It’s not easy building and nurturing a hybrid-remote team; you need to put equal time and effort into the personal and professional development of every employee. Because when you do, talent may just flourish from the most unexpected — and untrained! — places.
That’s exactly what happened when Diego Almeida de Oliveira first came to Cheesecake Labs in 2017. Over 3 and a half years, Diego grew from an intern — or “Cupcaker”, as we like to say — to one of CKL’s most highly-skilled and well-respected Senior Android Engineers, delivering delightful mobile apps to clients as Tapcart and Singularity University.
Chances are, you’re familiar with the term ‘Minimum viable product’. Colloquially abbreviated to ‘MVP’, these three words have taken the product development and lean startup world by storm for years.
And for good reason, too. Working with an MVP brings a whole host of benefits — it creates a framework for releasing new products quickly, without getting bogged down in the features that are nice, but not necessary, for your initial release.
Quality assurance refers to the guarantee that when a software application is used, it performs as expected without causing harm or error. And, as you’d imagine, quality is the ultimate goal of every app in development.
But what exactly are we referring to, when we say “quality”?
It isn’t easy to pick a technology for your new application idea. Everyone acts like the language they use is the best one out there (including us!). It’s hard for business owners to sift through the noise and figure out what tool is the right one for the job.
At Cheesecake Labs, we cut through the noise.
We’re clear about why we use Python — the benefits it brings to application development and the drawbacks too.
If you’ve been reading this blog post series since the beginning, you should have already gone through all Cheesecake Lab’s product development phases. Phase 1 helped you define your product and your goals, Phase 2 gave your app a design, and Phase 3 brought your product to life and released it to users.
Your app is out in the world now. But the most exciting — and important — weeks, months and years still lie ahead.
This pandemic has forced us to experience a period of many changes in our life dynamics. Social distance has impacted almost all areas of our lives, especially how we relate to work. The famous Home office, or telework, which was once considered a privilege or an innovative work model, has now become a reality for many companies, especially in the IT sector.
However, there is a big difference between adopting this work model as a conscious and planned choice – when one is able to exercise social activities in other environments -, and the model forced by the pandemic, one which implies social distance and ends up limiting most of our social interactions to interactions that can only be mediated by technology.
Do you have your next app idea fleshed out, designed and ready to go into development?
Now it’s time to figure out how you’re going to bring your app into the world, and here’s where some big questions around technology arise. Perhaps you’re clear on the frontend, but you are unsure which backend technology to use? There are countless programming languages and web frameworks out there — you can spend weeks looking at Flask vs. Django vs. Node.js comparisons and still not know which way to go.
$143 billion was spent in apps and on app stores during 2020 alone. And this wasn’t a fluke. Close to 90% of mobile internet time is now spent in apps — a number that’s been steadily growing in recent years.
So if you’re gearing up to develop an app for iOS or Android, you’re on the right track. Businesses that invest in these platforms are not only going to remain more competitive, they stand to boost their revenue and customer engagement as well.
With this guide we come to the third phase of the Cheesecake Labs’ four-phase Product Definition, Design, Development, and Optimization process. But in no way is the ‘Development’ phase the final step in any app’s journey.
After the Product Development phase is complete, you’ll have a fully functioning market-ready web or mobile app — something we can continue to work together on, gathering user feedback, exploring your problem-solving proposition, and staking your place among competitors. It’s a significant milestone in your application’s lifecycle (and one to be excited about). It opens doors to a new chapter, where you’ll be iterating and improving on a live product. Continue Reading
At Cheesecake Labs, we’ve created a four-phase methodology for successful app development: product definition, product design, product development, and product optimization.
Utilizing this process ensures an app meets — and often surpasses — the expectations of our clients, their stakeholders and, most importantly, the users.
In the first installment of this blog series, we explained how our first phase — Product Definition — helps set the stage for successful design and development. Now it’s time to look at Phase #2: Product Design. In this guide, we’ll explain how the Cheesecake Labs team approaches application UI and UX design — and why that unique approach delivers real value to your business. Continue Reading