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Private APIs vs. Open APIs

One of the key considerations that should guide both your API business strategy and your interface architecture is the distinction between open and private APIs. An interface is defined as…

Benefits of Headless CMS vs a Traditional CMS Headless CMS

The time to choose a headless CMS over a traditional CMS couldn't be more clear. Gabriella Pirrone Gabriella Pirrone September 9, 2019 Headless CMS vs Traditional CMS There are some very clear and obvious benefits to the notion of content…

Putting Personas to Work in UX Design: What They Are and Why They’re Important

It’s likely you’ve heard the term persona before, especially if you’ve worked in user experience design. Personas are a commonly used tool in UX design. At their core, personas are about creating products with a specific, not generic, user in…

Vietnam: The Emerging Software Outsourcing Destination

Outsource to Vietnam? Offshore development includes software development, Web apps, MEAN stack, automation testing and more. Outsourcing software development is the driving economic force of many emerging countries. India and China are well…

Top 100 Slogans To Inspire and Motivate Your Team Top 100 Slogans To Inspire and Motivate Your Team

Short slogans

Below is a list of examples of short slogans:

  1. Together we're stronger.

  2. Work smarter, not harder

Frequently Asked Questions about Odoo Frequently Asked Questions about Odoo

Is it hard to learn Odoo?

Odoo is the world's easiest all-in-one management software.

Is Odoo better than SAP?

If you run an international enterprise from the Fortune 1000 list and you…

3 Levels of Quality in KANO Analysis Model 3 Levels of Quality in KANO Analysis Model

Customers do know what they want but may not be proficient at describing their needs. The KANO model identifies three types of customer needs. By understanding the three types of customer needs and how to reveal them with the…

How to streamline your deal approval workflow How to streamline your deal approval workflow

Businesses that plan together, succeed together. But whenever a business makes a deal with another business, it needs to be approved on both sides. And getting that approval can be a slow, inefficient process. With multiple teams and individuals…

8 core Odoo modules you need in a construction ERP project 8 core Odoo modules you need in a construction ERP project

At whatever point a construction company thinks about optimizing its actions and administration, they’ve to think about implementing an ERP solution.

The implementation of ERP might be one of the best ways that a corporation can do that.…

4 tips for meeting tough deadlines when outsourcing projects to software vendor 4 tips for meeting tough deadlines when outsourcing projects to software vendor

Running a business is demanding and, even with the best employees, you can't do it all. Seasonal workload shifts, new clients or projects, and unexpected problems can overtax your resources and place you at risk of not meeting expectations.…

XERO vs ODOO: Which fits your needs? XERO vs ODOO: Which fits your need?

Outsource Accounting these days is catching the pace. Companies, nowadays are opting more for it.. it allows companies to handle their business more efficiently by eliminating the burden of manual accounting that involves a lot of paper work.…

Odoo - the Right Software for Your Digital Transformation? Odoo - the Right Software for Your Digital Transformation?

Most small and midsize businesses run on old software suites. Their systems no longer fit the demands of a work-from-anywhere world. Even worse, they are not well integrated, causing extra work for employees who spend long hours, often on…

Leadership 5 Leadership Thoughts from John C. Maxwell  Leadership 5 Leadership Thoughts from John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Reaching more than 350,000 people a year through speaking engagements alone, and over a million through resources, he is…

What is the IT Program Management? What is the IT Program Management?

What is the IT Program Management?

IT program management is the process of managing the development of multiple and related IT projects.

Understanding the IT Program Management

IT…

Is gold plating good or bad in project management? Is gold plating good or bad in project management?

For example: after having met the requirements, the project manager or the developer works on further enhancing the product, thinking the customer will be delighted to see additional or more polished features, rather than what was asked for or…

Gold plating in Project Management Gold plating in Project Management

As a Project Manager, I sometimes get a lot of flack. I’m the one that has to deal with client issues, scope challenges, budget constraints and interpersonal issues. I love my job, love the colleagues I work with, the clients I have the…

Differences between Contract addendum vs. amendment Differences between Contract addendum vs. amendment

Contract addendums and contract amendments sound similar — in some ways, they can deliver similar results. It’s important to recognize, however, that these two contract-law terms are unique and have incredibly different…

6 Useful Tips To Streamline Business Processes and Workflows 6 Useful Tips To Streamline Business Processes and Workflows

A process has been streamlined when it has been simplified. This simplification process is usually achieved by removing complex or unnecessary steps. There are several ways to streamline a process that includes various approaches and modern…

Infographic: Cutting Edge vs Bleeding Edge Technology Infographic: Cutting Edge vs Bleeding Edge Technology

Cutting Edge vs. Leading Edge. Bleeding edge is generally defined as newer, more extreme, and even riskier than technologies on the cutting or leading edge. For that reason, some companies prefer to play it safe by marketing…

IT governance best practices: What is shadow IT? IT governance best practices: What is shadow IT?

In the past, IT held all the power. If users wanted access to a new product or tool, they had to put in a request and wait for it to be approved.

But the way that we do work is changing. More and more, users are used to working how they…

IT Training and Development: The most effective options for upskilling IT staff IT Training and Development: The most effective options for upskilling IT staff

Training & Development

Training and development refers to educational activities within a company created to enhance the knowledge and skills of employees while providing information and instruction on how to better…

Recruit People with Odoo Recruitment Recruit People with Odoo Recruitment

HR Recruitment

Holding an effective recruitment management strategy is an essential aspect of the human resource department of your organization. It can be considered as the first step for the success of your…

How to Choose a Software Development Partner? How to Choose a Software Development Partner?

For tech companies, in particular, this often means choosing a software development partner.

Outsourcing your software development team is always a tempting option, but doing it right comes down to covering all the details. …

What is Bug Convergence? Why is it important for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)? What is Bug Convergence? Why is it important for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)?

