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Problems with outsourcing software developers overseas

Quality

A big factor when outsourcing overseas is quality control. You need to make sure that the code written is on high quality stage and you must also know how to assess the developers’ portfolios on different outsourcing sites, are some of the the instances you need to face in order to pick and hire the right developer for your team.

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The fix?

  • Hire someone local as a consultant- he/she will assist on the development stage of your project
  • Conduct technical interview – this is one of the method that will help you in order to recognize and know the developers that has the best skillsets (especially in coding)

 

Code Collaboration

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When outsourcing overseas, collaboration is a big challenge. Wherever country you choose in hiring your developer, there can be big cultural issues that will come out according to the statement of work. Software development is naturally a collaborative method, but you can’t predict outsource developers to understand what you want to know because they are coming from separate context. That’s the reason why writing particular requirements is essential to have a good experience outsourcing.

The fix?  Use Scrum.

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Why Scrum?

  • Will help your team to stay organized on different projects
  • Provides clarity into project work
  • Focuses communication from team members

 

Logistical Challenges

One of the biggest challenge that an entrepreneur must face is being 100% remote and to have a developer in a various time zones. They may have to wake up in the middle of the night in order to connect and collaborate with their development team through conf calls, a time when they cannot do their great work.

The fix?

The right solution for this matter is to hire a team with a project manager who is either local or in a near time zone. Project Managers gives a shield between clients and developers, they can make sure non-technical needs are rendered properly, and in the case of outsourced development, they can make sure that the cultural issues related to hiring developers offshore are not taken for granted.

 


 

When launching your startup, there a million things that could go wrong, especially if you are outsourcing your work to a remote team. You need a reliable team who have experience of launching and scaling software applications.

At Bootyard, we have been launching and scaling Ruby on Rails apps since 2011. We have agile practices in place geared towards working efficiently with remote clients. If you have an project you want to work on, feel free to contact us info@bootyard.com

 

Benefits of outsourcing developers

No Office Distractions

There are some office environments are considered as big distractions for some developers. With lunch break and office small talk, there is few time left for developers to get their work done at the office. Moreover, this means developers must work more hours than required which could affect their confidence or maybe company culture.

Short Term Commitment

The most downgrade benefit of outsourcing is the ability to hire an expert on a project basis without committing to them on a long term status and paying them the corresponding costs. This benefit will allow you to choose developers based on skillsets, depending on the needs of your team’s project, without binding your team down to one developer who may right for the first project but less qualified for the upcoming projects.

Cost

Lower cost of labor is one of the main reason why companies choose to outsource. When outsourcing is properly executed it will have a great impact to the company’s income and will help deliver essential savings.

 

Labor arbitrage

Labor arbitrage is considered as the biggest advantage for outsourcing. Since, you have the ability to hire and choose your developer from anywhere you want by just using lowest cost workforce in order to create a high quality output.

Easy to scale

One of the most biggest reason in outsourcing software developers is because they give companies the ability to scale quickly. Hiring an outsource developer is not easy for startup team especially in handling huge projects. With the help of the outsource developer, a business can easily obtain essential services that they need in order to produce high quality deliverables.

 

 


 

Thinking of building your app on Ruby on Rails? Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com. Here at Bootyard, we’ve been building and designing Ruby on Rails apps since 2011.

How can an offshore development team help your startup?

Idea Stage

You are a developing entrepreneur and have an idea of a product or service and you need to turn into a business. At this stage, the expertise of your software development company is the main value that you can get in order for your startup have an effective workflow. It is essential to know the feasibility of your idea and be wise in choosing the right technology stack that will help to achieve your business goals in the most effective and efficient way.

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The first communication is an essential step in building relationship with your future software development partner. It is also important that in this stage you must make sure that these things must be discussed in order for your team create a high quality output. Such as, business goals and limitations of project, Monetization – which is the process of converting or establishing something into legal tender, your target audience, and ultimately, your supported platforms and devices in order to create a logical set of project documentation to start with.  

MVP Stage

You have a business plan, goals, and constant vision of the product, and you need to create and develop a Minimum Viable Product or MVP in order to enter the market. So the value focus change from technical expertise to talent- the right people that can help create your product.

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At this stage, you will have to face lots of choices such as hiring a freelancer or outsourcing software development to a well established company. At this case, you will be dealing with different things like hiring and motivating your team, organize your office space, build work processes and many other things, which will take a lot of your time and effort and so disturbs you from your main goal- to satisfy your customers and clients’ needs.

Working with professional software development team does really solve the huge majority of these problems than hiring a freelancer will not be a good choice for this matter. Your software partner gives you everything you need to start the development immediately, reducing your product’s time to market, and minimize unimportant costs is the right solution for a limited budget. 

Experienced Startup

Once you have created your software product which is already accepted in the market, you will need a reliable team that will help you to perform continuous product development. Your software dev team is essential since they have the technology expertise, talent and of course teamwork.

There are a lot of ways that your software dev team partner can help you especially to your growing needs.

  • You’ll get the whole cycle of product development
  • You’ll get a project manager which will help you to easily connect between the product owner and the team
  • The project knowledge is highly confidential
  • Your team can be measured quickly along with your business, the employee can be immediately replaced in case of need
  • Your software partner is reliable, they have the right character and they have the  professional method to information security.

 

Scaling the business

As your product continues to develop and get some new market shares, it becomes not just technically complicated, but it also follows your organizational structure. A lot of stakeholders will come out, and lots of teams will collaborate on the promotion and developing stage of your product.

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Because of this technological problem, the market will have a very tough expectations about your product. The main need of this stage is to ensure the daily delivery of your product.

For you to manage this problem and ensure that there is a daily product delivery under these hard situations, the biggest value that your software team must do is to make sure a high quality processes for your organization.

 

Software dev team is considered as the best value addition for startup teams considering the fact that the business will not grow without the presence of technology. Hiring a software dev team will not only help you to understand your brand philosophy but will also help you in ensuring that your product is fit for your team’s mission and vision. With the presence of your software team partner, it would help you to have a harmonious operation and development of your product or projects.

 


 

Thinking of building your app on Ruby on Rails? Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com. Here at Bootyard, we’ve been building and designing Ruby on Rails apps since 2011.

What kind of apps can Ruby on Rails developers do?

Ruby on Rails is considered as one of the famous programming language use by different tech industries. Nowadays Rails is obviously also one of the most comprehensive frameworks for building effective applications. No wonder its fame is still increasing on the software development field.

But if you’re still unsure if RoR is the great choice for you, here are the list of websites built with Ruby on Rails that will help you feel more inspired and productive.

500px is a Canadian online community, aim to inspire and encourage aspiring and professional photographers upload their best photos.

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Airbnb is an online  marketplace, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, home-stay, hostel beds, or hotel rooms.

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A list apart  explores the design, development, and meaning  of web content with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

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Askfm is a global social networking site where users create profiles and can send each other questions.

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 Basecamp – it helps company organize communication, projects, and client work together in order to have central source of truth.

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Bleacher Report is a San Francisco-based sport news website which focuses on trending topics in sports.

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Bloomberg  delivers business and market news, data, analysis, video and video to the world

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Clarity is a “curated web” online network founded by Dan Martell, a Canadian entrepreneur, that connects users by telephone with expert mentors who provide advice in areas such as marketing, sales and business development.

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Couchsurfing  the website provides a  platform for members to stay as a guest at someone’s home (home-stay), host travelers, meet other members, or join an event.

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Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their works, process and projects.

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Fiverr is the world’s largest freelance services marketplace for learn entrepreneurs to focus on growth and create a successful business at affordable cost.

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Funny or Die a comedy video website founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy that features comedian and celebrities

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Genius is an online website which provides collection of song lyrics and musical knowledge

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Github is a development platform and it is usually used for coding.

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Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world.

goodreads screenshot (1)Groupon is a global e-commerce marketplace connecting millions of subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services.

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Indiegogo is a launchpad for entrepreneurial ideas.

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 Jobster  is an employment  website, a metasearch engine for job listings.

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Kickstarter the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. 

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Livingsocial   is an online marketplace that allows its registered users to buy and share things to do in their city.

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Lumosity is an online program online program consisting of games claiming to improve memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving.

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Myfitnesspal  is a free smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric intake and nutrients for the users’ goals and uses gamification elements to motivate users.

