It's been a great year for our blog, and as the year draws to a close, here’s a look back at our most popular articles. We are looking forward to 2018 and can't wait to share our new podcast with you! Here are the top articles which caught your attention.

ToDoist for Getting Things Done (GTD) - 10 Top Ways

When I finally found ToDoist, I was in ecstasy. ToDoist is everything I could want in a time management app and productivity management tool - simple, elegant and quick. It gets out of your way.  It has just the right amount of customization without being everything to everyone. If you haven't used David Allen's Getting Things Done, click to review this quick reference chart as I walk through my process. Read for the top 10 tips on how to Get Things Done with ToDoist!

It’s About More than Pixels: Redefining "Designer" 

Business professionals of a “certain vintage” have a tendency to misunderstand the role of design. They’ve looked at designers as disposable or simply nice to have. But now, digital transformation is pushing us into a brave new business frontier—one where product expectations, unique business needs, and advancements in technology require a new way of thinking.

Go Beyond Minimum Viable Products: Build a Minimum Lovable Product 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as both a customer and a vendor of technology products, it’s that minimum viable products (MVPs), while good intentioned and functional, will rarely make “good” products. And by “good” I mean products that make such an impression upon customers that they happily tell their friends about them. Recently, I came across Laurence McCahill’s post contrasting MVP with MLP (minimum lovable product) and well, fell in love with his case for taking products from viable to lovable.

Seven Ways to MaintAIn Team Culture When Scaling a Business 

When you are a startup, maintaining good team culture while growing fast takes careful planning and diligence. When you're this small family fighting together to thrive and do something meaningful, a culture develops. However once you start growing quickly, the close bond and family-like feeling can start to diminish if you’re not careful. Since scaling a business and maintaining company culture requires so much thought and effort, here is our list of seven simple things that have contributed to the Dialexa team's shared success.

The Importance of Product Design to Your Business 

You’ve no doubt spent painstaking hours evaluating your business objectives and trying to determine what price your customers might be willing to pay for your product. While businesses often perceive value in terms of the features developed at the engineering level, innovative companies understand that the role product design plays in development is equally (if not more) important for long-term sales and customer acquisition success.

Agile Software Development - Minimum Testable Features 

Agile software development typically works toward creating a minimum viable product (or minimum lovable product as we’ve said) - but if you’ve ever hit a few integration hiccups before going to market, you know the MVP/MLP approach isn’t perfect. As the software architecture stack evolves and product demands become more challenging for developers, we need to refine the MVP/MLP approach. Implementing a minimum viable bureaucracy will help, but we need to do more. Go deeper than MVP/MLP and shape your agile software development around minimum testable features.

Bringing Our Office to Life With Matterport Virtual Technology

Matterport Pro 3D Camera exists to turn the physical world into a high-definition virtual world in an incredibly accessible manner. It is equipped with the latest technology including 3D rendering and photometric image stitching, simply at the touch of a button. We got our hands on Matterport technology in preparation for a client pitch (we are using it to show how we would integrate custom hardware and software solutions into an in store experience) and figured, why not scan our own office as well. This is a great way to showcase our unique office space to the public in the most advanced way.

Five Software Development Best Practices 

Is there an "ideal software development project," and, if so, what are steps you should take to achieve this ideal state? There are strict guidelines and different software development best practices methodologies such as scrum or extreme programming, but I have come to the realization that it's not always possible – or wise – to strictly follow these processes. Because there isn't a "playbook" on the components of the ideal software development project, we pulled together some of our most tried and true best practices that make software development projects at Dialexa work better.

Product Backlog Grooming Best Practices for New Product Development

The new product development process can be messy and unwieldy if it's not managed carefully. In agile projects, product backlog grooming is the key to making sure that projects stay on track.

In this post, we share what it is, best practices for effective backlog grooming meetings and how it makes for better (and easier) sprint planning.

Current State Analysis—More Important than You Think for Building a Technology Roadmap

A common strategy framework used by management consultants is the familiar three-phase project approach - current state analysis, future state design, followed by the gap plan/roadmap. Some will de-emphasize the current state analysis because they are all about the “visioning” exercise. And clients often buy into this approach, because, after all, who’s interested in figuring out how we got here, when it’s more interesting to talk about the future?

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