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3 Benefits of Hiring an Outside Software Consultant To Do a Code Audit

[fa icon="user"] Robert Perrin [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

There’s an old saying among business leaders that also applies to software development teams: you need to work on your business, not in your business. The grind of daily work often leaves developers with little time to create more strategic and structural plans required to accomplish core business objectives. Without a focus on the foundation of your processes and practices, there is the risk of making all of that day-to-day work less effective than it could and should be.

Some dev teams have the flexibility to hire a specific person to focus on those structural, strategic issues. A small portion of them are able to stick to that division of labor, even in the face of immediate business needs, which is great. However, many teams benefit greatly from partnering with an outside software consultant to help them with the strategic analysis of the codebase, systems, and development practices. A consultant’s role is to help you find the best practices that make your processes and jobs more efficient and effective going forward.

Here are three ways a third-party code audit from an experienced software consultant can benefit your team in the long run.

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How to Enhance Your Technical Interview to Find Better Candidates

[fa icon="user"] Rich Popola [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 16, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Finding the right candidates to join your software delivery team is tough. Competition is fierce, and the last thing you want is to lose a good candidate due to a weak interview process. From the moment a candidate walks in the door through the completion of their technical assessment, you want to provide them the chance to show their best. Here are some ways to enhance your technical interview to find great candidates and build a better software delivery team.

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Experienced Facilitator Shares How to Run an Effective Design Sprint

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Design sprints are gaining popularity as an efficient way to investigate ideas and determine solutions for big problems facing small and large organizations alike. Using this methodology, a team of seven people can find a big challenge they need to tackle, identify a solution, build a prototype, and test it with real customers in just five days.

In this interview, Simon Hunt shares his experience as a design sprint facilitator. He has a background in software development and product management at Nokia, Microsoft, and BMW, and discusses how to put together a solid team, what roles people should play, and pitfalls to watch out for.

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Developer Onboarding Checklist for Successful Agile Teams

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  May 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Developers have a lot on their plate when they start at a new company. Whether it be the development environment, project information, or the organizational culture of their employer or clients, they need to learn a lot – and quickly. Adopting a strong onboarding process is vital if you want new full-time developers or contractors to succeed. Here is an 8-step developer onboarding checklist that will help you seamlessly integrate new hires onto your agile team and keep them around for the long run.

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How DragonSpears is Advocating for AI and Machine Learning

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  May 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Chicago-based Illinois Technology Association (ITA) recently announced the formation of a new AI council. Their mission is to advance programming, investment, and policy for AI technology. Patrick Emmons, owner of DragonSpears, is pleased to participate as a member of the AI Council Advisory Board to help guide ITA’s policies and advocacy related to AI and Machine Learning.

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