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Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service.

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Scribd is a digital library and e-book and audiobook subscription service that includes one million titles.

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Seeclickfix is a communications platform for citizens to report non-emergency issues, and governments to track, manage, and reply–ultimately making communities better through transparency, collaboration, and cooperation.

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Shopify  is a complete ecommerce solution that allows you to set up an online store to sell your goods.

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Slideshare a popular platform or application for sharing presentations and other knowledge online.

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 Square is a financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California.

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Strava is a website or mobile app that helps connect the global community of athletes.

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Twitch  is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.

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We heart it  is an image-based social network for inspiring images.

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Whitepages  is the largest and most trusted online directory with contact information and public records

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Yammer is a  freemium enterprise social networking service used for private communication within organizations.

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Zendesk  builds softwareto help companies improve customer relationships through higher customer engagement and better customer insights.

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We understand Agile. We understand how Agile can help make or break your startup. At Bootyard, we’ve developing Ruby on Rails applications since 2011 using Kanban. If you are currently building your MVP for your startup, we’d love to have dialogue with you on how Agile can help you move forward efficiently. Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com.

Should your startup’s MVP be on Ruby on Rails?

What is Ruby on Rails? 

Ruby on Rails- is an open source framework for web development in Ruby, an object-oriented programming (OOP) language similar to Perl and Python.

What can Ruby on Rails do?

Ruby web development works for many projects, however it is a perfect choice if your site or app refers to one of the following categories:

E-commerce

What is an e-commerce website? An e-commerce website is a site that facilitate business or commercial transactions that involves transfer of information through the use of Internet.

Rails is considered as one of the most popular programming language nowadays that are used not just those startup companies but also different e-commerce sites. Most e-commerce sites choose to use Rails since it is an open source framework and with the presence of Ruby programming language, there’s an assurance that they could produce and distribute high quality outputs for their different clients and customers.  

Here are some of the e-commerce websites that are using RoR:

Shopify – develops computer software for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.

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Fab – an e-commerce design website, dedicated in helping customers find fun and exciting product.

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Etsy offers handmade or vintage items and supplies

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Content Management

What is a content management system? A content management system is a software application or set of related programs that are used in creating and managing digital content. It is usually used to support a lot of user that are working in a collaborative area.  

If your website is supposed to demonstrate a lot of database-friendly content like articles, video and audio files then Ruby web development would be the best choice since it provides an easy navigation site as well as upload and manage essential content.

A content management system (CMS) is a set of technologies which helps in creating, managing or publishing content. CMS is getting popular nowadays since it provides an environment to manage essential content. In creating content management system, there are lots of programming languages that developers can use and Ruby on Rails is one of them. Ruby on Rails content management systems provides different kind of functionality which are important in managing websites easily.

Here are some of the RoR content management system that would inspire you to be more productive.

Radiant CMS– is an open source content management system designed for small teams which has an amazing features such as an elegant user interface and a first class extension/plugin system.

Comfortable Mexican Sofa – is a powerful micro-CMS that that takes minutes to get up and running.

Casein CMS– is a Rails gem that provides scaffolding generators and helper functions to quickly create a clean and minimal CRUD interface for your data.

Adva CMS– is a cutting edge open source application platform based on Ruby on Rails Engines

Webiva- is an open source Ruby on Rails content management system (CMS) which allow web professionals to build custom websites.

Locomotive CMS– is a beautiful open source content management system (CMS) that makes it super easy to develop and design exactly what your client needs.

Browser CMS– is another open source web content management system written in Ruby built as a Ruby on Rails. Its main goal is to serve three distinct user groups.

As outlined by Wikipedia:

  • Non-technical clients who need to maintain their website content.
  • Designers who want to build elegantly designed sites for clients with few constraints on their page layout and design.
  • Rails Developers who want a CMS that can be extended using common Rails conventions.

Refinery CMS– it is a base content management system and framework for easy building great websites.

Membership Sites

Rails is really a great choice for creating subscription sites, since membership and social networking options are already included in it. There are also plugins available, which can help resolve any task of social networking.

