• Planning for Software Maintenance: How to Prevent “Old Software”

    2 September 2014
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    Planning for Software Maintenance: How to Prevent “Old Software"
    Many first time software buyers don’t know to consider software maintenance when planning their annual budgets. This shortsightedness is understandable—software is expensive to build and most dev shops don’t want to spend a lot of time on long tail cost curves. It can also be difficult to convince buyers to continue spending more money on products after the final invoice is paid. So, why should product owners anticipate additional costs down the line? Simply put, just because your product is working as expected does not mean that it will continue to work in the future.… keep reading
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  • Agile User Story Workshop – Tips for Gathering Stakeholder Feedback

    1 September 2014
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    CURTIS Digital tips for Agile User story workshops
    An Agile Story can be defined as ” short, simple description of a feature told from the perspective of the person who desires the new capability, usually a user or customer of the system – Mike Cohn” Earlier this year we had a complex CMS project where we needed to help the Project Owner gather stories from internal stakeholders. We typically have a storybuilding workshop with our clients, but the number and locations of the stakeholders on this project made that unfeasible.… keep reading
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  • Benefits of Agile: Increased Customer Collaboration

    28 August 2014
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    Importance of Communication and the role of Agile
    Over the course of the last year, CURTIS Digital made the switch from being a primarily Waterfall software agency to an Agile one. If you are at all familiar with the software world, you likely know that each methodology has an almost cult-like following. Jumping ship from one to another is a little unusual—it’s like waking up in the morning as a firm right-wing conservative and deciding by the end of the day that you are actually a staunch Marxist (or vice versa).… keep reading
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  • Improving User Experience, One Field at a Time – Again

    CURTIS Digital User Experience one field at a time
    Most of the systems we develop here are CURTIS Digital now have a input pattern around Twitter handle inputs, e.g., @quotientaustin or @social_quotient . This is commonly found in a user profile management screen, a content management system CMS form, or integrated systems where several Twitter handles are parsed for data to present in another context. There are several common ways to approach this request to the user. Text input box with each handle separated by a comma Text area with each item on a new row A repeating text input – so users can keep adding another Tag input We find that users often have issues with these input criteria – similar to the input of http:// found in our previous post , users are unsure if they need to enter the @ sign or just the name as they copy from other sources.… keep reading
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  • CURTIS Digital Labs is Proud to Release First Product – SpeakerStack!

    We know. We’ve been a little radio silent on the blog-front, but not without good reason. We’ve been locked in the lab working on our first CURTIS Digital product, and it’s finally ready for the world to see. We are proud to present SpeakerStack to you today. SpeakerStack is a revolutionary new platform that is aiming to create a seamless experience for conference presenters and show organizers. Both speakers and show organizers know that managing content for a presentation can be difficult.… keep reading
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  • Android Studio Released!

    20 June 2013
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    Last month at Google I/O, the Android community announced the release  of their new integrated development environment: Android Studio. Android’s new IDE is based on the popular Java-oriented IDE, IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition (also free!). Because CURTIS Digital uses IntelliJ IDEA in its arsenal of Android development tools, we’re especially ready to begin tinkering with this new offering. To help get everyone else excited about this early access preview of Android Studio, we’ve outlined some of our favorite features so far.… keep reading
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