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What is Human Centered Design for Digital Products?

A product is successful when it’s created to satisfy the needs of end users. Understanding the people you’re creating a solution for - either a new product or transforming and existing one- will ensure it’s adopted and embraced.

Find out more about human-centered design.

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Legacy Modernization Doesn't Need to Be Hard! Follow These Guidelines.

The complexity of legacy enterprise software systems are like earth’s ecosystem. Take away an entire species or add in lots of carbon and wholesale change starts to look pretty grim.

So how can you make software modernization run smoothly? Common, costly mistakes can be avoided.

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Developing an App? The Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to Mobile App Development there are multiple factors to consider. Developing and managing an app can introduce a number of complexities causing projects to lose focus or valuable time. However, mistakes can be avoided if you know what to watch out for.

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How to Build a Product People Love?

Building great products isn't just a job for startups. In this article I outline 8 vital principles of product development that can help any business learn to build a product people love.

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Case Study: We Enabled to Sign On the Most Clients in a Decade

We enabled an aging 340B Solutions Company to sign 10 new clients in just ten weeks - and then go on to sign their most clients in a decade.

Rx Co*, a maturing software company simplifies the process of managing 340B for their clients to maximize drug replenishment savings.

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Save Money by Curbing Common Reasons for Software Development Failures

Software Development Projects fail for so many reasons it’s hard to keep track. Maybe it’s moving too fast. Maybe your idea has too many moving parts. Maybe your strategic direction is opaque. In any case, all of these strategic failures can kill an idea, before it takes off.

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It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint: Legacy Modernization

If you’re considering making changes to your legacy IT system - things like moving to business-managed solutions, blowing up your existing enterprise suite or just tinkering with it a little - hear us out. A patchwork solution is probably your best bet. Find out why.

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Product Development Simplified in Five Easy-to-Follow Steps

Blown budgets and burnt dreams. Without a clearly defined product roadmap, that’s where many great ideas end up - a story we’ve heard from several clients with whom we’ve been privileged to work.

What we do is add predictability to the product development process. Find out how.

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What Matters Most when Choosing a Software Development Company?

We recently asked over 500 professionals what mattered most to them when choosing a software development company, and the results were so unsettling we had to dig in deeper.

Only 13% of participants indicated that product-market fit mattered when choosing a software company.

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Finding the Right Custom Software Development Partner

Partnering with the right software development company can improve to market capabilities, the quality of your software, and your ROI.

Creating a software, undergoing a software transformation, or developing enterprise software all require a solid team you can depend on.

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What is Most Important When Choosing a Software Development Company

What do most professionals look for when choosing a custom software development partner? We surveyed over 500 participants and the results are in.

Download the report and see what you should be looking at the next time you are choosing a software development partner.

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Is AI really intelligent? 5 things to consider

41 percent of executives surveyed in a recent McKinsey study admitted they have not yet adopted AI because they’re unsure how it can help their organization. But 100 percent of those executives are thinking about it.

So what really is "AI"? Can it apply to your business?

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Data Infrastructure at Scale

Last month as part of our Learn to Launch webinar series, Seth Familian, the Solutions Architect for Segment, talked about Daisy-Chaining Cloud Tools. Using Segment, companies can collect and connect their applications to over 200 marketing, analytics and data warehouse tools.

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Case Study: We Made Finding Addiction Treatment Faster

With the comprehensive help of The Development Factory, Dr. Tony Greco transformed from a doctor trying to help a friend, into the CEO of a growing business revolutionizing the way people find treatment for addiction. He was determined to build a tool that would help anyone, anywhere.

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We built Get Help LA, an app to help people facing homelessness

On Tuesday, Dr. Tony Greco, Get Help CEO, along with Los Angeles city leaders, presented the Get Help LA app. Aimed at giving the tools to refer people who are homeless to services, it uses geo-coding to show hospitals, addiction care centers, and other resources nearby.

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How to Plan a Product Release

Release planning is an opportunity to bring detail to the whole product and its various inherent workflows upfront, and in collaboration with key team members.

In this article we discuss why release planning matters, and how to lead an effective release planning session.

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How to Have a Whole Product Team without Having a $1m Payroll

The fact is: building software is a production as involved as making a movie, and hiring just a developer (or two) isn’t going to get you there.