 


 

We understand Agile. We understand how Agile can help make or break your startup. At Bootyard, we’ve developing Ruby on Rails applications since 2011 using Kanban. If you are currently building your MVP for your startup, we’d love to have dialogue with you on how Agile can help you move forward efficiently. Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com.

 

What is agile and why should you use it for your MVP?

What is Agile? 

Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end.

The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto has 4 main values and 12 principles which lead the Agile approach to software development.

The four core values  of Agile Software Development as outlined by Agile Manifesto

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan
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The Twelve Principles of Agile Software Development

The twelve principles of Agile Software Development as outlined by Agile Manifesto

  1. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  2. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
  3. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  4. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
  5. Working software is the primary measure of progress.
  6. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  7. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  8. Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.
  9. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  10. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

 

 

Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

Why should you used Agile software development for your MVP?

Agile takes into consideration that product requirements change during the software development.

Agile is really important in creating your MVP because this can help you know what are the things that you need to prioritize in order for your software project become successful and will also help you get immediate and quick user feedbacks or comments.  

In building software product, one big characteristic that push around the choice of a life cycle method is the clarity and security of software product requirements. Occurring changes in these requirements- after the project started- can delay your progress. In these cases, you must pick the iterative approach because it can be an advantage to accommodate new requirements even after the software project has been started.

A well managed group of end users who can greatly influence on the software project can help your team know the essential requirements and manage changes together with your software dev team. This means that you can achieve your project requirements stability and allow you to use the waterfall method- or the traditional method. But, if your end users are allocated, you must really have a broad range of requirements. You cannot choose one feature over another until the end users use the system and start giving comment. Since Agile assumes that product requirements change, the project can handle multiple user requirements.

DARK SIDES OF AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

The agile methodology is a great factor for software development team to do their software projects work faster and more effective. But on the other hand,there is a dark side to agile approaches. They are usually caused by human mistakes. And there are different strategies you need to know in order to fix them.  

  • Daily stand up meetings- having a meeting could take time which could affect the individual work role. So it must be done effectively in order not to waste your time and also the time of your team.
  • Frequent change requests- several changes could affect the projects that you are doing. It can also delay on releasing project.
  • Non-professional influence on the product- it talks about your active user engagement, and it can make your product unfavorable for the user. You must accept feedbacks of users but trust your experts in making your final decision.
  • Frequent delivery- means that your working features for your customers or users as quickly as possible. This will ensure that the software dev team will receive information and feedback on important changes.  

 


 

We understand Agile. We understand how Agile can help make or break your startup. At Bootyard, we’ve developing Ruby on Rails applications since 2011 using Kanban. If you are currently building your MVP for your startup, we’d love to have dialogue with you on how Agile can help you move forward efficiently. Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com.

Agile practices for your distributed software development team

What is agile? Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end.

What is a distributed dev team? A distributed team is group of developers that’s spread across geographical boundaries and time zones.

These are best agile practices for distributed software development teams:

Meeting face-to-face is the only way to build trust

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  • Allocate a recurring face to face meetings together with your internal team or offshore team
  • Having a strong communication tool like Skype, Phones, high bandwidth and big screens in order to accommodate your remote team
  • Set schedule of visits in frequent intervals across the length of the project
  • Offshore and onshore teams that are working together must ignite relations and build strong trust
  • Trust is most based factor to know who are the highest performing teams

When you are managing a remote team, there are a lot tools that you can use in order to connect with your team. Connecting with your teammates is also another way of building trust with them.

Establish a shared project vision

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What is a project vision?  Is an idealistic perspective of desired results to be produced for the business after successful project completion. It is a strong description of what the business will be like to inspire those project receivers to begin the project.

To establish a shared project vision:

  • The whole team’s participation in this activity highlights ownership of the project outcomes
  • Using collocation travel is the best way to build this
  • Doing release planning, sprint planning, and daily scrum together will also help team build same shared vision

 

Establish continuous integration (CI) with high test coverage across all teams

What is CI? It is the practice of using automation to produce releasable software in short iterations, allowing teams to send high quality software continually. This is also essential to the project owner in making important decisions that could help the business become successful.

CI is essential since it identifies build issues instantly and it avoids the “big bang integration” which is one reason for schedule slippage at the end of project. Continuous integration doesn’t always mean to ship projects but it represents a commitment to ensure that your product is always in a release-ready status.

