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Agile Development

Tech for the Exec | Agile Development

March 29, 2017 | By

The Birth of Agile Development Agile Development has become a bit of a buzz word in technical circles. In fact, it’s become so heavily used (and in many cases overused) that Agile has evolved into more of a general guideline than a mandated checklist. As a bit of background, the term first appeared in 2001…

Introducing ‘Tech for the Exec’: A New Blog Series

February 23, 2017 | By

 “But We Aren’t a Tech Company” Up until quite recently, a typical corporate executive or founder likely viewed a “software” company as a somewhat foreign creature. At one extreme were the likes of Google and Facebook. These behemoths have developed ubiquitous technologies that permeate large portions of our daily lives. On the other end lived the “startup”. These fledgling ventures invoke…

who we are

Firefield: A Reflection on What Makes Us Who We Are

November 9, 2016 | By

Regardless of which political candidate (if any) you may have supported in our presidential election, I think its safe to say that last night’s result was surprising. For fans of the ultimate winner, maybe the outcome was never in doubt. But whether you’re happy, sad, or indifferent this morning, your path to get there likely took a…

software development costs

Software Development Costs: The 5 Expenses That Matter

November 1, 2016 | By

At Firefield we always talk about building software that creates real, measurable benefits. However, unless we also address software development costs, we’re only telling half the story. In this post I’ll break down the obvious, as well as the not-so-obvious, expenses your company should consider when planning your next technology project.   Pure Software Development Costs These pure…

business software

4 Signs Your Business Software Needs an Upgrade

October 7, 2016 | By

It’s hard to know (or maybe be willing to admit) that your business software could use a refresh. That’s particularly true if technology isn’t your specialty. For companies that are busy growing, software upgrades likely feel like a low priority item. Well, if anything in this post sounds familiar, it might be time to reorder your corporate…


Vision vs. Details

December 14, 2015 | By

Sometimes I meet wannabe entrepreneurs who describe themselves as “big picture thinkers” who admittedly don’t understand the details of design or development. They’ve never built a website or app. They don’t know HTML from CSS, PHP from RoR, Photoshop from Illustrator.