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23 Apr

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Lessons from a Softball Coach

13 Apr

First of all I need to attribute the contents of this post.  Meredith Bronk, the Chief Operating Officer of OST told me very clearly that she doesn’t blog.  So I suggested that I interview her OST softball playerfor a posting.  Nope.  That didn’t happen.  But the entire scope of my thought today is based upon a conversation we had earlier today.

I need to start off by saying that I am an acknowledged sports unenthusiast.  Outside of intramural basketball in late elementary school and middle school (where my 6 foot height at age 12 was the primary qualification) and a brief entry in competitive swimming, I have never participated in sports.  My brother on the other hand was an Olympic-caliber swimmer and 23-time NCAA All-American swimmer during his career.  Today, he coaches swimming as his passion, if not his career.  But not me.

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5 Keys for Successful Software Application

2 Apr

Last week, Brian Anderson, our  Application Development practice principal was featured on the Technology section of Corp magazine. Here he gives 5 helpful tips on how to maintain successful business practices when developing software applications.

Software applications are powerful business drivers of productivity. It always amazes me how far companies that get this insight can automate, optimize and fine tune their businesses. It is fun to observe and be a part of. I have been a software development consultant for 15 years and would like to share with you five keys that great companies and software development firms do to increase their odds of success.

1. Don’t get hung up on billable rates. Focus on the people who are going to work on your project. Vet their experiences and references.
We all like a great value and no one likes to pay more for something than they have to.  In the world of software development services there are a wide range of capabilities and experiences. If you find someone with the right set of skills, experiences, and references, that person can be at least three times more productive than a junior level that is just getting started. People like this know how to lay the framework for everyone else to be successful. When hiring a firm make sure to ask who are the senior people on their team that will be working on your project and vet those people. It is OK to have juniors who cost less but don’t assume that they will be as productive or capable of doing the work without some senior leadership.

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