ScrumMaster at both locations

What is a ScrumMaster? A scrum master is the facilitator for an agile development team. Scrum is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles. The scrum master manages the process for how information is exchanged.

  • Most hindrances will need to be worked within the context and environment of each sub-team

 

Involve full team in release planning, iteration planning, review, and retrospectives

 What is a sprint, iteration, release, review and retrospective?  

Sprint –  as defined by wikipedia, it is the basic unit of development in SCRUM. It is a timeboxed effort that is restricted to a specific duration. It usually starts with a sprint planning meeting that aims to define sprint backlog, identify the work of the sprint, and make an estimated update for the sprint goal and it ends with a sprint review and retrospective that check that reviews,  the progress and identify lessons and improvements for the next sprints.  

Iteration -in agile software development, it is defined as a single development cycle, which is usually measured as one week or two weeks. It also defined as the elapsed time between iteration planning sessions. In short, iteration is the act of repeating.

 Release  it is defined as the distribution of the final version of an application. In agile software development, it is defined as a deployable software package that is the completion of several iterations. Releases can be made before the iteration ends.

Review in software development, it is a type of software review in which an application is examined by its developers or other colleagues in order to evaluate its technical content and quality. The goal of peer review is to verify if the work satisfies the specifications for review, identify any discrepancies from the standards, and give some suggestion for improvements.  

 Retrospective is a look back of events that happened or works that have been produced. In agile software development, it is usually happened after the iteration process. During the retrospective, the team will look back and review the iteration process and identify those things that needs improvement so that the team or company will continue to grow. 

  • Everyone on the team must engaged in the sprint planning meeting, sprint reviews, and retrospective
  • If sub-teams will conduct their own retrospective then they must share outputs or results with other teammates.  

 

Use short sprints

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  • It is unwise to make a big project and hand it to offshore team in assumption of results after 6 months
  • Short iterations insure that you are on track with your offshore team’s work roles on a daily basis wherein you can give quick comments or feedbacks and redirect the team swiftly.

 


 

We understand Agile. We understand how Agile can help make or break your startup. At Bootyard, we’ve developing Ruby on Rails applications since 2011 using Kanban. If you are currently building your MVP for your startup, we’d love to have dialogue with you on how Agile can help you move forward efficiently. Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com.

Tools to stay Agile with your remote Ruby on Rails developers

In building your remote startup team, it is already expected that you’ll be spending some money to make your business possible. From licenses, permit fees, equipment, the costs or expenses could increase quickly.

But tech people is very fortunate, since there a lot of cheap and even free technology tools that will not just help you to save money but will also enhance your company’s efficiency and productivity. And because they are just available online it will be a great advantage especially those people who are working in different remote locations or offices.

Since there are a lot great tools available, here are 10 of best tools that you can use to make your startup business succeed.

1.) Basecamp -this project management tool will help you manage projects and keep your teams on the same page. It also help you to be organized and be able to communicate and collaborate with your teammates in doing different projects.

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2.) Trello– Trello is an essential tool use to collaborate with your team in order to produce a high quality output. It enables you to create different cards, comment and attach some files, which will help you to stay on track on doing different projects together with your whole team.

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3.) Asana– is another collaboration tool created by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein. This tool is essential for your team because it will help you to have a speedy workflow and manages projects in one place.

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4.) Box and DropBox– both collaboration tools that offers unlimited file storage with a secure access to files across devices. You may check out to this  link to choose what might be fit for your team.

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5.) Google for Work– Google has a popular suite of tools that helps business work well. The suite includes: Gmail for emails, Drive for sharing and storage of files, Docs for word processing, sheets, slides for presentation making, and Hangouts for voice and video calls.

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6.) DocuSign– if you are dealing with lot of documents like contracts that need to be signed, this tool would be great help for you. It allows you to sign and send documents electronically.

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7.) Jira and Confluence– these products are both made by Atlassian and are generally used by developers to help manage the development process. Jira is used to track and resolve bugs while Confluence is used for collaboration and management of projects and also use to store and share informations like product requirements.

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8.) Snagit a useful tool that will help you to capture video display and audio output and share it with someone you like.

