How to Reduce Duplication & Get the Most from Your Custom Software

You’re about to replace an old software system with a custom-built one that can do a whole lot more. Great! You’ll finally have software that truly fits the needs of your organization.

You want to get the most out of this new system, but you’re not sure how. My first piece of advice? Get rid of systems with overlapping data and functionality. They could turn into costly problems, as I learned recently. Read more on How to Reduce Duplication & Get the Most from Your Custom Software…

What Challenge Will Your Company Face Next? Check the Predictable Success Framework

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 suddenly stall out. Very mature companies face a different challenge where it never feels like anything gets accomplished. And companies like Radio Shack eventually slide into obsolescence when they can’t re-evolve into something new. Read more on What Challenge Will Your Company Face Next? Check the Predictable Success Framework…

Test your Software Rewrite with a Pilot Release

Rewriting your organization’s current software is a huge undertaking. It can be intimidating and cause uncertainty, especially for those who are more averse to change.

A pilot is a helpful exercise during any software development process, but especially so during a rewrite where the scope is very large. A pilot allows you to test the software within a group or location without fully rolling it out to all users. Read more on Test your Software Rewrite with a Pilot Release…

How to Get the Most from Your Delivery Lead at Atomic

You won’t see titles like Project Manager, Scrum Master, or Account Manager on an Atomic project team roster. Instead, you’ll see a Delivery Lead, a role we introduced to give our clients a streamlined experience as they work with our teams.

Here’s a quick overview of what an Atomic Delivery Lead does and how to make the best use of the Delivery Lead on your project. Read more on How to Get the Most from Your Delivery Lead at Atomic…

Why Your App/System Rewrite Will Probably Be Bigger Than You Think

If you’re doing a major rewrite of an existing app, you may be hoping to simply duplicate the existing app’s basic features. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Your users have come to rely on the set of features they use in your current app. And if they can’t accomplish all the same tasks/goals as they did in your rewrite’s first release, they’ll be very disappointed.

Don’t believe me? Let me give an example from the world of video games. Read more on Why Your App/System Rewrite Will Probably Be Bigger Than You Think…

Have a Big Software Idea? Start Small, then Make it Better

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 you could win the Boston Marathon. And you wouldn’t refuse to play a concert until you were good enough to fill Carnegie Hall.

So why would you wait to launch a new software product until it has every single feature you might need? Read more on Have a Big Software Idea? Start Small, then Make it Better…

Startup Product Roadmap, Phase 1 – Product Discovery

The Product Discovery phase is about determining that you’re solving the right problem, along with starting to validate and de-risk your solution.

This phase of effort is arguably the most difficult of your product’s lifecycle. Each day can be an emotional rollercoaster of extreme excitement and frustrating lows. Read more on Startup Product Roadmap, Phase 1 – Product Discovery…

The Startup Product Roadmap – Maturing your Software Idea into a Scalable Product

Planning to launch a startup around a new software product? The Software Product Roadmap will help you ask the right questions, talk to the right people, and make the right moves every step of the way. Read more on The Startup Product Roadmap – Maturing your Software Idea into a Scalable Product…