Custom Software Development & the Lean Startup Methodology

Agile development makes learning faster

An important and often neglected reason for effort overruns in custom software development projects is related to selection bias. Selection bias is the tendency to validate and choose only those things that align with our desired outcomes. When working on custom software development within the Lean Startup methodology, JTR Solutions immediately figures out the problem that needs to be solved and then develops a minimum viable product (MVP) to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible. Once the MVP is established, we work on tuning the engine. This involves measurement and learning and must include actionable metrics that can demonstrate cause and effect. This measuring, called validated learning, helps the development process because we don’t shut our eyes and ears to valid feedback that doesn’t match what you expected to hear, believe you need or that negates your vision.

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Custom Development Doesn’t Mean High Costs or Standing Alone

Custom software doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag and it may be the greatest investment your business could make by allowing you to increase efficiency, enable automation of busywork, and analyze big data.  The highest cost of many businesses is human capital and human mistakes.  Reducing repetitive work and reducing the possibility of mistakes can save your business money and allow you a competitive advantage in your industry.

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Custom Software Development: More Money, Less Problems

The saying, “You get what you pay for.” rings true in the world of Custom Software Development.  If you are considering investing in custom software for your company, there are many things to consider when attempting to select the right team for the job. While the size of your project is a major factor in determining the price, many other factors contribute to the overall cost.

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The Major Advantages of Custom Software Development

Hiring a team of developers to design software specifically for you or your organization is a big decision. It is a decision that requires a lot of thought. Though it can be costly, the advantages that Custom Software Development has to offer can make it worth it. Custom software for your business could very well be the secret to standing out from the rest of the competition.  Below is a list of important reasons why.

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Choosing the Right Software Development Partner

Whether you have a need for a new mobile app to keep up with competitors, or you’re looking for a custom solution for your company, the answer may require individually tailored software that’s specific to your business. Custom software development could mean modifications to your existing platforms, or integration of a completely new system. You’ll also have to consider if a full or partial cloud based solution is best for you. With so much to take into account and the various development firms available for hire, how do you choose the right software development partner?

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Avoid Offshore Development — Invest in Onshore Teams

Outsourcing software development has been a trend for some time, after the demand for these services led to an increase of offshore development providers around the world. Over the past 20 years, outsourcing has spanned from India, to China, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. While analyzing your company’s development costs, you’re likely to find that offshoring to one of these countries will be less expensive — but the risks, pitfalls and hidden charges can cost you more in the long run. Continue reading “Avoid Offshore Development — Invest in Onshore Teams”

Modern Web Design Trends

The beginning of the new year is not only a time for personal resolutions, it’s also a time for businesses to take a hard look at their current web design. However, with so many things to consider, like functionality, color and typography, it can be hard to know which changes are best for your site. Ensure your company is off to a great start with JTR Solutions’ list of modern web design trends.

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