What is Technical Debt?

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Technical Debt

As your developers are building your online platform or mobile app, you might acquire something called “technical debt”. There’s a chance that you’ll never be told about it – and you won’t even know what it is, so I wanted to write this article to make you aware of its existence. What is technical debt?There is no single way to … Read More

Why you should build a prototype?

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Prototyping is a common approach for developing a mock or sample product to help test concepts before building out the real thing. It’s used in all different industries and can come in all shapes and forms. In this article, I’ll look at what a prototype looks like for online platforms and apps, and how it can help you build a … Read More

What are acceptance criteria?

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Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria define what the system needs to be able to do in order to be considered ‘complete’ from a software development point of view. In essence, they’re a set of tests that you conduct to confirm that your platform or app does what you want it to. In this article, I’ll look at what they look like and how … Read More

What does CRUD mean?

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CRUD Operations

When you have an idea for a platform or app, you might start paying closer attention to ones you use today, or new ones that do similar things to what you want to do. What you might notice is that there are some common things that you do in each of them. If you’ve added something, viewed a list of … Read More

Why you need to focus on “what” not “how” (when defining your product)

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What not How

In order to turn your online platform  or app idea into a living and breathing thing, you need to define your product. This means that you have to define “what” your product will do. The key word here is “what”. There’s a common pitfall when defining your product to focus on “how” you want you product to work – rather than “what” … Read More

5 Foundations for non-tech people with platform or app ideas

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5 Foundations for non tech

Software technology projects can be tough at the best of times, but what happens when you have an idea for an online platform or app,  and you’ve never done anything like it before?  In this article, I’ll explore some of the ways that non-technical people can get the foundations to set themselves up for success. As someone that’s been in the industry … Read More

Why words like ‘easy’ and ‘quickly’ don’t belong in requirements

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So, you’ve got an idea for website or mobile app that you’re really excited about, and you’re ready to define what it should do. The first thing that pops into your mind might be something like, “the app should be easy to use”. Not an unreasonable thought. However, ease of use is how you market your platform or app – … Read More

How much detail do you need? (writing requirements)

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Detail in Requirements

When you start breaking down your idea and deciding what your platform or app needs to do, it can sometimes feel like Alice in the rabbit hole. In this article, I’m going to look at how much detail you need to get into when defining your product (aka writing requirements).    So, how do you get from an idea to something … Read More

Features vs Benefits (define your product based on benefits)

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The idea of focusing on benefits has been a common approach for marketing products and services for years. Tell your prospective customers and clients what they get out of using your product or service rather than focusing on what your product does. Did you know that this is important as you define your product as well?  Let’s start with the … Read More

How your pricing model affects the development of your product?

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Pricing affects development

Platform and app pricing plays an important part in the success of your product, but did you know that it has an impact on how developers build it? Today’s article will look at how your pricing model can affect what you want your product to do. The approach for monetising your platform or app will vary on a case-by-case basis. … Read More