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9.) InVision– a great tool for collaborating on design drafts into shareable interactive prototypes. And also a great collaboration tool in collecting comments from teammates and clients.

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10.) Flowdock– a collaboration tool that usually used by developers, which has a chat and messaging features that will help you discuss projects and share essential files as a team.

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We understand Agile. We understand how Agile can help make or break your startup. At Bootyard, we’ve developing Ruby on Rails applications since 2011 using Kanban. If you are currently building your MVP for your startup, we’d love to have dialogue with you on how Agile can help you move forward efficiently. Shoot us an email at info@bootyard.com.

 

 

 

 

Why you need an MVP for your startup

What is an MVP? MVP stands for “Minimum Viable Product”. A minimum viable product is “that product which has just those features and no more that allows you to ship a product that early adopters see and, at least some of whom resonate with, pay you money for, and start to give you feedback on”.

In tech community, Uber and Instagram are some of the apps that has quickly rushed into our lives and easily obtained the global popularity and thousands of users. Some people think of what these apps looked like at the beginning. Now, it’s hard to think that once Foursquare and Twitter were primal applications, which is no one has notice about. And it could be even more hard to think that they have been successful because of continuous growth.   

HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM DEVELOPING AN MVP?

What lesson can be learned from the examples mentioned above? The answer is simple: it’s better to create a minimum viable product for your startup rather than not.

DEVELOPMENT COSTS

Never forget the rule: more complicated startups require bigger investments. For every additional feature or more beautiful design you will have to pay. But so as to develop an MVP (it’s still a product, even in its simplest form) you will need a minimum of resources.

 

TEST YOUR BUSINESS PROJECT

In tech industries, building an application is not just about coding. Each application is essential to get and attract clients in order for the creators gain some profit. Your team can create a MVP to get as an accurate answer as possible. Even if the app you’re building had a appealing designs and has many functions, users might be not interested in it. Because there are some famous applications in the same type or they just simply don’t need it. An MVP will be great help for you to know and understand how much users are truly interested in your application.

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GET YOUR FIRST PAYING CUSTOMERS

Early users is another reason why you need to develop a MVP product for your startup team. In building your MVP product, you need to attract people so that they’ll get engaged with your product. That’s the way on how to get viral in tech community. When the time comes that your startup is already well-established this could increase the number of your fans. Early users comments’ will also help you to create and execute a development of your startup. It is a hard part for every developer so you must care about it. And ultimately, early customers is also considered as the first paying customers which will give you the other source of income you need for your team.

GET FEEDBACK

Feedback is another reason why developers is encourage to create a MVP for a startup. It hardly essential to know user’s comments and opinions about your product or output. With its presence, you will understand what are most wanted features and which are the unwanted. Every app should solve an accurate user’s problem. To get information directly from users is the best way to find out how your applications progress copes.  

SAVE YOUR TIME

Building an application takes a lot of time and energy before you can released it, just like in building your MVP. Users’ comments is a big factor that will help you in creating a high quality application. Building your MVP is really essential since it can save time and money but not a hindrance in building high quality product.

ATTRACT INVESTORS

Money can be is considered as the heart of every startup team, which helps the company to operate. You are fortunate if you have a lot of money and do whatever you want. If not, you will find someone who is ready to invest money in your concept. One of the benefits of building your MVP for your startup is that  you’ll have something more sincere and outlook than just your ideas and words. It will really increase the factor of attention and familiarity in the tech community.  

DON’T WASTE YOUR EFFORTS

MVP development will not just save your time and money but will also save your efforts. An MVP is an essential step, which will help you in developing your startup in an effective way and measure your business properly. In building your MVP it’s also important that you will not think that you will give more efforts on adjusting your app to users’ demands and facing with the risks than on creating an MVP.

CASE STUDY:

FOURSQUARE

When year 2010 started, Foursquare extremely uplifted the market of applications with a location-based service. But back then this app was essentially not the same from what we use now. As expected from an MVP it had only 1 main feature: check-ins and badges for completing specific activities.

Modern Foursquare app has more complex design and a larger range of features: for example, city guides, recommendations, and stickers.

AIRBNB

Airbnb or (Airbedandnbreakfast as it was known back in 2007), is a great place for people who are looking for a cheaper accommodation.

