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The tools we use: JIRA

The tools we use: JIRA

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 26 Jan 2017

JIRA is a fantastic tool for managing complex software projects, as it works like an online version of a project management whiteboard, and integrates with the software tools you already use.

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5 reasons why we have a morning scrum routine

5 reasons why we have a morning scrum routine

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 19 Jan 2017

Every morning, our team meets for scrum. No, we do not change into rugby gear, put our arms around each other and shout out game plans – but thanks to our scrum routine, we are kicking goals.

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Designing the perfect user experience (UX)

Designing the perfect user experience (UX)

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 12 Jan 2017

UX design is where art meets function – and it is crucial to the health of your brand and the success of your business. Here we explore the principles of good UX design.

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Flexible planning: Choosing the right methodology for your software project

Flexible planning: Choosing the right methodology for your software project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 22 Dec 2016

When it comes to planning software projects, adopting a rigid or flexible approach can have an impact on the project’s outcome. Here, we explore the pros and cons of different methodologies.

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Getting away from the computer: Communicating visually

Getting away from the computer: Communicating visually

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 15 Dec 2016

Here at inoutput we like to step away from the computers and explore the use of diagrams and drawings to communicate our software ideas to clients.

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The art of wireframing: A guide to getting started

The art of wireframing: A guide to getting started

Posted by Chris Rickard on Tue, 13 Dec 2016

It’s the first and essential step in the web design process but there’s a fine art to wireframing.

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How software is transforming the education sector

How software is transforming the education sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 08 Dec 2016

Software systems, free online courses and accessible apps are rapidly transforming the education sector.

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3 ways software helps the transport sector

3 ways software helps the transport sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Software to streamline processes, improve the quality of real-time data and unify customer experiences is transforming the transport sector.

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JavaScript is eating the world

JavaScript is eating the world

Posted by Chris Rickard on Mon, 28 Nov 2016

It’s official. JavaScript is the most popular programming language of 2016 and, right now, the most popular programming language in the world.

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How real-time data is transforming the real world

How real-time data is transforming the real world

Posted by James Cole on Thu, 24 Nov 2016

We work with real-time data a fair bit at inoutput, so we’ve learnt a thing or two over the years. Here, we share some ways that real-time data has transformed the real world.

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Why your venture (probably) shouldn’t be a mobile app

Why your venture (probably) shouldn’t be a mobile app

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 17 Nov 2016

So, you’ve got a great idea for a mobile app and you’re thinking about diving head-first into the new project. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

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Technical risk assessment: Know the lifespan of your software systems

Technical risk assessment: Know the lifespan of your software systems

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 10 Nov 2016

All businesses that use and rely on software systems have some element of technical risk. But what can be done to manage this risk?

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The tools we use: Slack

The tools we use: Slack

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 03 Nov 2016

One of the many software programs we use here at inoutput, to keep communications transparent and projects on the move, is Slack. So, what is Slack?

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Hybrid mobile apps: Reach more people, faster and cheaper

Hybrid mobile apps: Reach more people, faster and cheaper

Posted by Chris Rickard on Mon, 31 Oct 2016

Nowadays, it seems most businesses want an app. But where do you begin? And how do you determine which technology will be best to develop your app?

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How to update old software: 3 ways to get away from legacy enterprise systems

How to update old software: 3 ways to get away from legacy enterprise systems

Posted by James Cole on Thu, 27 Oct 2016

Just as technology and electronic devices rapidly evolve and update to newer versions of themselves, so too should business software systems.

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How software is transforming the medical sector

How software is transforming the medical sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 20 Oct 2016

Clever software systems, wearable technology and health apps are changing the face of the medical sector, for the better.

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Fund your software project: A guide to grants, accelerator programs and seed funding in Australia

Fund your software project: A guide to grants, accelerator programs and seed funding in Australia

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 13 Oct 2016

Did you know that you don’t need to raise the capital for your software project entirely on your own?

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MVP: Determining the stage of your software project

MVP: Determining the stage of your software project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 29 Sep 2016

You've got an idea for a software product or service, but you're not sure what level of support you need to make it happen. We'll help you find your way.

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IOP Kick-off: What types of workshops are available?

IOP Kick-off: What types of workshops are available?

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 22 Sep 2016

We understand that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t work for everyone. That's way we offer a few different types of workshops as part of our IOP Kick-off.

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How you can prepare for our IOP Kick-off: What we need from you

How you can prepare for our IOP Kick-off: What we need from you

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 15 Sep 2016

You’ve signed up for our IOP Kick-off and you’d like to prepare so you can get the most out of the workshop. Here’s what we’ll need from you.