Bug convergence is a milestone in the stabilizing phase of a project life cycle. It is a point at which the new bug rate (found during an application testing) drops below the bug resolution rate. At this point, the rate of bugs resolved exceeds…

Gamification - The most remarkable feature in Odoo to motivate and reward staff Odoo Gamification for CRM, HRM, Accounting...

Odoo Gamification - Perhaps the most underrated feature in Odoo that has been overlooked so far.

Every jobholder has high expectations of being rewarded according to their performance. Who will be not be interested in…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Time and Material Contract (T&M) Advantages and Disadvantages of Time and Material Contract (T&M)

What is Time and Material Contract (T&M)?

The time and material software development pricing model is an appropriate solution for those who do not have clear-cut software development requirements…

Managing Expectations on Projects Managing Expectations on Projects

Companies launch new projects every single day and invest thousands of dollars, hours, sweat and tears into their success. And yet just about every one of us has encountered a project that did not successfully complete.

Why is it so hard…

The Key to Implementation Projects: Manage Customers Expectations The Key to Implementation Projects: Manage Customers Expectations

I am a developer. I like to develop; it's fun and intellectually challenging.

But, as the CEO of Odoo, I also know that, for ERP implementation projects, custom developments should be avoided as much as possible.

It's not as easy…

8 Expert Tips to Overcome Scope Creep without Losing Clients 8 Expert Tips to Overcome Scope Creep without Losing Clients

According to a study by Geneca, 75% of IT professionals think that their project is doomed from the start. Do you know why? Regularly changing project requirements leads to scope creep, which ultimately creates a gap between your business goals…

Set up and organize your sales pipeline Set up and organize your sales pipeline

A well structured sales pipeline is crucial in order to keep control of your sales process and to have a 360-degrees view of your leads, opportunities and customers.

Running Your Own Service Business with Odoo - Everything You Need to Know Running Your Own Service Business with Odoo - Everything You Need to Know

While there are many advantages to running your own service business, being a one-person company can sometimes be challenging. One of the toughest things about it is that you have to do it yourself: from managing accounts to maintaining an online…

How to run and scale your business with Odoo ERP software? How to run and scale your business with Odoo ERP software?

When your business is young, it’s natural to add software or applications along the way.

So, when you feel the need to handle leads, you purchase a CRM system. When you think managing projects isn’t easy, you opt for a project management…

Expected features of Odoo 16: New apps, new improvements and big changes  Expected features of Odoo 16: New apps, new improvements and big changes

If you are using Odoo or even following it, you might know of its annual event- Odoo Experience.

Odoo Experience is a three-day event with 10,000+ participants, 100+ exhibitors, 200+ talks, and infinite networking opportunities.

Do More with Less? Do More with Less?

If you have asked your employee to do more with less, you are not alone. As organizations laid off and furloughed workers, they also struggled to keep revenue streams open. That meant doing as much work as possible with as few resources as…

Top 10 Benefits of Employee Self-Service Portal (ESS) Top 10 Benefits of Employee Self-Service Portal (ESS)

What are ESS Portals?

HR managers face a lot of challenges in a constantly evolving job market. Adapting to innovation, dealing with a large workforce, and managing expenses and records are some examples. In instances…

What is employee self-service (ESS)? What is employee self-service (ESS)?

Employee self-service (ESS) is a widely used human resources technology that enables employees to perform many job-related functions, such as applying for reimbursement, updating personal information and accessing company benefits information --…

What is MIS (Management Information Systems)? What is MIS (Management Information Systems)?

MIS professionals make business better

Businesses use information systems at all levels of operation to collect, process, and store data. Management aggregates and disseminates this data in the form of information…

What are the (dis)advantages of Pimcore? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Pimcore?

Pimcore rocks as an advanced enterprise CMS, AMS, PIMS, what have you. We have been using it in a corporate environment as our asset management system since v1.2 and are using v1.4.1 right now and loving it.

Disadvantages…

Outsourcing - Not Just Cost Savings Outsourcing - Not Just Cost Savings

As the outsourcing industry expanded and branched out to a diverse set of functions, 74% of companies now outsource IT, 52% outsource HR, 43%…

Software Outsourcing Models - Which is best for client? Software Outsourcing Models - Which is best for partnership?

Software development outsourcing is becoming more and more popular and prevalent for tech savvy companies. Before you adopt this model you need to know different models of outsourcing, their use cases, benefits, and how to be successful with it.…

Is your Project ‘Business As Usual’? Is your Project ‘Business As Usual’?

Companies have become keenly aware that BAU - Business as Usual - is just not good enough any more.  If you don't innovate you will cease to be, but most big organizations have difficulty managing the tension between progress (innovation) and…

Business-As-Usual (BAU) Testing Business-As-Usual (BAU) Testing

Read also: Is your Project ‘Business As Usual’?

As Quality Assurance professionals, many times we used to talk about this term BAU (Business As Usual)…

NDA for Software Development Outsourcing: What should we do to make it really work?  NDA for Software Development Outsourcing: What should we do to make it really work?

Before you kick off with the software outsourcing project or the IT recruitment processes, you should consider signing an NDA, meaning a Non-Disclosure Agreement. What is NDA, why is it important in software outsourcing and how to prepare it?…

Keys to a win-win Outsourcing Partnership

Outsourcing your software development or accounting, payroll, reporting... is a collaborative partnership. This means you’re not handing off tasks and processes to an outside party to be completed without your involvement. Your Business Process…

Why is it important to have a “single point of contact (SPoC)” on an IT project? Why is it important to have a “single point of contact (SPoC)” on an IT project?