The idea just come out accidentally. And that’s what happened to Airbnb. The story has begun with Brian and Joe Gebbia which had no money to pay for their rent, so they decided to offer their apartments on cheap accomodation to the  participants of the Industrial Design Society of America Conference (IDSA) in 2007. And the MVP they have designed was a very simple website with photos of their flat- and that’s all

Until such time they found out that a demand for the service was growing so fast. Not to include the various major designs and the 2 million listings in 57,000 cities, their approach has been to focus on increasing the core experience following constant user comment rather than adding unimportant features and guiding away from the core problem.

Airbnb’s latest essential application update includes sophisticated AI technology for smarter and more personalised app experiences.

UBER

The world’s famous ride sharing app was just a very simple application at the beginning. It was a simple MVP which contains 1 main function which is to connect iPhone owners with drivers and give them with a credit card payment system and aimed to solve 1 specific problem of users- to get a taxi as affordable as fast as possible.   

Live-tracking of drivers, fare splitting, automatic credit card payments, and fare estimates are some of the features that are being used now by Uber users.

UNSPLASH

Unsplash is one of the pioneer copyright free photography model and one of the fastest growing photography websites. Unsplash is another example of an MVP which has grown into the big project. One of the reason why Unsplash is created because of low quality photography, their team think that other people might also have same problem that why they figured it out to know if it’s true.

Rather than spending a huge time creating a website that might be a failure, they set up a $19 Tumblr theme and uploaded 10 hi-resolution photos they’ve taken from a local photographer and within three hours the first version of Unsplash was successfully built.

 


 

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How to choose the right offshore ruby on rails developer for your MVP

Before discussing the “How”, let’s talk about the “Why” first. Why should you hire offshore Ruby on Rails developers?

The cost, is obviously the main reasons. It is much cheaper to hire developers overseas. Why pay for an expensive developer, when you can get the same work done for a quarter of the cost, or less, from another country?

This the reason why a lot of entrepreneurs are working with developers from the Philippines and around the world — work relationships that happen entirely online.

Communication is one of the essential factor in building your remote team. It will take an individual skillset since you are not working on face-to-face basis and a big factor of that is you will learn on how to assess freelancers and manage a remote interview.

In tech world, communication is important in order to have an effective collaboration and in order to produce a high quality output with your other team members. But the question is how will you connect with someone you need in order for your remote team to succeed. Here are some tips that could help you.

Write a precise Job Description

In hiring your RoR developers, a remote interview is not really the first step. Getting connected with them through email, chat or reviewed their past projects could be the initial introductions expected in finding the right RoR developer for your team.

But it should start with an amazing job post, which should be:

  • Readable
  • Short and comprehensive- with clear objectives
  • Complete  – which includes the specific projects you need and any deadlines

In building you remote team you want great developers, regardless of what tools they are most comfortable with. Don’t constrain the job description to “Ruby on Rails Developers”. Any developer worth hiring will learn your specific languages and tools quickly. In a short run, a fast ramp up time is an advantage, but in the long run, having great folks more than makes up for slower ramp up.

Also, don’t call them “programmers.” it is an out of date term that sends a message that you see the role as very narrow, just writing code vs. helping crack tough business problems, work with users and product managers, etc. Good people want to feel like “capital, not labor”.

Be very clear that, although you have a strong point of view on what product you are building, you assume the plan will change multiple times and need folks who can help navigate that change.

Tell folks a lot about the company and business and be open and transparent as soon as you start interviewing. Good developers want to be somewhere where they can see the big picture and get career growth opportunities. No want to “sit in the basement and write code” for long.

Create a shortlist

Before you start the assessment process for your RoR developer, you must know what are the most important factor you need to have in building project.

For example:

  • How will you communicate with business partners?
  • Do you need some outputs in individual file formats?
  • Do you have a strong deadline

 

These information are part of your standards for selecting best proposals and know the developer who’s the best fit. Review including them in your job post so freelancers will be able to know whether they’ll be a good match or not.

When the proposal starts coming, you should set a brief screening process that will help easily know developers who will be a good fit for your team. This might include skills, experiences related to the position needed, clients comments and area.

 

 


 

 

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