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We suggest having a familiarity with how software projects are structured and then finding great experts to work with. Otherwise, having a background in programming, project management, or design is a huge help. Even taking the time to fully scope your app, will make a smooth transition to getting it built right the first time.

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Cody:

Hello, welcome to another Bixly Tech Tuesday. This is Cody, and this is Cris. We’re going to be talking about tech experts today. And to get us started, we have an initial question. …


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Before starting your project, it’s important to have realistic expectations of how long it takes to make custom software (and therefore how much it costs) before getting started. There’s nothing more disappointing than getting partway through a project only to realize you need to pause because you’re just too busy to dedicate the time it requires.

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Cris:

Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Bixly Tech Tuesday. We’ve got Andrew and I sitting down to talk today about budgeting your time.

Cris:

So Andrew, how do you go about figuring out how to actually best budget…


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Using domestic or overseas teams really depends on your budget, timeline, and how excellent your communication is. There is no one right answer here, but for Bixly we have found that there are fewer problems with communication, turnover, and burnout with our California based team.

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Andrew:

Welcome to another Bixly Tech Tuesday. On this Tech Tuesday, I’m joined by Bixly CEO, Cris Venegas, and we’re going to be talking about working with overseas teams versus domestic teams. And when I say domestic teams, those are just people in your local region, it doesn’t necessarily mean US-based…


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Having excellent communication can make or break your project. Cris and Andrew discuss best practices, helpful tools, and some pitfalls to look out for. Finally they cover what to keep in mind when working with international teams.

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Cris:

Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Bixly Tech Tuesday. Cris, here again with Andrew, our COO. And today we’re going to be talking about communication with your development team. So Andrew, what are some recommendations for like strong communication techniques with your development team?

Andrew:

Sure. So one basic one is that it’s important that you have…


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Wireframes are among the best and cheapest tools for refining and defining your app idea. They can often be a great place to start getting feedback from potential users or investors before spending a single dollar. Check out what Andrew and Cody have to say about creating wireframes for your application.

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Andrew:

Welcome back to another Bixly Tech Tuesday. On this Tech Tuesday, I have Cody Beardsley with me, one of our senior developers and I’m Andrew, the COO at Bixly. We’re going to be talking about wireframes and how they can be beneficial to building…


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We use Ionic for the majority of our mobile development projects. Why? Because it is in line with our goal to help our customers get to cash fast. Ionic is in line with our philosophy that an MVP is the best way for you to tackle your custom software project.

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Andrew:

Welcome back to another Bixly Tech Tuesday. I am Andrew Savala. I’m the COO at Bixly. And I’m going to be talking with Cody Beardsley, who is one of our most senior developers.

Cody:

Hello.

Andrew:

So, on today’s Tech Tuesday, we’re going to be talking about Ionic…


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Staff Augmentation, or outsourcing, can be a great fit for many projects. Because custom software development requires so many skillsets, that generally means you have to hire several people and you have to be enough of an expert to tell if they are quality candidates in each of the areas of expertise. That’s really hard to do! On top of that there’s the overhead of HR, payroll, benefits packages. With Bixly, you get a vetted team, with tons of experience, the brain trust of our entire company, and the ability to add and remove team members when needed.

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Here at Bixly we like to be as transparent as possible about what it really costs to build a custom piece of software, because we think it is essential to having a great relationship with our clients. We have been very open about how expensive it can be to build custom software and you will often hear us saying, “Have $60,000 in the budget and a minimum of three months.” If we were to layout a graph of the out the door expense for our clients it would range from $40,000 to well into six figures. This is why we…


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Project roadmapping (previously called the Discovery Phase) is something that we talk about a lot because it is extremely valuable and important! It even came up on our most recent Tech Tuesday about Wireframes and User Stories. Cody stated that along with DevOps, properly planning your project is the best way to save money and time along the journey of developing a custom piece of software. With that in mind, what does Project Roadmapping look like at Bixly?

First, we listen.


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As always with any nuanced and thoughtful discussion, the answer to this question is, “It depends.” It depends on how you go about building an app. At the end of the day, you will need to have some familiarity with software and programming to get the best results and have the best experience creating a custom website or app. Let’s break it down by domain and how you can divide up the responsibilities.

Areas of Expertise

Andrew Savala

COO at Bixly.com with a background in self-service payment kiosks and project management. Connect on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/redswimmer

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