Methods of Working with Remote Developers

When you first start to plan the development of your Minimum Viable Product, one of the main issues to deal with is finding the right people to do your product development. Product development is usually done by a team of which one of the major components besides UEX designers are software developers or programming coders.

This article will deal with the complex issue of finding the right coders and how to manage the development process all while keeping in mind your timetable and budget constraints.

Methods of working with remote developers

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Why Non-Disclosure Agreements Don’t Always Work

Consistently I am asked to sign a NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) usually sent to me by entrepreneurs before I review or listen to a new startup offering. Although there is a lot that has already been written about on this subject, I often refuse to sign them outright, and would like to add my thoughts as to why.

Why Non-Disclosure Agreements Don’t Always Work

Why Non-Disclosure Agreements Don’t Always Work

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How to maintain delicate relations between investors and founders

This article expands a bit the issue of the kinds of relationships there are between investors and founders. How to manage the respective roles as, as either a founder of a startup or as an investor in a venture, is a major issue that needs to be rightly managed in early seed ventures and startups in general in order to achieve success.

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Why defining your target audience is important

This article discusses the importance of defining your target audience or Personas as they might be referred to by UEX and Product managers.
using personas to help define your target audience and better anticipate the user requirements that will need to be developed into your Minimum Viable Product.
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Approaches to MVP Testers – the Web App Case

Providing support for your Minimum Viable Product testers (sometimes known as Alpha version users) is an ongoing process that requires preparation and considerable time and effort in order to receive the kinds of feedback that you are after.

This is the second article which describes another type of venture, one where the product release was done to an ever-growing audience of testers which were not controlled. Because of these complexities, dealing with and offering support to our initial users required a different approach.

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Approaches to finding testers for your MVP, The iPhone App

Providing support for your Minimum Viable Product testers (sometimes known as Alpha version users) is an ongoing process that requires preparation and considerable time and effort in order to receive the kinds of feedback that you are after.

Recently I have come across several complexities when working with Minimum Viable Product testers. Here I describe two ventures; each with a different model for using Minimum Viable Product testers, and consequently chosen because of different users’ needs and approach for each. Here I share my experiences and lessons learned from dealing with both types in this two-part article

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How to jumpstart your vision

Right now I am busy helping to bootstrap a new startup that has a unique idea and niche market aimed for middle-aged women. In this article, I would like to share the process we are going though and how we are in the early stages of forming our team and approaching seed investors.
Approaching seed investors is easy when you prepare your wireframes and requirements documents in advance. Once you select the right team to develop your Minimum Viable Product, potential investors will come to you.
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Developing your MVP Mobile App

When developing your Minimum Viable Product mobile App, the first thing you need to define is the limits of how far you want to go. You need to decide how far you want to enhance the user experience in juxtaposition with the need to develop the essential functionality required to test it as a Minimum Viable Product. Sometimes keeping a balance between the two needs is challenging

Developing your Mobile Minimum Viable Product App

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Online Education Resources for Startups

In this article, I would like to share some online education resources that you can use to help you in the early stages of developing your invention or idea as an entrepreneur.

These online educational resources includes videos, podcasts, recorded interviews and articles that often times are mostly free allowing you to easily prepare for yourself a self training plan on almost any subject, giving you the opportunity to listen to some of the most experienced entrepreneurs or lecturers explaining their views and experiences as well as giving their sales pitch.
Online resources for inventors and entrepreneurs to learn from others about their experiences with start-ups
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Building your Product SEO Infrastructure

While you strategize about your startup marketing strategy, you also need to consider the several ways you are going to promote your product. Investing in your site’s SEO infrastructure is part of a long term strategy for developing your product and its brand.

Search engine optimization (SEO), as a sole strategy, will not bring quickly enough the large amount of target audience users you are expecting to show your product to. SEO should, first and foremost, be considered as a way to strengthen your brand or product visibility and as a way to gain trust among users. In a secondary sense, SEO can be used as a way to support your cross channel efforts, because users these days tend to move more and more between channels while looking up solutions for their needs. A good SEO strategy balances the requirement of being there when they need to find you, so when they look they can easily locate you in all available channels, with the long term approach of building your product presence overall and bringing masses of customers to become acquainted with it.

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Preparing a Social Media Marketing Strategy for your MVP

Social media marketing has revolutionized the way young startups gather and interact with their target audiences and consequently it has influenced the way that we gather potential new customers. Social Media marketing is a good way to test your Minimum Viable Product assumptions and gather user requirements. It may also help when searching for a monetization model, and nonetheless aids in finding users for the beta release of your Minimum Viable Product.

There are four keys to utilizing the power of Social Media. First is understanding the different methods and possibilities available when using social media. Second, prepare a plan for what is needed and expected from using the social media. Third, design and test the methods you plan to use to achieve your goals. Finally, execute your strategies while continuously adjusting your techniques and method, depending on the results you get.

Getting the right strategy for managing your social media marketing is key to a well designed and tested MPV.
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Creating your Application Taxonomy

Taxonomies systems for naming and organizing things into groups that share similar characteristics. Initially emerging from Biology and Library Sciences, we increasingly tend to use Taxonomies for describing the outcome structure of buildings, or for labeling the navigation system of a given application.

Creating a product’s set of taxonomies is part of the User Experience and Information Architecture process. It is therefore an important aspect of communicating the product offering to the target audience in a way that will help them understand the product’s functionality, while at the same time, minimizing the amount of time they spend in order to get their bearings and find what options they need to control within the product


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User Testing Made Easy

In this article I share a recent experience of a user testing session that was conducted. I believe that this experience shows how much easier things become when user testing is performed. Not only does it yield data about your Minimum Viable Product, it is also important to meet regularly with real users to gather user requirements during the initial stages of the development of your product - before it is offered to the market - for these reasons.
Users can test your invention before it heads to the marketplace. Sometimes multiple rounds of testing is required in order for your target audience to understand your offering. Meeting with a sample of potential users provides an opportunity to collect data on user requirements for future releases of versions of your product.
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Wire Framing Your Minimal Viable Product

Wire-frames are useful in the preparation of mock-ups and are also helpful in the process of developing your Minimum Viable Product. Wireframes are the output of choice for interaction designers and product managers, because it allows them to easily and quickly draw a page schematic or screen blueprint that represents the skeletal framework of the application or any part of it. Wireframes enable developers to envision not only how the product works but also gives them the opportunity to explain any perceived user flows at the design stage.

Wires are useful tools that help you take your idea and express it in a way that designers and developers can interpret. In order to develop an idea into an invention, you need to have the right equipment to communicate with

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Cross Platform Applications and Responsive Design

This article discusses one of the more important trends in current application design and development, cross platform application, which impacts your product’s ability to reach different types of audiences that use various devices. When developing your Minimal Viable Product (Minimum Viable Product), cross platform application support immediately becomes a big challenge to the problem of reaching your target audience.

How to implement cross platform application in products with built-in responsive design features.

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