convergence of design, development and security were something that we could solve with Design Patterns. So we started doing the research.


Modernising Legacy Applications

There are a bunch of different kinds of ‘legacy’ systems which require different strategies to decouple such that an ‘API’ can be provided for a new experience to be built over the top. In this post we are going to look at a set of common legacy system design patterns and how you can tackle modernising them.


How Does Cyber Security Affect Investors

Cyber security seems to often be ignored or at best reactive when it comes to business deals, however security has a tangible impact on business value. This is a risk that needs to be understood and mitigated, and can be a source of leverage when you’re on the buy-side or in origination.


Old Software. New Experience.

This month we have launched a white-paper to get you years more out of your business application investments, while at the same time having employees, suppliers and customers that love the experience of your digital brand.


Dealing with Difficult Software Vendors

Relationships with vendors don’t normally start as difficult. They devolve into difficult situations and are ultimately a result of the behaviours and needs of both parties in the relationship being unmet.

So how do you see the warning signs early? How can you deal with vendors once they have officially become difficult?


Getting Software Teams to Manage Risk

As we have seen in other blog posts, bespoke software development for any business carries with it great risks – many of which can often be unknown to the business. That is not the point of this post! This post is about risks that are known to the business, yet they remain ignored and without a plan for mitigation, leaving the business in a world of hurt – unprepared and reactive at the moment least expected.


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