Lean Project Management: Field Notes from 9 Years of Development

When Oursky first began all three of us founders were project managers (PMs). But as our company grew, we faced the same quality control issues as other companies. With over 50 team members now, we needed to strike a balance between nurturing junior developers who may not have as much experience and ensuring code and design quality for our clients.
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Why Wireframes Win Over Clients

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Why would anyone care about a barebones wireframe? Because basic layouts can help you demonstrate your competency to potential clients. Oursky’s working relationship with a client begins with understanding the problem they want to work and developing a user story. We share our early designs in the conversation to demonstrate our working style before they make their decision. This small investment builds trust with potential clients, helps secure contracts, and begins great working relationships.

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A Guide to Web Design Process (With a Free Template)

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In addition to our reputation for clean and sturdy code, Oursky is known for our thorough design process that produces products such as Cococolor and Artstack. In this post, we’re annotating  our internal web design guideline document for you to use.

We’ve refined this process of the years and going on our ‘don’t repeat yourself’ rule, we’d love to share our process transparently with you. These web design best practices are applicable for client and in-house products. Below, we’ll show you the web design for Skygear‘s sign up web portal (try our BaaS for free!).  to show you how we do things in-house.

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Why Side Projects Help Companies: 10 Ways it Helped Mine

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Facebook Notification Chima Open Door
I got an e-mail in the middle of the night. I opened it to discover that the Android version of our Chima Open Door app was finished.

“As long as it’s not something your boss told you to do, the job gets done so fast.” Recently, I joked about one of our new side projects, Chima Open Door, on Facebook.

This post is about our latest side project, Chima Open Door, why I support my team to pursue their own projects, and how projects like this benefits Oursky as a company. Continue reading “Why Side Projects Help Companies: 10 Ways it Helped Mine”

5 Tips to Get Designer Friends and Make a Kick-Ass Product

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Where does a great back-end solution go? Nowhere, without a front-end. So, you have two options: do it yourself, or get a designer to help. Designers probably seemed like a different species of human. Half of your previous encounters probably ended up awkward or hostile.

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Why Startups Should Care About Growth Hacking

Growth hacker is the next VP of marketing, according to Andrew Chan, the growth advisor in unicorns like Dropbox and AngelList. You may wonder why Growth Hacking has become so trendy in the startups at Silicon Valley. Let’s dive into the growth hacking world: learn more about what exactly growth hackers do and see why your startup need one as well.

 

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Apple’s Best Music App of 2013 Was Outsourced: Jamn

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Are in-house apps always better than outsourced apps? No. Jamn, the musician’s multi-tool, selected as one of Apple’s Best of 2013 Apps in Europe and the Americas, was an outsourcing success at Oursky. In this post, we will share how we built this award-winning app using an MVP, fast iterations and proactive engagement with our client, MiQ Limited.

 

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The Fallacy of Data-Driven Product Design

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House of Cards vs Alpha House

In 2013, not one, but two tech companies took the leap into data-driven political dramas. Only, Amazon’s got an IMDb got a 7.6 rating, and Netflix’s creation got a 9.0. Both are well-funded companies, familiar with techniques such as iterative processes, collecting user feedback, and specialized data analysis. The difference lies in their treatment of data.

In this post, we’ll be comparing the difference between data-driven and data-informed product design.

 

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A Fundamental Guide to Software Project Management

Behind every great team and project, there is this one person titled project manager. He/She is the one who does the ‘dirty job’ to such as to plan, estimate, communicate and make sure everyone in the team is happy — because that’s how people produce great work.

At Oursky, we have a couple of project managers in-house who share the heavy workload of managing our client/own projects. So I asked them for software Project Management tips, here you go!

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