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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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AgilityFeat is hiring for Marketing/UX

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Marketing Professional– AgilityFeat is looking to hire an exceptional person who loves Marketing and is interested in UX to work in a combined role, launching our new product, Usabili.me. Usabili.me enables UX professionals and Startups to e...

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AgilityFeat is hiring for Marketing/UX

Marketing Professional– AgilityFeat is looking to hire an exceptional person who loves Marketing and is interested in UX to work in a combined role, launching our new product, Usabili.me. Usabili.me enables UX professionals and Startups to easily connect with real users on their website to conduct UX studies in real time. As a Marketing professional, […]

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Internet of Things Design doesn’t have to be ov...

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The Internet of Things, Big Data, real time communications and messaging. It conjures up images of complicated data dashboards with lots of running charts, streaming data, blinking lights, machines that go “ping”, and just for fun maybe a live str...

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Internet of Things Design doesn’t have to be overwhelming

The Internet of Things, Big Data, real time communications and messaging. It conjures up images of complicated data dashboards with lots of running charts, streaming data, blinking lights, machines that go “ping”, and just for fun maybe a live stream of trending Twitter topics. These words conjure up information overload and visually complex applications. But […]

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7 Keys to ensure harmony between UX and Develop...

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Software development is by its nature a very creative process. Obviously graphic design is an art form, but there is also an art to the technical architecture of a project, the coding style, the way you test, and the interaction design. Those role...

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7 Keys to ensure harmony between UX and Development

Software development is by its nature a very creative process. Obviously graphic design is an art form, but there is also an art to the technical architecture of a project, the coding style, the way you test, and the interaction design. Those roles are filled by multiple people on a single project, each one bringing […]

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Design for your customers first so you don’t pe...

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This week I read a good TechCrunch article about the importance of putting your customers first. While this sounds obvious, author Ron Miller is making a crucial point when he says to put your customer “at the center of everything you do, or you c...

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Design for your customers first so you don’t perish

This week I read a good TechCrunch article about the importance of putting your customers first. While this sounds obvious, author Ron Miller is making a crucial point when he says to put your customer “at the center of everything you do, or you could be risking the very survival of your business.” He continues […]

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UX lessons learned from a real-time 2nd screen ...

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The dust has settled from the World Cup, and I have slowly weaned myself off the TV and back into family and work life. It was a very exciting World Cup to watch this year, and as a fan of underdog teams like the USA and Costa Rica, it was particu...

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UX lessons learned from a real-time 2nd screen experience

The dust has settled from the World Cup, and I have slowly weaned myself off the TV and back into family and work life. It was a very exciting World Cup to watch this year, and as a fan of underdog teams like the USA and Costa Rica, it was particularly emotional for me. Building […]

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Real-Time UX: Still Loading

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Interaction design for real-time applications is different than for more static or traditional web applications. With the advent of in-browser real-time communication standards like WebRTC, it gets even more complicated because you need to account...

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Real-Time UX: Still Loading

Interaction design for real-time applications is different than for more static or traditional web applications. With the advent of in-browser real-time communication standards like WebRTC, it gets even more complicated because you need to account for the interactions with another user as well. For example, I was looking for an example of WebRTC browser games, […]

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Why you are as bad at Usability Testing as work...

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How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If it’s anything like mine, it’s probably not going quite as well as planned. You were really into your new goal for a couple of days, downloaded a new app to help you along, made some kind of plan, and ...

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Why you are as bad at Usability Testing as working out

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If it’s anything like mine, it’s probably not going quite as well as planned. You were really into your new goal for a couple of days, downloaded a new app to help you along, made some kind of plan, and then life got busy. The old routine kicked […]

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Changing the Interaction Design Scene in Costa ...

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Interaction Design, User Experience, Usability … these terms are increasingly trendy and important in software development. They are my favorite part of software development and my favorite part of what we do at AgilityFeat. I started my career as...

