Just-In-Time Delivery: The Story of Agile

November 3, 2016 Blog

In a previous life, I used to work as an engineer. I used to monitor hundreds of American cars being built every day in automotive plants all over the good ‘ol US of A. These plants were huge. You could walk from one end of the plant to the other, and actually end up walking a couple of miles. Some …

Creating Corporate Soul

October 20, 2016 Business, Blog, Guelph

I am a happy person. I am a team player, enthusiastic, and creative. I get along well with others and play nicely in the sandbox. So it came as a shock a few years ago to find myself completely miserable at work. On paper, the organization had all the ingredients of my dream job: start-up atmosphere, flexible work schedule, room …

Your Spaceship Is Actually A Boat

September 21, 2016 Blog, Guelph

Our team spent some time last week reviewing our marketing and messaging. As it often does, the topic of process, and specifically, scope management came up. We were outlining a few examples of how our teams work with our clients on scope management and how we explain software development when Kristin jumped in to summarize her perspective. I’m paraphrasing here …

We Changed Our Business Name, Should You?

July 27, 2016 Blog

Do a search for “how to name your company”, seriously do it. Now try to follow the advice out there. No, try to follow just half the advice out there. From Namebots to hiring a pricey branding agency to engaging a psychic, is there one right way? I’d have to say “no.” I can’t give you a guaranteed formula for …

Dave’s Dilemma – Fixed Price/Fixed Scope vs Fixed Budget/Variable Scope

May 25, 2016 Business, Blog, Guelph

It was a dark and stormy night. Dave sat at his desk staring forward. Frozen. The ominous glow from his email inbox exposed his eerie pallor, the sweat on his brow and the ever-so- slight panic in his eyes. “I should have been home hours ago,” he thought to himself. His heart was racing. He had to choose. Tomorrow his boss would …

What is Your first Domino?

March 10, 2016 Blog

When I was young, single digits young, I had one of those sweet domino sets. Not the proper black and white ones but the multi-coloured dominos that include ramps and other gadgets that allow you to build up elaborate domino displays for the short lived and simple pleasure of trashing everything you’ve built with a single push. In working with …

Tips on Hiring Your Java Developer

October 6, 2015 Blog

Java is a staple of enterprise application development, and it is everywhere.  The language has been around for a very long time in technology years, with 2015 marking the 20th year anniversary of the first public implementation of Java.  Very few languages can claim to have a growing developer base and widespread adoption after 20 years in existence.  Java has …

Tips on Hiring Your Node.js Developer

July 23, 2015 Blog

Node.js has been getting a lot of attention in the technical press.  Node.js catapults JavaScript out of the browser onto the server.  There are a lot of benefits from this arrangement.  Companies such as LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Walmart, among many others, have adopted Node.js to act as API and web publishing endpoints for many of their applications.  Node’s lightweight asynchronous …

Tips on Hiring Your Rails Developer

July 2, 2015 Blog

Ruby on Rails is a very powerful framework in the web application space.  It is a very popular framework that runs many current web sites and there are always new sites being built with it.  If you find yourself in need of a Ruby on Rails developer you will face stiff competition in the marketplace to hire one.  Here are …