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November 27, 2021

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Improving Agile Software Development using User-Centered Design and Lean Startup

Agile methodologies have their limitations in terms of understanding problems and finding solutions and can lead organizations to promote products that are not well-designed and produce waste. Some authors recommend combing agile techniques with methods that focus on discovery to address this problem, with two of the best candidates including User-Centered Design (UCD) and Lean Startup, a combination of which, as of yet, there is no well-documented, thorough research study of how it works. Objective: To define a development strategy that combines software application developer UCD, and Lean Startup; exposing how the three methodologies are interspersed in one development cycle and their impact on the development. Method: We carried out a case study of two software development teams from industry who employ this combination approach and conducted interviews, observations of focus groups, interviews, and a workshop over the period of nine months during which they were housed in a custom-built lab for development. Results: The teams consist of users advocates, business advocates and solution developers; Their approach to development emphasizes the use of experimentation, making extensive use of the build-measure-learn cycle. The combination approach encourages an attitude of problem-solving and encourages team members to work in tandem and be involved […] read more
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How to Choose the Perfect Telecom Software Company?

In the midst of tight budgets and increased increasing competition, outsourcing the development of telecom products can provide Independent Software Vendors and other telecom firms many advantages including access to the most recent technology and expert telecom knowledge as well as lower costs involved in the development process, and assured quality and efficiency. An outsourcing partnership can address the development requirements of the telecom business at any stage of the development/deployment life cycle, from complete telecom software solution development to solution design, testing, implementation, technical support services, maintenance or documentation. How to choose the most appropriate Telecommunication Software Developer? After thoroughly analyzing the motives to outsource to develop their software and determining the benefits to business to be realized through the process, companies are able to move on to the next stage which is to select the company that will provide telecom software development services. Keep in mind the fact that success for outsourcing venture is dependent upon selecting the best service supplier, here are a few of the main factors the decision-makers at telecom companies must be aware of when evaluating and choosing the best telecom software development firm: Corporate profile features such as the location, size along with […] read more
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