Summa Coding – Time Tracking

App Designer Lehi, App Development Companies, Blog, Steve Moon, Web Development Services Utah
“The act of attaching task and time entries opens up a whole new world of transparency and accountability for what is happening with a project.” To improve the app development process, we recently went live with the alpha version of the time tracking module of Summa Coding.  We are currently using Asana for our project management and we use the Kanban methodology (a visual workflow) to manage tasks. A Summa-Kanban Board is under development that will replace Asana eventually but, for now we use custom fields in Asana to start gathering more metrics.  Each task that has been entered into Asana must be estimated and approved. We then use custom fields to help add estimated hours, complexity, categorize the task and include the source. Categories for task include things like…
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Introducing Summa Coding

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Creating a platform that puts procedures in place and tracks metrics for every part of the app development lifecycle. After 10 years of developing hundreds of mobile and web apps, the one thing I have learned is that you need to be constantly striving to improve as a company. Especially if you want to be the best software development partner possible.  We have always worked hard to provide excellent service, and to fairly work out any differences that might arise with a client. Despite our best efforts, bad outcomes still sometimes happen. Software development is extremely complex with an endless list of variables, many of which are not fully understood until you start coding.  Some examples of bad outcomes that sometimes happen are: estimates being off, scope creep and/or change in…
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How Technology Growth Transforms The World We Live In

App Designer Lehi, App Development Companies, Blog, Steve Moon, Web Development Services Utah
Clever Coding's CEO, Steven Moon, gives insight on how the world's living standards are tied to technologyDespite the doom and gloom of the media, the world is progressing at a rapid pace. The advances in quality of life across the globe over the last 200 hundred years has been nothing short of amazing.  I recently read Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now.  The facts and statistics he lays out in his book are eye opening. In 1800, no country in the world had a life expectancy greater than 40 years. In 2015, the global average was up to 71 years. (1)  In 1800, 95% of the world lived in extreme poverty living on less than the equivalent of $1.90 a day. Today less than 10% of the world lives in extreme…
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Why app development projects go over budget and take forever to complete

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A common stereotype of software development projects is that they are going to go over budget and not be done on time. This stereotype is well earned as a significant amount of projects do go over budget and take longer than expected. The million dollar question is why? I think it boils down to a few factors depending on who you partner with to do the development work. Below are the top factors I have found to cause budget overruns and missed deadlines. The software development company knowingly underestimates the project The software development company is incompetent to do the project The person putting together the estimate is too optimistic The project isn’t scoped out properly The client changes direction frequently Scope creep Estimating Software is very hard to do…
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Building the future of App Development

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Introducing Our CEO - Steve Moon This is Steve Moon, the Founder and CEO of Clever Coding. As a quick intro, I went to Brigham Young University and received a degree in Computer Science. I worked at BYU for 7 years in the IT department as a developer and team leader. After BYU I worked for a year and a half as a consultant helping Universities with their HR systems. In 2008, when Apple opened up the App Store to third party developers, I created one of the first 2000 apps on the Apple App Store. Shortly afterwards I founded Clever Coding. 2018 marks Clever Coding's 10 year anniversary of developing mobile and web apps for clients all over the world. Topics to Explore I have learned a lot over…
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How changing web development trends reshaped the internet

How changing web development trends reshaped the internet

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The rise and rapid evolution of web development changed the face of the internet, but what precipitated its rise? It all began not too long ago when businesses realized they needed to put a greater importance on a comprehensive web presence. The future of business would be built on the back of successful web development. Want proof? Just ask Amazon. It’s a well-known fact that the internet has become an integral way of life for tens of millions of people all over the world. Companies live and die in the digital domain, many times with success or failure a simple matter of whether their online presence was adequate enough to please consumers and drive future business. With so much riding on a robust online presence, the web development space has…
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Mobile app development and the intelligent app

Mobile app development and the intelligent app

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There is a revolution underway in the mobile app development space. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, “intelligent apps” are already showing promise in positively affecting workflows and increasing organizational productivity. The fact is, this is a development we have seen coming for some time. As the mobile app development and artificial intelligence fields have evolved, they have increasingly appeared to be on a collision course. Of course, all of this can be traced back to the early era of enterprise mobility. Virtualization technology gave rise to critical business apps, but these early iterations were clunky, offered a poor user experience, limited platform support and sub-par navigation. It wasn’t until 2008 that the growth of the consumer mobile app development market ushered in a new era for business and…
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The basics of software development, engineering, and testing

The basics of software development, engineering, and testing

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When most people think of a software engineer, they imagine someone sitting in an office for long hours writing lines of code, yet there is so much more to the job than that. Furthermore, there is a marked difference between software engineering and software development. The fields of software engineering and software development – while related – require a different set of skills and know-how to master. For companies or individuals who want to produce a piece of software, discerning what type of professional to hire can be an exercise in frustration, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we wanted to take some time to share what the difference is between a software developer and engineer. We want to make your decision easier. Software Engineering Explained Put simply,…
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Mobile app development enters a new phase

Mobile app development enters a new phase

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The earth continues to move, global landscapes shift, and the digital world is going through constant and intense change. From progressive web apps to augmented reality, the mobile app development field is weathering some major change. How will the mobile app development community survive? Companies will need to be nimble as they adapt to the shifting digital paradigm. Fortunately, we aren’t worried. We are here to provide you with what you need to know to survive the rising tide of digital disruption. What should you be on the lookout for as you scope the mobile app development scene? You’ve come to the right place, so read on! What are progressive web apps? App performance and user experience have become the cornerstones of a successful mobile app. This is where progressive…
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The web development universe is expanding its realm

The web development universe is expanding its realm

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If you work in web development, there is one thing constantly on your mind: mobile. Would it be smarter to develop a mobile website or a mobile app? The truth is, forward-thinking companies linked up with the right partners know the answer to this question. Web development trends of yesteryear relied purely on web-based, non-mobile solutions. Those days are gone. It’s not just web development facing a shift. The paradigms are even shifting in the mobile app development world. Programming in native mobile languages has been a no-brainer proposition for a long time, yet some are questioning that long-standing principle. Sure, there are certain benefits to programming as hugged up against the hardware layer as possible. But recent advancements, with changes in cloud computing and Facebook-backed ReactJS as two examples,…
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