3months wants to encourage cool web ideas to become real so we are putting our money where our mouth is.
In our experience many valuable web application ideas don’t get off the ground either because traditional IT business case processes kill them or because its hard to communicate web stuff without showing your decision makers your idea working. If this rings any bells, then this new innovation programme that should interest you.
The other week I went to a supplier briefing on the New Government Rules for Sourcing that will “make it easier for you to do business with Government”. With Novopay and the proposed new IRD Tax system fresh in everybody's minds I went in with high hopes that there were going to be some fundamental changes to the procurement rules/recommendations that so many of us in the software vendor community are crying out for.
In light of the Governments decision to use Silverstripe 3months have made the decision to include Silverstripe (and the underlying Sapphire framework) as one of the technologies that we develop in and support.
Agile is a very different way of building stuff. We believe an Agile approach is crucial to the success of any web/mobile software development project that contains significant innovation or uniqueness. Agile is a big topic and means a lot of different things to different people but for us the most important aspects of Agile are:
I run a web development vendor company and part of my job is to decide whether to respond to tenders. Being in the capital, Wellington (the home of Government in New Zeland) this involves reading lots of very long RFI / RFP documents (not the fun bit of my job) and attending vendor briefings.
This year we thought we would do something a little bit different for our annual end of year get together. We really wanted to create a fun environment which provoked engagement and conversation - and we’re pretty chuffed at the turnout from some of Wellington’s coolest people. The bubbles were flowing and there were fantastic networking opportunities for all.
Last Friday the Department of Internal Affairs announced that 3months has been selected to be on the panel of suppliers to provide web development services for public sector organisations.
We had the pleasure of sponsoring TEDxTeAro which took place on Saturday at Te Papa. A great day was had by all, we thought we would showcase what the 3months culture is all about by taking down the ping pong table, beanbags and creating a mini 3months. Complete with our custom made TEDxTeAro Ping Pong Latter site which includes software developed in house by the 3months developers which worked by attendees scanning their QR code (on their lanyard) which then brought up all their info and photo. We couldn't forget the Parrot AR.Drone2.0 which is controlled by iPad or iPhone, it proved to be a hit on the day with Mark mastering flips and spins.
.Net magazine (www.netmagazine.com) is the UK's best selling magazine for web developers and designers. An edited version of the following article was published in the Summer 2012 edition (No 231).
With the Govis Agile forum today in Wellington NZ, I found this post on TwinTechs to be an interesting yet disturbing read. The suggestion: