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    James Nagy
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    Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development

    We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.

    Team: Your development team is going to vary depending on the scope of the project and the resources you have available. But the most successful projects have a good core group of resources that work continuously on a project or series of projects together. Now I’m gonna preface these next couple of statements with this: These are not hard and fast rules –just my observations over 25 years working in software development. They don’t always apply and probably don’t apply to you if you are a developer, designer, quality assurance, business analysis, and/or development manager (ok, yes they do…)

    Developers: They should be responsible for developing code. Here are the things that they should not be doing: design, test, creating business requirements, project management, supervising others, and anything else that isn’t coding. Developers need large blocks of uninterrupted time to write code. Also don’t bury developers in meeting after meeting; you are paying them a nice salary to write code and not to do these other things. There are lots of types of developers out there. There are the dreamers, the superstars, the coders, the closers and the specialists. The trick is to assemble a team that matches the type of work you are trying to do and that complements each other.

    Dreamers – are the big picture application architects. They are able to hold the whole application in their heads at one time, and they know how everything fits together. They know where the skeletons are buried, they now how new things will impact the project, they keep up with current technologies and they are always learning and exploring new and exciting ideas. They also know all that things that need to be done to the project from a development prospective (some are critical, some are necessary, and some are not.)

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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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