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Your step-by-step guide to our IOP Kick-off workshop

Your step-by-step guide to our IOP Kick-off workshop

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 08 Sep 2016

​When it comes to starting any software development project, we run a workshop to ensure we understand the needs and goals of your business. Here’s what you can expect from our IOP Kick-off.

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The importance of user testing during the software design and development process

The importance of user testing during the software design and development process

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 25 Aug 2016

When it comes to user testing, understanding how people use your software product or service is crucial to its success.

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Why we run an IOP Kick-off with every client before beginning a software development project

Why we run an IOP Kick-off with every client before beginning a software development project

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 18 Aug 2016

IOP Kick-off is our first step before beginning any software development project. Here’s why.

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Job: Are you a Mid level PHP / Laravel Developer? Come do rad stuff at inoutput

Job: Are you a Mid level PHP / Laravel Developer? Come do rad stuff at inoutput

Posted by Chris Rickard on Fri, 12 Aug 2016

Join a fun team of passionate nerds who build fun stuff.

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Refining your idea to the core: How to determine which features belong in your MVP

Refining your idea to the core: How to determine which features belong in your MVP

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 11 Aug 2016

You’ve established that your software project will be best launched as the minimum viable product (MVP) to get it to market quickly and affordably. But how do you determine which features should be included in your MVP?

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How an MVP approach to software development will save you time and money

How an MVP approach to software development will save you time and money

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 04 Aug 2016

You’ve got a great idea for a software project but you don’t want to waste your time and money building a product nobody will want to use or pay for.

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Four easy ways to keep your software developers happy

Four easy ways to keep your software developers happy

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 21 Jul 2016

Are you engaging programmers to build your software project? There are a few things you can do to ensure your objectives are clearly conveyed, and your project is delivered on time and to budget.

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The power of asking your customers for feedback

The power of asking your customers for feedback

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 14 Jul 2016

Inviting your customers to offer feedback – be it positive or negative – is a powerful way to enhance your company’s offerings. In this post, we intend to show you precisely why that’s the case.

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Tips for developing a website for different languages

Tips for developing a website for different languages

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 07 Jul 2016

In today’s connected world, it’s never been easier to reach a truly international audience. When dealing with non-English native speakers locally or overseas clientele, it’s important to make sure your website and apps work appropriately to understand the limitations of a specific language, as well as the nuances.

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Tips and tools to help you automate your daily tasks and simplify your life

Tips and tools to help you automate your daily tasks and simplify your life

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 16 Jun 2016

Automation is nothing new in the world of business. By some experts’ reckoning, the first real workplace automation of tasks was ushered in by the advent of personal computers. Others dismiss that notion and look much further back to the assembly lines of Henry Ford or the textiles of the Industrial Revolution. Depending on your perspective, any of these important developments could be viewed as major developments in automation.

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The ultimate checklist for your software project brief

The ultimate checklist for your software project brief

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 09 Jun 2016

A brief should detail the overarching ideas and plans for your software project. But what elements should be included in your brief? We’ve put together this checklist to help you out.

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How Swissted posters inspired inoutput’s office art

How Swissted posters inspired inoutput’s office art

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 02 Jun 2016

Being design fanatics, we’ve always been drawn to the clean simplicity of the Swissted posters. A Swiss-what, you ask? Here’s a quick art lesson…

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Your step-by-step guide to our scoping process

Your step-by-step guide to our scoping process

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 26 May 2016

When it comes to starting any software development project, we believe in fully scoping the job to ensure that we understand the critical needs and goals of your business to determine a practical solution.

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Get what you need when you need it: the power of internal stock control

Get what you need when you need it: the power of internal stock control

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 19 May 2016

If you’re a manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer, managing your inventory is critical to monitoring your costs and successfully operating your business.

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Reach more customers by automating your email marketing

Reach more customers by automating your email marketing

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 05 May 2016

Email marketing is still one of the most effective channels to communicate with your customers and market your business.

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5 everyday disasters you can avoid by automating business scheduling

5 everyday disasters you can avoid by automating business scheduling

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 05 May 2016

Businesses of all sizes will benefit from using scheduling software. It can streamline processes, allowing managers to spend less time creating schedules and more time attending to customers and coaching staff members.

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How an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will help your business grow

How an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will help your business grow

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Regardless of the size of your business, there are always opportunities to streamline processes to ensure a productive workforce and, ultimately, drive profitability.

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Business automation: 5 tips to help streamline your business

Business automation: 5 tips to help streamline your business

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 21 Apr 2016

If you want your business to remain competitive and relevant then automation is a must.

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Old software is hurting your business

Old software is hurting your business

Posted by Chris Rickard on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

These days there is no shortage of new tools, technologies and solutions. But what about that outdated computer system, software or application program that your business is still using? These older systems could be costing you money and putting your business at risk.

