Life or Death Software Development

When people hear the term software developer, they probably don’t think of a career that involves individuals holding people’s lives in their hands.  The reality is though that for some who are writing software, it could mean life or death.  Consider things like autonomous software for Tesla –mess that up and it could mean death. Drug to drug interaction checking –this can also cause death.  There is definitely a difference in writing software for video games vs writing software that flies airplanes. We are going to hope that that is one that absolutely needs to be right.

  • 18 May 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 139
Work Work Work - Life Balance

The work - life balance is a dilemma that plagues everyone in the working world.  It’s the concept of properly prioritizing between "work" (your career) and your "life" (health, leisure, family time, etc).  As a consultant, you are putting in about three times the amount of work vs life.  Why is this? You don’t have one job. You have multiple jobs and clients at once. There are multiple projects you are working on and only one life to balance against it.

  • 2 May 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 340
Social Media Marketing: Polling

​Recently, we’ve begun using polling in our marketing approach to get a little feedback from our followers and readers.  I should say, recently, we’ve been attempting to use polling in our marketing approach.  Why is that? Well, elections aside, this polling stuff is for the birds.  We’re not even registering people to get their vote here –this should be much simpler than it is. 

Problem Solving: The Skill Every Consultant Should Have

Consultants enter brand new situations every day. As a consultant, you may be coming into a company you’ve never dealt with before, you may be dealing with a specific problem or set of obstacles you haven’t encountered before, or you may be the fresh eyes and perspective that this client needs. Whatever the circumstances, you have to consider all options and opportunities for improvement and then dive in and decide how you’re going to approach and conquer that specific task.

  • 17 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 647
The Business of Negotiation

​When building software, there are many times that you will be negotiating with other companies or clients.  Negotiation is a business within itself. If done properly, it can really benefit you. If done improperly, it can really hurt you. Negotiations will come up in countless areas of development.  For example, when developing software you may be negotiating with a company for the honor of using their own software inside of yours.  This type of deal is a mutually beneficial one.  My company will get the benefits of your software to add value to mine, and you will get money from every transaction that transpires or set of software sold. If you can negotiate properly, so that everyone is satisfied, it’s a win-win.

  • 2 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 720
Using Polling in Your Marketing Strategy

​When it comes to social media marketing, one of the most valuable tools you have at your fingertips is the instant feedback from your followers. Customers and potential customers alike are available to give you the responses you may need to grow, change, and improve your business.  This is where polling can come in handy in your online marketing strategy.

Working as a Consultant: Being the Company Psychologist

Anyone who’s ever worked as a consultant can tell you that it’s an extremely unique position to walk into an organization as an outsider. Consultants have the interesting perspective of observing company culture as a third party.  This can be a huge benefit to helping clients. The extra perspective can help people to be at their best.  This also puts the consultant in the interesting position of being the company psychologist at times.

  • 29 December 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 868
Setting Social Media Marketing Goals

​Every business is different.  Even though we’re all in the social media marketing, content marketing, and overall online marketing world – our goals are different.  Depending on what type of business you have, what type of clientele you have, and what you want to accomplish – your strategy is going to grow and change.

Consulting: Breaking Up the Technical Talk

​Technology can be difficult to understand. Part of what we have to do as consultants is taking the technical jargon and breaking it down to something simpler.  We are the translators.  Not all consultants can fully understand both sides of the conversation, but the good ones will know enough about your business and your needs to be able to wear different hats.

  • 29 August 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1019
Business Management Consulting: Unproductive Meetings

​We’ve all been there before.  The meeting that won’t end. The meeting that serves no real purpose. The meeting with so many important issues to cover and none that are getting fully addressed.  The meeting that is nothing more than a lecture.  All of these are unproductive, uninspiring, and unfulfilling.  What are the real costs of these meetings?  What are the consequences of an unproductive meeting?

  • 4 August 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1739
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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