What does Wikipedia say:

“A point of contact (POC) or single point of contact (SPOC) is a person or a department serving as the coordinator or focal point of…

Odoo Website Helpdesk Support Ticket and Issue Management Odoo Website Helpdesk Support Ticket and Issue Management

Odoo Website Helpdesk and Support System Module in Odoo allows you to manage and create Support Tickets for customers and access Ticket Portal for complete Issue Management Technical support team in Odoo, service center…

Increasing Transparency and Automation to Compress the Competition Increasing Transparency and Automation to Compress the Competition

Country: Finland
Industry: Direct drive Oil-Free air VSD turbo compressors Manufacturing
Implementation Partner: SprintIT
Odoo Account Manager: João Monjardino 
Apps Implemented: PLM, Quality, Inventory,…

What is outsourcing? Definitions, best practices, challenges and advice What is outsourcing? Definitions, best practices, challenges and advice

What is outsourcing?

Outsourcing is a business practice in which services or job functions are farmed out to a third party. In information technology, an outsourcing initiative with a technology…

Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Intelligence – What You Need To Know Before Adopting AI Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Intelligence – What You Need To Know Before Adopting AI

A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. – Alan Turing

Odoo Project Management - Easily Manage all Your Work  Odoo Project Management - Easily Manage all Your Work

Odoo Project Management

A fast user interface designed for modern project management. Get all the information you need where you need it.

Foresight. Insight. Hindsight. To succeed, you need all three

I’ve really learned to appreciate the nuanced differences between foresight, insight and hindsight especially when it comes to growing new ventures. Together these three words make up the spectrum of skills any entrepreneur or team needs to have…

5 Reasons Why Analytics is Vital to Project Management 5 Reasons Why Analytics is Vital to Project Management

From the idea to the execution stage, the project life cycle entails identifying the risks, budget, project schedule, and adhering to the timelines. It’s a great idea to use project management tools such as Wrike, Jira, etc. to meet the demands…

[INFOGRAPHIC] The 12 Agile Principles [INFOGRAPHIC] The 12 Agile Principles

The 12 Agile Principles—Infographic

Agile Project Management is becoming more popular on projects and is rapidly replacing more traditional project methods and approaches. So, what makes agile so popular? Well, we think it’s because…

How Agile Transformation is Different From Digital Transformation? How Agile Transformation is Different From Digital Transformation?

Introduction

In today’s competitive digital era, where a Fortune 500 company’s life expectancy has declined from around 70 years- just half a century ago to less than ten years, it is becoming necessary for every…

How to maximise value from IT vendor collaborations? How to maximise value from IT vendor collaborations?

It goes without saying that not everyone can be a maestro of everything. This is hugely applicable to IT businesses who tackle complex tasks across several technologies and infrastructures on a daily basis. It becomes clear that IT companies that…

Post-mortems vs Retrospectives: What’s the Difference? Post-mortems vs Retrospectives: What’s the Difference?

Picture this. After months of work, you’re done. Your big feature or project has been released, customers are reaping the rewards of your work and your team is overjoyed. Celebratory drinks are ordered. Everyone breathes a big sigh of relief.…

How are product post-mortem reviews different from project post-mortems? How are product post-mortem reviews different from project post-mortems?

Projects tend to be one-shot efforts; products are long-lived items with many releases and many customers.

The one-shot nature of projects means that (on average) our post-mortem is at the end, and usually focuses on where projects go…

What is a Software Post-Mortem? What is a Software Post-Mortem?

There are software bugs that can end up crippling companies if they aren't dealt with rapidly.

The Knight Capitol Group was an American…

What pros and cons are there if non-IT company hires an outsourcing company to develop there apps? What pros and cons are there if non-IT company hires an outsourcing company to develop there apps?

There definitely are two sides to outsourcing. But when it comes to a company outsourcing app development, it's safe to say that it probably is the best option, because, well, as long as your company doesn't plan to launch new apps consistently,…

Vietnam is a favorite supply of IT outsourcing services to Japan Vietnam is a favorite supply of IT outsourcing services to Japan

According to a statistics from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan has an average of over 100,000 engineers working in the fields of information security, cloud computing and mobile technology. For new technologies such…

Top tips for entering an IT partnership for the first time Top tips for entering an IT partnership for the first time

Partnerships are a massive part of human society, and have been for centuries, based on the fact that we’re social animals and function better in teams. In business terms, partnerships have also been prevalent across different sectors where…

New Tech Solutions Should Always Tie into the Customer or Client Journey New Tech Solutions Should Always Tie into the Customer or Client Journey

The other day I made a purchase via a new vendor. I then wished to exchange the item. It was apparent to me that someone had spent quality time to map the return process as if they were the customer.

Why is this so important? Because, if…

4 Keys to Improve Collaboration and Alignment 4 Keys to Improve Collaboration and Alignment

If you ask many who are in tech support or providing service to customers, there is a significant problem affecting many organizations: a lack of collaboration between teams and departments. With new technology, processes, or tools thrust upon…

The work breakdown structure (WBS) for project management: What it is and how to use it The work breakdown structure (WBS) for project management: What it is and how to use it

A work breakdown structure (WBS) is a visual project breakdown. Beginning with the scope of work, the WBS shows the deliverables and how they connect back to the overarching project.

Since a work breakdown structure is displayed visually…

Why is a Business Case Important and how to write an effective business case? The beginner’s guide to writing an effective business case

Nearly every project needs to be approved—whether that means getting the simple go-ahead from your team or gaining the support of an executive stakeholder. You may be familiar with using a project plan or project charter to propose a new…

Release management: 5 steps of a successful process Release management: 5 steps of a successful process

If you’ve ever experienced a software release, you know just how complicated things can get. From managing project timelines to keeping track of due dates and scope, it’s a lot for one person to handle. That’s where release…

9 IT outsourcing mistakes to avoid

As IT outsourcing moves well into its third decade, IT decision makers have made great strides in maturity, managing to avoid some common and costly pitfalls of the practice. As clients enter into their next-generation outsourcing deals today,…

What Are OLAs? SLAs vs OLAs vs UCs: What’s The Difference? What Are OLAs? SLAs vs OLAs vs UCs: What’s The Difference?

