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Understand Your Team

Avoid the awkwardness nodding to an unfamiliar tech term.

Sometimes speaking in tech can be a burden, with obscure words that have no meaning if you don’t have the proper training, get familiar with some of the most used words used by software developers and understand your teams.

Framework: This is the canvas in which developers structure their work. Frameworks vary from each other, ho yeah there’s more than one, this is a broad concept depending on the framework you choose will be the tools and controls you’ll get on the code end and the functionalities you’ll need.

Back End: Applications, web servers, and databases. Anything that is behind the curtain and makes a website or web server run smoothly is what this term is all about.

Architecture: How your software is or will be structured, it’s important to understand that the architecture used to create your system is based on your needs. For example, if you require speed and reliability, you need to use a language that can be used for real-time computing.

Redundancy: It’s a backup, of course, I’m oversimplifying, it’s all about performance and security, its creating duplicates as fail-safe mechanisms in case a critical error occurs or in the case that data recovery is needed.

Cloud Security: Security for your cloud services, simple right?  Well…yeah, the catch is in what it includes, this ever-changing tech term is all about how you set the right policies, get the technology that suits you for your needs, and set the right controls for your architecture to be effective.

DevOps: Used to reduce the time to market a product and reduce the risk of failure to create, this process is used with collaboration in mind. Some key departments that are part of this process are quality assurance, development, and operations.

Bugs: Pesky little issues on your system, they can be small things like delays on the interface to critical errors in security. The good thing is that bugs are one of the most common issues on a new development; that is why QA engineers specialize in fixing them ASAP.

API: Stands for, Application Programming Interface, API are defined methods of communication between different software components, their sole purpose is to make easier for developers and business to create a bridge between different systems, making programming simpler and faster.

Iteration: The common definition is a repetitive process, in the software community, iteration is defined as a single development cycle of a process, these are reviewed and critiqued by the different stakeholders.

Sprint: Developing a planned amount of work in a short period of time to send for revision, like in running, the track is the project, the distance is measured in a timeframe between 2-4 weeks. It is mainly used mainly in the agile methodology.

Agile: It is a methodology,  and as such, there is no one way to do it, in fact, there are 4 variants to work this method scrum, crystal, extreme programming, and Feature Driven Development.  What makes this methodology so appealing to software developers is the clarity and progress it gives them after finishing each the different sprint iteration.

 

Design

User Experience Design, User Interface Design, or Graphic design? Love, at first sight, meets the perfect first date.

The design is all about creation, creativity, and function. There was a time when the use of the word “design” automatically referred to graphic design, this is not bad, it’s just that design in the digital world has evolved to fit different needs, things like user  interaction, responsiveness, and the attention span of a goldfish are what design as a discipline needs to deal with nowadays; that’s why, you need to think deeper when it comes to design, you need to take behavior into account.

As you must have deduced by now, there is no experience without an interface, and the interface is useless without the right graphic layout. These three different design disciplines go hand in hand to create a seamless interaction with your users and although they seem really different they share some similarities.

Now let’s find out what they mean and how they relate to one another:

Graphic Design

Look at graphic design as the way to express every visual need you have in a cohesive coherent way. Colors, Fonts, Forms, and pretty much every piece a layout is a canvas for a graphic designer, they are in charge of bringing to life the image you envision.

The thing is, the final result often lacks interactive elements, too static to be of use in a digital format, this is when the limitations of graphic design become clear, there is no real mobility.

UX – User Experience Design

Think of User Experience as understanding your user’s behavior to enhance their satisfaction. UX goal is simplifying user interactions with your system, achieve the goals you want for your website, app, or platform. This type of design not only works in a digital environment, nowadays the internet of things is making UX design a primordial part of human-computer interaction extending to an environment never before imagined.

UI – User Interface Design

Everything that needs to be interactive is what UI is all about, from buttons to email forms,  it is the type of design that supports graphics to be useful to the user, it’s not rocket science, it needs to be researched for success, user interface serves its purpose if it’s used to target the right people and helps them use your system in the way you intended.

You need to make everything on a website as clear as possible and imagine yourself in the shoes of your target market. Anticipate their behavior and wow them.

In the end is all about value, a design is meant to be a cornerstone for any organization, create smooth transitions between users and your platform, helping you accomplish whatever goal your site or app needs to fulfill.

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