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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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O’Reilly Media publishes WebRTC Video course by...

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I’m excited to announce that after months of work and editing, O’Reilly Media has published an Introductory course on WebRTC that I developed for them. Our team at AgilityFeat has built a number of WebRTC applications for ourselves and...

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O’Reilly Media publishes WebRTC Video course by AgilityFeat’s Arin Sime

I’m excited to announce that after months of work and editing, O’Reilly Media has published an Introductory course on WebRTC that I developed for them. Our team at AgilityFeat has built a number of WebRTC applications for ourselves and our clients, and we also edit the weekly newsletter RealTimeWeekly.co, which regularly includes WebRTC content. We’ve […]

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How we blended teams with a US client

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How do you blend a distributed offshore team with your in-house development team? Our teams are based around Latin America and our clients are often in the United States. When you want to hire a team from another part of the world and have them bl...

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How we blended teams with a US client

How do you blend a distributed offshore team with your in-house development team? Our teams are based around Latin America and our clients are often in the United States. When you want to hire a team from another part of the world and have them blend in seamlessly with your own development team, there are […]

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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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Free Agile Training

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If you’re looking for a couple hours of agile video to watch, a way to help you go to sleep at night, or just from free agile training, then I present to you the following videos. Our development team at AgilityFeat is spread out around Cent...

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Free Agile Training

If you’re looking for a couple hours of agile video to watch, a way to help you go to sleep at night, or just from free agile training, then I present to you the following videos. Our development team at AgilityFeat is spread out around Central America. When we bring on a new team member, […]

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Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences

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We are excited to announce that three members of the AgilityFeat Team were recently guests on The Web Platform Podcast. Mariana Lopez, Allan Naranjo and Arin Sime spent some time with the Web Platform Podcast crew discussing a broad range of topic...

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Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences

We are excited to announce that three members of the AgilityFeat Team were recently guests on The Web Platform Podcast. Mariana Lopez, Allan Naranjo and Arin Sime spent some time with the Web Platform Podcast crew discussing a broad range of topics related to Real Time Communications and Web RTC. The discussion begins with an […]

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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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The 3 phases of MVP development

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The other day I was speaking with a potential development customer when I realized two things: 1) He doesn’t need us … yet. 2) He can’t afford us … yet. “Yet” is a key addendum to both realizations. He has some interesting ideas, and a pretty well...

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The 3 phases of MVP development

The other day I was speaking with a potential development customer when I realized two things: 1) He doesn’t need us … yet. 2) He can’t afford us … yet. “Yet” is a key addendum to both realizations. He has some interesting ideas, and a pretty well thought out MVP (Minimum Viable Product) scope definition. […]

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Video: Mariana Lopez on Real-Time Interaction D...

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Last week our UX lead Mariana Lopez presented at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC on how to do interaction design for Real-Time applications. Below is the video from her talk – check it out to learn some best practices for your next r...

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Video: Mariana Lopez on Real-Time Interaction Design

Last week our UX lead Mariana Lopez presented at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC on how to do interaction design for Real-Time applications. Below is the video from her talk – check it out to learn some best practices for your next real-time or WebRTC application. Interaction Design for Real Time Applications – Mariana […]

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Real-Time Apps: Designing for the 4th Dimension

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Today Mariana Lopez gave a talk at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC to a packed room on UX and design considerations when building real-time web applications. The slides are available below, and we have also posted the key takeaways below. ...

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Real-Time Apps: Designing for the 4th Dimension

Today Mariana Lopez gave a talk at the ModevUX conference in Washington DC to a packed room on UX and design considerations when building real-time web applications. The slides are available below, and we have also posted the key takeaways below. Design for the 4th dimension: Real-time apps from Arin Sime Here are Mariana’s key […]

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

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We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers...

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers, developers and project managers. Anyone who is designing or building real time applications […]

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The ideal agile team is…

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As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and tha...

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The ideal agile team is…

As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and that there are only 3 official team roles in Scrum: Scrummaster, Product Owner, […]

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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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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

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If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile deve...

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development.” In this talk I go beyond the hype about faster and more efficient software development teams and […]

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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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Announcing Product Consultations

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One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect,...

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Announcing Product Consultations

One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect, entrepreneurs (especially non-technical ones) want this budget […]

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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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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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Improving our Sprint Zero process

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Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image ...

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image on the left. It’s a light hearted way to poke [...]

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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

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“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to ...

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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to the LeanStartupConf. At AgilityFeat we place a strong [...]

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Wishlisting.org

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AgilityFeat is building a tool to help non profits raise money and to help you learn Agile Engineering practices!  If you attended the ADP West conference this year in Las Vegas, then you may have already heard about what we’re doing. In coo...

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Wishlisting.org

AgilityFeat is building a tool to help non profits raise money and to help you learn Agile Engineering practices!  If you attended the ADP West conference this year in Las Vegas, then you may have already heard about what we’re doing. In cooperation with Bob Payne of Lithespeed and Kent McDonald of Beyond Requirements, we [...]

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile pr...

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Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you h...

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile project in Costa Rica

Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you how a kick off week might [...]

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