In today’s technology-driven marketplace, delivering superior IT service management is a requirement. As such, organizations must monitor key infrastructure performance indicators and business services, all defined in :

  • Service Level…
What is an SLA? Best practices for service-level agreements What is an SLA? Best practices for service-level agreements

SLAs are a critical component of any outsourcing and technology vendor contract. Beyond listing expectations of service type and quality, an SLA provides remedies when requirements aren’t met. 

Following are answers to common questions…

3 Ways to Avoid Scope Creep in Consulting 3 Ways to Avoid Scope Creep in Consulting

As a consultant, be it IT or creative, you’ve probably experienced a moment of doubt or uncertainty at some point in your career - and in most cases, it’s been related to your overall profitability.

There are many…

16 hidden costs of OUTSOURCING The hidden costs of outsourcing

One of the biggest mistakes an IT organization can make when outsourcing is failing to consider the total cost of the relationship — including all the hidden costs that are likely to accrue. Historically, there has been little incentive for…

Discover the Hidden Costs of Outsourcing Discover the Hidden Costs of Outsourcing

Avoid surprises. Uncover, measure, and mitigate hidden costs of outsourcing.

  • Business and IT leaders have come under increasing pressure to cut costs, in part due to hype surrounding the…
Offshore Software Development Rates by Country Offshore Software Development Rates by Country

Before employing offshore developers, thoroughly research today’s offshore software development rates by countrySoftware development hourly rates by region vary according to…

Template - Software/R&D Outsourcing Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Sample Software/R&D Outsourcing Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

We are very concerned about our clients and potential clients' business health. Here is an example of NDA that we used to sign with our partners:

NON - DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

  1. Effective today…

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Engineering Services Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Engineering Services

Today, large enterprises, small and mid-sized businesses, and even startups all over the globe use outsourced engineering services to bring their software development projects to life. An outside team is often a good solution for optimizing…

What are Benefits of Offshore Software Development? What are Benefits of Offshore Software Development?

Let's consider the main benefits for you as a customer in case you decided to use offshore development services.

Reasonable development costs

Most offshore software development…

What is Offshore Development and how to choose the right vendor? What is Offshore Development and how to choose the right vendor?

At the moment, the outsourcing market shows a turnover of about 320 billion dollars. Most of it is highly qualified labor, so we can confidently say that outsourcing and offshore development companies are an extremely important part of the global…

Offshore Software Development – Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities Offshore Software Development – Benefits, Challenges, Costs and More

Whether you are a founder starting an app business or a project manager launching an app, software development outsourcing is a complex business decision. There are a number of factors to consider, and the things at stake if you make a bad…

Building a CI/CD pipeline: key considerations

A continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline is a workflow that incorporates software development phases. It includes continuous processes for integration, testing, delivery, and software deployment. These processes are…

Best practices to Offshore Software Development Best practices to Offshore Software Development

When you’re wondering what is offshore software development, remember outsourcing. Offshore software engineering is synonymous, and indeed means, outsourcing. The word ‘offshore’ simply marks the fact that you’re sending your business operation…

Offshore Software Development: Why You Should Hire Offshore Developers Offshore Software Development

Everyone is talking about the talent shortage in the U.S., especially in regards to how difficult it is to find and hire the right people for the job. Coupled with rising wages and independent contractor rates, it can be difficult to find the…

Using stretch work assignments to help engineers grow Using stretch work assignments to help engineers grow

Most companies aim to build high-performing teams that have motivated engineers. One of the best ways to achieve this is through creating an environment that allows your engineers to constantly grow and develop their skills. Assigning your…

What is a Knowledge Base? How to Build and Manage an Effective Knowledge Base? What is a Knowledge Base? How to Build and Manage an Effective Knowledge Base?

Why are Knowledge Bases Important?

Knowledge bases can be an incredibly valuable resource if they are created and managed well. Their importance lies in the numerous benefits they provide:

  1. Help to continually lower…
What is technical debt? How to escape the black hole of technical debt What is technical debt?  How to escape the black hole of technical debt

Working in the product space often requires quick decisions about software features. If you’ve ever worked in a DevOps team, you know just how many decisions are needed to push features live. 

Technical debt is the term used to describe…

What VUCA Really Means for You What is VUCA?

It’s become a trendy managerial acronym: VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, and a catchall for “Hey, it’s crazy out there!” It’s also misleading: VUCA conflates four…

Deleting data: soft, hard or audit? Deleting data: soft, hard or audit?

For years I have developed web apps with the idea of soft deletes: when data is deleted, it is simply marked as “deleted”, but not actually deleted from the database.

One of the main reasons for this is that, well, users tend to like…

How does the cost of software development outsourcing in Vietnam compare with other countries? How does the software development outsourcing in Vietnam cost compared with other countries?

Hiring outsourcing development companies in Vietnam is cheaper than China, India.

Currently, India and China are industry leaders for outsourcing development companies. Vietnam market started to emerge…

Scrum Vs Agile Vs CMMI Methodologies Differences Scrum Vs Agile Vs CMMI Methodologies Differences

Agile is a methodology implemented in software industries for its development. In this method, team development is attained by sprints, iterations. Thus, process incremental is achieved by performing sprints. This helps the organization to…

CMM vs. CMMI: What's the difference? CMM vs. CMMI: What's the difference?

CMMI is a newer, updated model of CMM. SEI developed CMMI to integrate and standardize CMM, which has different models for each function it covers. These models were not always in sync; integrating them made the process more efficient and…

TQM vs. Kaizen vs. Six Sigma: what’s the difference? TQM vs. Kaizen vs. Six Sigma: what’s the difference?

TQM, Kaizen, and Six Sigma are all unique management approaches that have a shared focus on processes rather than projects and value continuous improvement— let’s examine where they differ.

Six Sigma

Six Sigma …

What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Software? What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Software?

