Archive for December, 2011

14
DEC
2011

I want enthusiam! Or maybe just new ideas or any ideas! But don’t kill it, you may not get it back!

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Everyone wants the developers who are working on their product and service, to like what they are doing. Certainly if they are not happy they should go and find something that will make them happy and interested in what they are doing.  But also if they do show enthusiasm by making suggestions of how changes and improvements can be made, you as the product owner will want to recognize that enthusiasm.

Last year I wrote several suggestions for product and engineering owners on how to get their teams to be more proactive –  http://blog.softjourn.com/2010/09/

The enthusiasm issue falls along the same line.  First of all when thinking about enthusiasm, think about what you believe constitutes showing enthusiasm.  Often times product owners think that enthusiasm is shown by working a lot of hours. Sure, sometimes that will be necessary, there are deadlines, or issues that come up at the last minute. But really does working overtime, all of the time, show enthusiasm? Or is the person just finding it difficult to get going on what they are supposed to be working on, therefore it is taking them longer?  It really depends on what they are accomplishing.

A better way your developers may be showing enthusiasm is by their suggestions.  They are digging in to your system, learning it inside and out, and then they hit upon some ideas to make improvements, and they want to show you what they mean. So they work on their nights and weekends and come up with examples of how to technically improve the system; to make a system easier to maintain, or to make it more scalable, for example. They work nights and weekends to show what could be done, how long it would take and what would be the benefits. Then when they make their final presentation their enthusiasm is met with, not with enthusiasm in return, but rather a “not developed here” attitude, or “that is not your job” attitude. Of course their ideas may not fit the long term goal of the application, especially if it was not clear to them what the long term goal is. But maybe at least part of it will work, or maybe you can make suggestions as to how they can change it so it will fit the long term goals for the application.  But to outright kill ideas that your people have spent time on (whether they are in-house, or a distributed team, or an outsourced team) will kill long term enthusiasm which will hamper the development of new ideas in the future.  Think about that the next time you think your team is not showing enough enthusiasm. Have they in the past and you weren’t receptive to it. If so, you may have to work harder to get that enthusiasm back.

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14
DEC
2011

This was fun to do! Why work with Softjourn!

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Discussion with Steve Mezak, from Accelerance, on why to work with Softjourn!

Thanks Steve!

Categories: Outsourcing Offshore, Outsourcing SMB's, Outsourcing Ukraine |

6
DEC
2011

Barcode Scanning Software Development: Why the iPod Touch (and now the iPhone)?

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Not only quick ticket scanning, but valuable customer information, that’s what one of our clients got when we developed a mobile scanning application for them.  The solution was developed using an iPod Touch with a scanner attachment from Infinite Peripherals, a Linea-Pro Scanner, to create an app that allows quick ticket scanning at concerts and events.

Developing a barcode scanner for an iPod Touch opened up a whole new world of possibilities for our customer.  Our customer had started out using the Symbol PPT8846 and MC3090 devices to scan tickets at events—devices that came with a built in scanner and ran Windows CE. While these tools got the job done, they were larger and less user-friendly than they could be, as well as expensive.  Then there was also the cool factor of changing to working with an iPod Touch at concerts!

Softjourn developed a scanning solution that takes advantage of today’s mobile devices—and adds a lot of usability features.  The app developed provides convenience and information about each ticket scanned and the ticket holder; information which can be used to provide better service at the event. The iPod Touch was a perfect choice because it is light and has a long battery life – an important characteristic for outdoor events that may not have a lot of outlets to charge a device. It is also convenient to carry around and already had an attachable scanner, lending itself to very fast ticket taking. Plus don’t forget that cool factor!  The Linea-Pro scanner attachment is also available for use with the iPhone 4. See it in action here; (or at your nearest Apple store!).

Let us help you with your next mobile app development project.  You can learn more about our services here.

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