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Changing the Interaction Design Scene in Costa Rica

Interaction Design, User Experience, Usability … these terms are increasingly trendy and important in software development. They are my favorite part of software development and my favorite part of what we do at AgilityFeat. I started my career as a software developer, but quickly realized that what I really love is understanding the client and […]

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Top Posts from 2013

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2014 is only 9 days old and before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to take a look back at our top posts from 2013. We covered a great deal of ground last year on our blog, including our experiences developing products via distributed a...

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Top Posts from 2013

2014 is only 9 days old and before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to take a look back at our top posts from 2013. We covered a great deal of ground last year on our blog, including our experiences developing products via distributed agile, Ruby on Rails, our perspectives on […]

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7 Things about #UX I learned from @DanRubin

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Yesterday I was in Freiburg Germany for the Smashing Magazine conference, where I attended Dan Rubin’s excellent workshop on User Experience design. Dan is a very noted UX designer, author, and a great photographer too. The workshop was really gre...

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7 Things about #UX I learned from @DanRubin

Yesterday I was in Freiburg Germany for the Smashing Magazine conference, where I attended Dan Rubin’s excellent workshop on User Experience design. Dan is a very noted UX designer, author, and a great photographer too. The workshop was really great, and he gave me a lot of ideas. Here is a quick summary of seven […]

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4 tries with real time frameworks

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A common thread in many of the applications we build at AgilityFeat is real time messaging. In the traditional client-server request-based communication pattern, the only way a client receives a message from the server is because the client reques...

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4 tries with real time frameworks

A common thread in many of the applications we build at AgilityFeat is real time messaging. In the traditional client-server request-based communication pattern, the only way a client receives a message from the server is because the client requested it. In real time messaging we have to use a Publish-Subscribe pattern that enables the client […]

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Get inside your users’ head with UX “Think Alou...

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For all the analytics that exist now to measure how users are using your web application, there’s still one gray area that is hard to measure. What exactly is your user thinking? Why did they find that interface you designed so hard to use? ...

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Get inside your users’ head with UX “Think Alouds” (Video)

For all the analytics that exist now to measure how users are using your web application, there’s still one gray area that is hard to measure. What exactly is your user thinking? Why did they find that interface you designed so hard to use? How do you know what your users are thinking? The best […]

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3 UX Red Flags (Video Interview)

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How do you know when you have a User Experience problem with your web application? I sat down with our UX lead Mariana Lopez and asked her to talk about some common Red Flags to watch out for. You can see the video of our skype chat or read the tr...

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3 UX Red Flags (Video Interview)

How do you know when you have a User Experience problem with your web application? I sat down with our UX lead Mariana Lopez and asked her to talk about some common Red Flags to watch out for. You can see the video of our skype chat or read the transcript below. What sort of […]

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4 ways to keep your design skills fresh

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Web design is a rapidly changing field, and it’s not easy to keep up with all the changes. It’s critical that you not only keep up to date on the latest technology changes and trends, but you also have to keep your designs fresh and inspired. How ...

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4 ways to keep your design skills fresh

Web design is a rapidly changing field, and it’s not easy to keep up with all the changes. It’s critical that you not only keep up to date on the latest technology changes and trends, but you also have to keep your designs fresh and inspired. How can you keep up with all that? I [...]

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3 sources of UX inspiration

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Mariana Lopez is our UX lead and a key part of our most successful projects. Her ability to get inside the customers’ head and quickly understand their processes and challenges is an important part of the UX and design assessment work that we have...

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3 sources of UX inspiration

Mariana Lopez is our UX lead and a key part of our most successful projects. Her ability to get inside the customers’ head and quickly understand their processes and challenges is an important part of the UX and design assessment work that we have done. I can’t quite give you Mariana’s brain in a bottle, [...]

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UX and Agile: How we do it

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UX Magazine had an article last month by Michael Lai entitled “UX and Agile: Tying the knot”, which used a great marriage analogy to discuss how UX and agile are and must be intertwined. At AgilityFeat we are very passionate about both UX and agil...

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UX and Agile: How we do it

UX Magazine had an article last month by Michael Lai entitled “UX and Agile: Tying the knot”, which used a great marriage analogy to discuss how UX and agile are and must be intertwined. At AgilityFeat we are very passionate about both UX and agile methods, so this article certainly spoke to me. Michael emphasizes [...]

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