When it comes to the use of specialized software there are two main options that you have to choose from: custom software and off-the-shelf software. There’s no clear answer which option is better. It depends on the goals and…

The Pros and Cons of 10 Information Gathering Techniques for Projects The Pros and Cons of 10 Information Gathering Techniques for Projects

Every project manager knows that you need the right information to make your project a success. Vital information such as a projects requirements, client’s expectations and assumptions and understanding the risks are all a key part of the…

What is Requirements Elicitation? Why is it important for software project success?

Discussing requirements is one of the first and most important stages of software development. The scope, budget, and time estimation for a project fully depend on how complete, clear, and relevant the requirements are. …

How much does Software Programming Cost in Vietnam?

Outsourcing software programming companies in Vietnam is more costly-effective than China, India’s ones

Currently, India and China are industry leaders for outsourcing software programming and…

Expected Features of Odoo 16 ? Expected Features of Odoo 16 ?

Odoo 16 is expected to be be released during odoo experience 2022.

We plan to release Odoo version 16 during Odoo Experience in October 2022.

Disclaimer: Please note that a product roadmap is a forward looking vision…

Remote Project Management – Tips to Manage Successful Remote Project Teams Remote Project Management – Tips to Manage Successful Remote Project Teams

Remote work is increasingly becoming the norm rather than an exception. We have the Covid-19 pandemic to thank for speeding up a shift to the remote that was already afoot.

Here are three statistics about remote work to illustrate the…

Remote vs. On-Site Work: What’s It Gonna Be? Remote vs. On-Site Work: What’s It Gonna Be?

Working remotely has always been the most popular choice among tech specialists and other digital nomads. This type of employment has countless benefits. It drives flexibility and enables a more balanced lifestyle. During the past year or so, we…

9 Important Pros and Cons of Outsourcing to Vietnam 9 Important Pros and Cons of Outsourcing to Vietnam

The outsourcing industry in Vietnam has grown tremendously in recent years, making it an attractive outsourcing destination for international companies. 

Today, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city is regarded as one of the top cities in the world…

What Is Software Outsourcing and How Much Does it Cost?

Are you looking for a software house to create your app? Nowadays, thanks to outsourcing services, the whole world is at your disposal. You can opt for locally-based services or choose nearshore or offshore development. Whatever your decision is…

What Are the 12 Principles of Agile Project Management?

According to the PMI Pulse of the Profession annual report, 48% of projects are…

Creativity vs. Innovation: What's the Difference?

Change is the basic law, that governs the entire nature. In this fast-paced world, technology is changing rapidly, i.e. nobody can assure you that the world is going to be same, five years later, as everything changes with the blink of an eye. So…

Difference between Quality and Grade

The terms "quality" and "grade" are often used interchangeably. In this post, let's understand the difference between these two terms

Difference between Quality and Grade:

Quality is an attribute that…

Understanding the Role of an IT Business Analyst & How to Become One

The role of an IT Business Analyst is to understand the business landscape and the changing needs of the business. A Business Analyst will communicate with the top stakeholders in the organization to analyze business requirements, processes, and…

PERT Based Projects: the Program Evaluation & Review Technique

The PERT based projects method of planning:

Every project manager wants to successfully see a project through from ideation to fruition. Planning and estimation are key to this success. However, when projects are complex, it can be…

How to write an effective request for proposal (RFP)

Learn more: The differences between RFP, RFI, and RFQ

The following chart shows four steps in a standard request for proposal process.

The differences between RFP, RFI, and RFQ

In some cases, an RFP can be confused with a request for information (RFI) or a request for quotation (RFQ). The table below details the differences between these documents.

 
How to Write RFI to Software Development

So, Have You Ever Heard of RFI?

First of all, RFI stands for 'Request for Information'. An RFI is a document that organizations, as well as products and services, send to potential suppliers to gather information about…

What are the best practices for software contract negotiations?

I made a framework for negotiating software deals. It's made of 9 categories of questions you answer from your point of view first, and research possible answers from your negotiating partner's POV.

This defines your scope. Answers fit…

RFI vs RFP: Understanding the difference

RFIs and RFPs are used at different points in the pre-development phase of a project. Both types of requests are looking for solutions to a problem, but the response to each one will be very different. In this article, we’ll compare RFI and RFP,…

What is a Request for information (RFI)?

RFI meaning

request for information is better known by its acronym RFI. It’s a document that a company uses to request information about a product or service from suppliers. This way, the…

6 Benefits Of Using WBS Project Management

As seen in the PMP Training, the Work breakdown structure of a project shows the hierarchical decomposition of the project work and…

What is the difference between DoR (Definition of Ready), DoD (Definition of Done) and AC (Acceptance Criteria)?

What’s the Difference between DoR, DoD and Acceptance Criteria?

To ensure the definition and verification of quality goals it is critical to define when a specific work item is complete and can thus be…

Fixed-price vs time & material vs dedicated team: which engagement model to choose?

To choose a correct engagement model for your project is one of the most critical things which must figure out soon. It is like deciding between Agile software development and Waterfall.

However, the engagement model has far more…

What is Empirical Process Control?

In Scrum, decisions are made based on observation and experimentation rather than on detailed upfront planning. Empirical process control relies on the three main ideas of transparency, inspection, and adaptation.

What are the 10 Principles of LeSS Framework?

LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum Framework) is more than a set of principles and experiments. It also provides a framework with rules. The LeSS Rules define what is LeSS (and what isn’t) and they provide a concrete framework for applying LeSS. Within the…

The Fallacy of Data-driven Decisions

Entrepreneurs and managers who lead emerging companies often make critical decisions based on imperfect data and a gut feeling.

Most, if not all, companies seek “…

How the Diderot effect affects your business?

If you have never heard of the name Denis Diderot before, then it’s about time you had a peek at who he is and what kind of impact he has on how today’s businesses work.

Who is Diderot and What is Diderot Effect?

