As each company grows, it faces different challenges. Some of these hurdles follow known patterns related to where the company is in its evolution. For example, early-stage companies founded by a strong entrepreneur often get to a point where the founder becomes overwhelmed with too many competing demands. Companies that have experienced rapid growth can […]
I admire the pursuit of perfection. Think of athletes, artists, and musicians who dedicate their lives to continual self-improvement—to becoming experts. One thing every expert knows is that striving for perfection is a process. You have to be willing to fall short, learn, and try again. You wouldn’t refuse to run in a race until […]
The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) term has outlived its usefulness. Since “MVP” was first popularized by Eric Reis’s book The Lean Startup in 2011, it’s become a catch-all term that means both far more and far less than it once did.
In yesterday’s post, I shared the value of having a scorecard for your business. A scorecard follows the idea that you can improve what you measure. Conversely, if you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.
Your secret weapon is data. You have lots of it. It lives in different systems and with different people in your company. But data itself does no good if you can’t turn it into information–information that is aligned to your business strategy and on which you can act to reach your goals.
At Atomic, we are often approached by entrepreneurs who want to start a new business. Their ideas involve technology, are creative, and cover everything you can imagine—like building a service business on top of Uber, or starting a niche e-commerce website focused on a specific group of people. Some are copies of existing successful companies […]
When I first entered the world of software consulting, I was a project manager at another firm. My job was to ensure that we delivered on the promises we made to our clients to make great software. In those early days, I felt project success required certainty in the scope, budget, and time frame. If […]
Choosing the right mobile technology approach for your project is extremely important. Should you go with native iOS or Android? A new cross-platform technology? A responsive web app? You don’t want to lose half of the potential audience by only building for one platform, but you have a limited budget. And you don’t want to […]
When looking for software consulting services, people unfamiliar with development often suffer from knowledge asymmetry—the situation where one party knows far more about the topic at hand than the other. This situation causes feelings of uncertainty and fear of associated with caveat emptor (buyer beware). And the result can be a painful relationship that often […]
At Atomic, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of companies asking us for help with creating “connected” products (physical objects that are linked to the Internet and can send and/or receive data). It’s the new thing, and everyone’s feeling pressure to add their product to the list of 8.4 billion connected things already on […]