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Never forget a password again: Why every business (and person) needs a knowledge base

Never forget a password again: Why every business (and person) needs a knowledge base

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 07 Apr 2016

Have you ever forgotten a password, couldn’t recall how you solved a problem or spent a lot of time teaching your staff members the same process over and over again? If this sounds like you, then you could benefit from creating a personal knowledge base.

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Save time and money: 3 ways business process automation will unlock the full potential of your business

Save time and money: 3 ways business process automation will unlock the full potential of your business

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Fri, 01 Apr 2016

Does your business process a lot of paperwork manually? Do you receive a lot of emails requesting approval? Do you need to manage staff working remotely? Then it could be time for you to automate your business processes.

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Bring your idea to life: How to find a technical co-founder

Bring your idea to life: How to find a technical co-founder

Posted by Chris Rickard on Tue, 15 Mar 2016

Need to find someone to help build your start-up idea? In search of a partner in crime to take your product to the next level? A Wozniak to your Jobs? Here is your guide to hooking one.

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Code minimalism: what is it and should you use it?

Code minimalism: what is it and should you use it?

Posted by Chris Rickard on Tue, 08 Mar 2016

When it comes to software development and programming, code minimalism refers to using minimalist ideas, beliefs and principals in software design and use. But should you adopt this approach?

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Not all apps are created equal: Mobile apps vs mobile-optimised web apps

Not all apps are created equal: Mobile apps vs mobile-optimised web apps

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 24 Feb 2016

Did you know there's more than one way your business can reach mobile customers? Find out if you need a mobile application or a mobile-optimised web application. We break it down simply to help you understand the difference and determine which option is best suited to your business.

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F#@% spreadsheets: it's not you, it's spreadsheets

F#@% spreadsheets: it's not you, it's spreadsheets

Posted by Chris Rickard on Fri, 12 Feb 2016

Spreadsheets are often overused and misused. That's why we're looking at alternative tools that are more reliable, allow for change control and will improve efficiencies in your business.

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Inoutput tackles data for Yarra Trams Night Network project

Inoutput tackles data for Yarra Trams Night Network project

Posted by Otto on Tue, 02 Feb 2016

Throughout 2015, inoutput worked closely with Yarra Trams to prepare for the Victorian Government’s Night Network trial.

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Choosing the right mobile app for your project: Native vs cross-platform vs hybrid

Choosing the right mobile app for your project: Native vs cross-platform vs hybrid

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 21 Jan 2016

With increasing competition between iOS and Android, how do you determine which platform will be best for your app? We compare the pros and cons of native, cross-platform and hybrid apps.

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How to write a brief for a software development project

How to write a brief for a software development project

Posted by Chris Rickard on Mon, 18 Jan 2016

The project brief – it’s the important first step of getting any software development venture off the ground. So, what is a brief and why do you need one?

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6 things to look for when hiring a software developer to build your project

6 things to look for when hiring a software developer to build your project

Posted by Chris Rickard on Wed, 09 Dec 2015

When engaging a software developer or software development company, what are the key things you should look for to ensure they can deliver a top-notch project? This is a question I have been asked a lot over the years, especially from business owners and people looking to hire a developer.

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Why you need to engage in scoping before starting a software development project

Why you need to engage in scoping before starting a software development project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 09 Dec 2015

You’ve got an idea for a business and need a software program, website or application to bring it to life. But where do you begin? Scoping – it’s an integral part of the process that will help you to identify your project goals, determine what is possible and allow you to create a plan that will help you achieve what is practical.

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Automating our Craft development workflow or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Gulpfile

Automating our Craft development workflow or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Gulpfile

Posted by Angus Fretwell on Mon, 02 Feb 2015

I was initially skeptical of all the new automation tools which had sprung into existence in the last few years. Bower seemed nice, but manually downloading external resources was never hard; did I really need to add another layer of complexity to our workflow? Vagrant looked intimidating—it didn't seem worth the hassle for a relatively small team developing PHP-based websites.

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Best practice for hospitality websites

Best practice for hospitality websites

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 08 Jan 2015

Designing a website for a cafe, bar or restaurant should be simple, but it's amazing how many venues don't quite nail it. Too often, we have trouble finding menus, addresses or phone numbers for destinations when we're out on the town. It's frustrating, and as everybody knows, first impressions count.

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​Why Craft will make you happier than Wordpress, Expression Engine, Pyro, Drupal and other CMS

​Why Craft will make you happier than Wordpress, Expression Engine, Pyro, Drupal and other CMS

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 11 Dec 2014

From a customer's point of view, there's nothing more important than the text, images and other media on your website. But for you, the most important thing going forward is choosing the right content management system.

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