The Benefits Of Service Level Agreements In Custom Software Development

Measuring the productivity of software engineers is a controversial topic. A traditional service level agreement (SLA) encompasses the scope of agreement-related issues, but productivity remains one of the most disputable, interesting, and actual…

What is the difference between a use case alternative flow and an exception flow?

A use case specification describes the functionality of a system in terms of a sequence of user-system interactions. The main flow of events describes a single path through the system. It represents the most common way that the use case plays out…

What is PROJECT POST MORTEM?

A project post-mortem meeting is a gathering that happens at the end of a project where the team examines the challenges and successes of the endeavor. There are a few ways to run this meeting, but the primary goal of any project post-mortem is…

What is NOW-NEXT-LATER roadmap?

You should use the Now Next Later view when you need a high-level way to visualize and communicate your product plans. Since this visualization is super easy to understand and does not offer too many details it is the perfect view to use when you…

A Guide to Story Point Estimation

A story point is an arbitrary measure of effort required to implement a user story; it's a number that tells the team how hard the story is. “Hard” can be related to complexity, unknowns, and/or effort.

Estimation Guidelines…

Managing Expectations of Your New ERP System

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects represent a significant investment for most companies, so the need to ensure the ERP selection process leads to a successful deployment and user-adoption is ever-present. As you embark on your ERP…

How To Create An In-Cell Pie Chart In Excel

They are a great way to visualize your data without resorting to any default Excel charts, allowing you to analyze massive volumes of data quickly. This chart type is best suited to demonstrate progress toward a goal.

As an example, here’…

The actual cost of new feature

When I picked up coding, technical software tasks immediately became less daunting. The unfortunate side-effect was that I started developing the unhealthy mentality that features were “cheaper” than they were in the past.

What is Capability Maturity Model (CMM)?

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The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) is a cross-discipline and technical paradigm for facilitating and refining software development processes and system improvement. This…

What's Hypercare and Why It Matters in Customer Support?

When you hear the term, "hypercare" you might think it was a phrase used in an old Star Wars movie. However, if you work in software development, hypercare is a fairly common term used to describe the onboarding process for a new customer.

Project Estimation Techniques

In this articlewe will learn about:

  • empirical estimation techniques
  • heuristics estimation techniques
  • analytical estimation techniques

Software Project…

What is Empirical Estimation, Heuristic Estimation and Analytical Estimation?

Cost Estimation Models in Software Engineering

Cost estimation simply means a technique that is used to find out the cost estimates. The cost estimate is the financial spend that is done on the efforts to develop and…

How Much Does Custom Software Cost?

In this article, we will tackle one of the first questions we get asked by our customers. How much does custom software cost to build?

It is a tough question to answer for anyone in the industry, even when you’ve been…

Avoiding Problem Of Padding

A project manager friend of mine recently transitioned into software industry from hardware manufacturing. He was complaining about the problems he’s been having to come up with good schedule for mid-size software project.

Specifically,…

BUFFER VS. “PADDING”: WHICH TERM SHOULD YOU USE?

The use of certain words can provoke varied and sometimes intense reactions in different people. One word that has always had this impact on me has always been, even from an early start of my project management career, the use of the term “…

What is the Difference Between Hybrid, Flexible and Agile Working?

Despite often being used interchangeably, the terms agile working and flexible working refer to separate styles of work, requiring different kinds of office design and infrastructure. We explain the difference between hybrid, flexible and agile…

7 common project risks and how to prevent them

As a project manager, knowing what could go wrong during your project can help you set your team members up for success. For example, what if project stakeholders propose a new app and you don’t consider the time and resources it will take to…

Pricing Options For Software Development Projects

When clients explore options for a software development project, a factor that greatly influences the choice of the vendor is pricing.

And while numbers and figures get most of the attention, there’s little talk about the different…

Why does Test Scenario save time and money than Test Case?

Software testing is one of the fundamental components of a software development project which help determine whether a software program or application meets the business requirements or not.

It is sort of an investigation performed on the…

What is Software Maintenance?

What is Software maintenance?

Software maintenance is widely accepted part of SDLC now a days. It stands for all the modifications and updations done after the delivery of software product. There are…

Design Thinking vs. Systems Thinking: What's the Difference?

User experience (UX) Designers are professionals who make a product or service usable and entertaining for users. It's important to learn the processes involved in this field to increase the probability of success for achieving user satisfaction…

What is Feature Flag-Driven Development?

This article provides a broad and comprehensive overview of feature flag-driven development, from gradual rollouts to A/B testing.

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It's an uneventful Friday afternoon. You're ready to head…

What is the difference between "New feature" and "New development"?

In the environments I have worked in, new development is green field work where there no existing system in the target software platform. This may be a reimplementation of an existing system, or development of a new system. The scope of new…

Staff Augmentation vs Managed IT Services

Stratistics MRC has revealed the insights into the worldwide IT outsourcing market. Having accounted for $314.92 billion in 2015, it is expected to reach $481.37 billion by 2022. The figures are quite predictable: companies want to…

Staff augmentation vs outsourcing a dedicated team

Luckily, IT outsourcing comes to the rescue, with its numerous benefits – optimising time and costs of the project, tapping into the knowledge base of a skilled IT partner, increasing operational efficiency and allowing you to focus on core…

What is "Streamlining Your Business"? Tips for streaming your business

What is streamlining?

Streamlining is the process used to simplify or eliminate unnecessary work-related tasks to improve the efficiency of processes in businesses or organizations. Streamlining processes require the…

What are the differences between Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems?

Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are often confused and whilst there are some similarities between them, there are also some key differences. Both systems are…

Cost Estimation Models in Software Engineering

Cost estimation simply means a technique that is used to find out the cost estimates. The cost estimate is the financial spend that is done on the efforts to develop and test software in …

User Story vs Use Case

"Is a User Story the same thing as a Use Case?" People often ask this question and the dispute on whether an agile team should practice Use…

Estimation Techniques - Use-Case Points

Use-Case is a series of related interactions between a user and a system that enables the user to achieve a goal.