This is where team augmentation becomes a powerful alternative to both insourcing and offshoring. Learn more about Team-as-a-Service.

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How to Bootstrap a Successful Product Business

There are lots of great benefits to the "bootstrapping" (using your own resource) approach, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

In this article we share some great reasons to consider bootstrapping your product business and a few words of caution to consider before you go all in.

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Why Simon Sinek's Book is the Next Great Marketing Bible

Thirty years later Positioning still is an unparalleled application of a single, simple concept to examine the mechanics of why some brands succeed. Until recently.

Ironically, Sinek’s book is not positioned as a marketing book, even though Simon is a savvy marketer.

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The Future of Hiring

As part of our Learn To Launch webinar series, we had the good fortune to welcome Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse.

If you’re building a tech organization, you don’t want to miss these key insights from Ryan’s talk “How to Build a Diverse and Sustainable Talent Pipeline.”

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Avoid Alienating New Hires

Good hires sometimes go wrong. Sometimes an unfit person gets through the interview process, but more likely the organization fails to foster the hire from day one.

Why do teams embrace user onboarding with their products but not with each other? Learn how to foster new hires.

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Assembling a Product Roadmap with Suzanne Abate

Join product coach and The Development Factory CEO Suzanne Abate as she outlines the process of product roadmapping, identifies common approaches for prioritization, introduces the OKR framework, and discusses best practices tools for documenting and sharing roadmaps.

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How to Select the Right Developer When You're Not a Technical Person

As a company that’s been specializing in end-to-end product builds for nearly a decade, and having hired and fired dozens of programmers, we’ve come to learn a thing or two about what makes for great talent. But how can YOU be sure the developer you’re hiring is good?

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Self-Funding a SaaS Business with Jim Semick, ProductPlan

There are lots of great benefits to the "bootstrapping" approach, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Join Jim Semick, co-founder of ProductPlan, as he shares the journey of prescriptive customer development and self-funding sacrifice that led his company to sustainable success.

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A Better Way to Negotiate Software Contracts

“The right Agile is the one that works for us.”

At the core, being Agile is about wholly embracing beliefs for making software better.

What makes Agile hard is what comes after we start believing. How we go about redefining our business processes to stay true to these values.

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Tech Debt: The Flicker That Can Quickly Turn To Flames

It started small. A few loose wires and a lot of insulation. In minutes, flames lit up the living room. Luckily, as it was under renovation, the home was empty.

The cause? A gas line connected to four nearby houses on the same property ignoring expert advice in hopes of quick profit.

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Why You Should Care About Building APIs

Today’s consumer is over-saturated with mobile and web applications. Even a single brand may have several apps in market, each competing for the consumer’s attention.

Find out why your business needs an API at the core of its digital ecoystem, and how to aproach building it.

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Is “API First” the new “Mobile First?”

Tech Crunch says that you have to think API-first in today’s world. Ask yourself, what information or functionality of ours offers the most value? Where else but in our own yard can we seed that value so that it can be found, used, revered and, ultimately, depended upon.

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Digital Interfaces and the Reason They Can Make or Break Your Business

The “importance of design” has become a topic of big business. Specifically the value design adds to a business.

Find out why the design-centric philosophy is more important than ever and how true market disruptors like Nike and Appple take advantage of this very fact.

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Case Study: We Made It Possible To Service 500% More Clients

IHS helps their clients achieve required accreditations. By building a product that automated and optimized manual processes, we enabled IHS to transform their client engagement experience, by increasing transparency and making the work for customers and consultants far easier to track.

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Transform Your Product to Become the Market Leader, Again

Improve customer retention, find new growth opportunities and enhance product performance while slashing operational costs.

Find out where to start! Take Product Transformation Progress Assesment.

Take our Transformation Progress Assesment

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100 PM Podcast

Join Suzanne Abate weekly as she talks to product leaders across the country to uncover what makes product management so exciting and so challenging.

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Why Cache Testing is Important

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The Fullscreen Case Study

Fullscreen was rising fast and needed a revamp on the creator platform to meet the demands of it's users.

In this Case Study, we show how assisted Fullscreen in engineering and team building to deliver massive growth.

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