Use-Cases are a way to capture functional requirements of a system. The user of the system is referred to as an ‘…

What Is The Train The Trainer Concept? Benefits & Limitations

Train the trainer is a concept that can be applied to almost any field. However, it’s not easy to understand what train the trainer really means or how it works.

You know you need training for your team but you don’t know where to start…

What Is Hybrid ERP and What Are Its Advantages?

You may think when it comes to choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to run your business, you have to make a hard choice between on-premises software or a cloud-based solution.

But for many organizations, it may…

What is the user-friendly ERP software?

An user-friendly software will pass 3 tests:

Test 1: Handling all business scenarios

If an ERP software can handle all of your business cases and scenarios, then it should be the most user-…

Odoo Project Management Module for Efficient Task Management

Odoo is an open-source ERP software framework that is widely used by global enterprises. It is a comprehensive suite of numerous models and business applications including warehouse management, human resource management, sales, accounting,…

The critical role of systems thinking in software development

Software applications exist to serve practical human needs, but they inevitably accumulate undefined and defective behaviors as well.

Because software flaws are often left undiscovered until some specific failure forces them to the…

What is Data Gravity?

What is Data Gravity?

When working with larger and larger datasets, moving the data around to various applications becomes cumbersome and expensive. This effect is known as data…

What is systems thinking?

Systems thinking is an approach to integration that is based on the belief that the component parts of a system will act differently when isolated from the system’s environment or other parts of the system. Standing in contrast to positivist and…

Vietnam software outsourcing: Why it is a good choice?

Table of Content

Why "Vietnam?"
What are the advantages of Vietnam…
What are the advantages of Vietnam's engineering workforce in software outsourcing? What are the advantages of Vietnam's engineering workforce in software outsourcing?

Here is Andy Hilliard's story about his visit to the outsourcing market in Vietnam

We travel the world assessing software development locations and companies and we help companies (typically North America, Western Eur and Aus) find the…

What are project objectives?

What are project objectives?

Project objectives are what you plan to achieve by the end of your project. This might include deliverables and assets, or more intangible objectives like increasing…

Time and Materials vs. Fixed Price: What’s the Difference?

You’ve finally settled on the right software developer and it’s time to set up a contract. You don’t want a pricing model that will force you to renegotiate late, so you want to get it right the first time.

Let’s break down two popular…

What is Non-functional Requirements (NFRs)? Examples?

Non-functional Requirements (NFRs) define system attributes such as security, reliability, performance, maintainability, scalability, and usability. They serve as constraints or restrictions on the design of the system across the different…

Ubiquitous language in software development.

During the development right communication process is one of the important parts. Lack of communication can lead to delay, wrong work, or, even, fail of the whole project. On the other hand, if business and developers speaking in the same…

What is email digest? Example with Odoo Digest

An email digest is an email that is automatically generated by an electronic mailing list and which combines all exchanged emails during a…

Time is gold: Lead Time, Lag Time, Cycle Time, Reaction Time, Flow Time, Takt Time

Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.”…

Measuring Customer Value in a Software Product

As Product Managers we focus on delivering value to our users. But customer value is a measure of benefits vs costs. How can we translate that to software?

One of our main goals as Product Managers is to focus on delivering value…

What is Ubiquitous Language? Examples?

Developers will be developers – given a requirement, they will immediately start to think in terms code – classes, methods, algorithms, polymorphism and so on. Domain experts usually know nothing about all of this. They only know about securities…

10 Examples of Business Rules and Logic

Business rules and logic play a critical role in the efficient operation of an organization. They set expectations, provide guidelines on work performance, ensure compliance, and help organizations automate their processes.

In this…

What is Software evolution?

Software evolution is the continual development of a piece of software after its initial release to address changing stakeholder and/or market requirements. Software evolution is important because organizations invest large amounts of money in…

What is the difference between a business rule and business constraint?

The key difference between a rule and a constraint

A rule is something which will advance your purpose. A rule that you need to swipe in before you enter the building ensures only valid people come in your building. A…

Brief definition of Data Auditing, Data Curation, Data Stewardship and Data Governance

What is Data Auditing?

Data auditing is the assessment of data for quality throughout its lifecycle to ensure its accuracy and efficacy for specific usage.

Data auditing is the process of conducting a data audit…

Enterprise Content Management vs. Web Content Management: What’s Right for Your Organization

WCM is generally considered a subset of ECM with the primary difference being that WCM is focused more on web content whereas an enterprise content management system is integrated into daily processes.

What is user story?

What is user story?

A user story is the who, what, and why of a goal or outcome that the user or customer wants to achieve. It’s the smallest piece of work that can give value back to the customer. It’s written from the…

Streamline Workflow And Improve ROI: 9 LMS Features For eLearning Freelancers

The Best LMS Features To Boost ROI And Streamline Workflow

eLearning freelancers have a lot to think about when investing in a new Learning Management System. It’s not just the price point or finding a UI that aligns with their team’s…

7 Best Practices To Streamline eLearning Production

How To Streamline eLearning Production

To create the best eLearning courses for your learners it's imperative that you take advantage of collaborative technology. After all, the latest advances in this field have made…

Productivity: MoSCoW the simple prioritization technique for small products Productivity: MoSCoW the simple prioritization technique for small products

MoSCoW prioritization is a popular prioritization technique for managing requirements, part of the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) techniques and stands for “Must, Should, Could, Won’t”. It is one of the simplest methods to…

What is Domain-Driven Design?

Writing software involves software architects and programmers. They understand software concepts, tools and implementation details. But they may be disconnected from the business and hence have an incomplete understanding of the problem they're…

How to Perform a Business Process Analysis

What is a business process analysis?

A business process analysis is a method used to understand a process and improve its efficiency. It looks at the steps and parties involved in a specific process, as well as the information exchanged…

How to Analyze a “To Be” Business Process

Have you been asked to create a “to be” process? Are you wondering what the difference is between “as is” or “to be” process documentation? Wondering if you need both or just one of these types of business processes on your project?

In…

Top 8 Agile Estimation Techniques (Explained with Examples)

Agile estimation is about evaluating the effort required to complete each work item listed in the prioritized backlog, which, in turn, helps improve sprint planning. Estimates can be hard to grasp. How should a company know the amount of time it…

What is AS IS and TO-BE in Odoo?

While doing biz blue printing, Odoo Consultant goes to the client and understands their business model, how are they working and what they have been doing, how are they working, is called AS – IS.

TO BE is a plan Odoo consultant will…

How to Start 'AS IS' Statement?

I am new to preperation of the 'AS IS' phase statement while implementing the Odoo HR payroll project.  Previously I worked on the configuration part only but I am never involved in preperation of 'AS IS' statement.

Odoo HRM Employee Self Service

Employee Self Service

This module allow your employee to have self service in Odoo.

Main Features:

- Allowing Employee to edit own employee information
- Allowing Employee to work on his/her…

Sell Your Product Before It Exists

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new…

The impact of Domain Driven Design For Sophisticated Software Applications

At present, most commercial software applications developed with a set of complex business requirements to solve only the specific business problem or needs. Moreover, it is too tedious for software developers/architects be business domain…

Comparing Features for Odoo ERP with ERPNext

Are you wondering why we emphasize so much on the integration and customization of Odoo ERP? Well, we will kill your curiosity in this blog through comparing it with ERPNext.

Advanced ERP systems have provided ease in managing online…

What is resource leveling? (Techniques and examples)

It is inevitable that at some point in a project, resources and tasks will become mismatched, creating conflicts. There will undoubtedly be conflicts at the start of the project, or after a change in scope or workplan. Sometimes it is a change in…

6 Tools to Estimate Activity Duration

While preparing a project schedule it is critical to define the duration of each activity. Because overall project duration is associated with the duration of activities in the network system. If the durations of activities are not properly…

Top 40 Project Management Terms

Every field around the world has its own special jargon and a particular vocabulary that keeps evolving over time.  The same holds true for project management. Over the years, just like the discipline itself, the lingo has also developed unique…

Everything you need to know about the Drilldown Report

Analysis is just a final report that details current results. We rarely see the whole process of how those numbers were obtained or examine the foundations or premises that those numbers are based on.

Unfortunately, basing your decisions…

Smart Transitions In User Experience Design

When we design digital products, we often use design applications such as Photoshop and Sketch. Most people who have been in the business for a few years obviously know that design is more than just about visual presentation. Still, many continue…

WHY LOCATION DATA IS THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF MARKETING TOOLS

As marketers, we are expected to drive measurable gains for our brands. We need the tools and technology to not only create those results, but to measure those results accurately. There are a number of reasons why chief marketing officers have …

Odoo ERP - Swiss army knife for all solutions

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All to often I hear clients trying to understand the different between a template, like the ones found on templatemonster.com or website builders that usually come free with most shared web hosting plans, like Godaddy, and a Content Management…

What is DSDM (Dynamic Software Development Method)?

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DSDM is an Agile method that focuses on the full project lifecycle, DSDM (formally known as Dynamic System Development Method) was created in 1994, after project managers using RAD (Rapid Application Development) sought…

How to estimate a software project efficiently?

Costs of developing software vary and it’s absolutely logical – each project has peculiar features, the scope of work, timeframes and so on. That’s why during project management cost estimation is crucial on the initial stage to plan a budget…

Software Project Estimation: Part 3
Metaphors in software development

By gvandeglind@xebia.com

People use metaphors to understand or to explain something better. Metaphors in software development are ubiquitous, as in the computer world…

Story points for agile teams

Ask a software developer to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar and you’ll probably get some kind of algorithmic reasoning and a frustratingly accurate response.

Guesstimation without reasoning is not exactly a strong suit for most…

Undoing IT Silos: How The “Walled Garden” Anti-Pattern Gets Started

In the past decade, the growing understanding of the importance of technology to business has led to a surge in business transformations—whether the flavor is digital, DevOps, Lean, or Agile, the aim is to speed up software development by…

12 Benefits of Workflow Automation in Zodiac Circle

Automating your office workflows can make a real impact on productivity and morale within your organization and ultimately on your company’s bottom line. This procedure requires in-depth examination of your current business processes and expert…

50 Project Management Terms You Should Know

Project management is a set of important skills for most of the careers. It is the application of processes, knowledge, skills, and experience to reach the project goal. Main components of project management are:

  • Outlining the basis…
WRITING A PROJECT BRIEF FOR A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY: 6 THINGS TO CONSIDER

According to Medium, average IT projects overrun their budgets by 27%, with the average sum going up to 66% higher than planned in most cases. Most importantly, 17% of those projects go so badly that they threaten the existence…

What Is A Software Development Brief?

If you’ve got a business need for custom software and are looking for a development company to create it, your first step should be a software development brief. A well written brief not only ensures your software developer really understands…

5 Best WordPress Business Directory Plugins

Are you looking for the best WordPress business directory plugins?

A business directory helps users discover service providers in a particular niche or category. At the same time, it helps those businesses find customers and opportunities…

How to Estimate the Cost of Software Development

When a company or individual looks to estimate the cost of software development, inevitably questions like “How much?” and “How long?” are asked.

Two questions define the constraints that most clients experience in project work – “Can I…

Become a Better Negotiator With Just 1 Question!

What if I told you there is one question that just by asking it and listening to the answer would make you become a better negotiator?

Learn more: …

Solving problem tip: Conflict resolution from the point of view of interests and positions

There was once only one orange left in a kitchen and two prominent chefs were fighting over it.

"I need that orange !"

"Yes, but I need that orange as well !"

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