When you look at an agency’s site, what do you look for? We recently redesigned our website at MojoTech, and we spent a lot of time looking at other agency sites to help us think about how to move forward with ours. This exercise made something painfully clear: most agency websites aren’t particularly helpful to potential clients. They’re built with the agency in mind, rather than the client. For example, many sites spend countless words going on about the various programming languages that they use; a valuable recruiting pitch, perhaps, but not all that interesting to someone who merely wants their idea turned into a working, thriving product.…

As consultants at MojoTech, our job is not only to deliver great software products but to make the client-consultant experience enjoyable. In other words, we focus not only on results but the process itself. This balance is crucial to ensuring all our clients have the same great experience when working with us on a project. Our clients come in many different shapes and sizes ranging from small startups with just an idea or vision to large, veteran companies that have been around for decades.…

Imagine for a second you’re renovating your kitchen. You’ve hired an interior designer and a contractor to build things out. They’re incredible at what they each do, but it doesn’t take long to see they can’t communicate. The kitchen eventually gets built, but it took too long, cost too much, and now the sink keeps catching fire. In software, that understanding — between designers, engineers, product managers, and especially clients — is just as essential.…

Like many of my “vintage”, I enjoyed Dr. Spencer Johnson’s 1998 classic, *Who Moved My Cheese?*; a motivational tale written as a parable that illustrates the different ways in which people, or businesses, respond to change. As an upwardly mobile thirty-something tech executive in the 90’s, I spent the requisite 45 minutes of introspection and determined I was fully prepared for any mouvement de fromage. Now as a fifty-something (extremely early fifty-something), mostly mobile tech executive, I find that forcing change (i.…

Newton’s first law of motion states: >“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” In other words, objects tend to keep on doing what they’re doing… Last Friday my CEO asked me to write a blog post. “Write down all the problems you solve in a week — big and small — and you’ll know what to write about,” he replied, and promptly walked away.…

In our industry we commonly provide clients with some form of high-fidelity visual prototype of what they want to build. We use these prototypes to guide the discussion and gain feedback. However, these visual assets (often Adobe Photoshop Documents (PSDs)) can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. To be clear, a PSD can mean any high-fidelity visual representation of screens, regardless of software. Over the years we’ve learned the communications pitfalls, and as a result, the best practices for using PSDs.…

At MojoTech we’re lucky to be able to work with big and soon-to-be-big companies to design and develop a broad range of digital products. Oftentimes, we’re approached by soon-to-be big companies who have great ideas but need our technical know-how to make them a reality. They’re passionate about their projects but haven’t raised the money they need to provide an adequate design and development budget. In some cases, depending on the strength of the team, and the idea we’re happy to negotiate a lower rate to make our services more affordable.…

Our final essay in a three-part series from CEO Nick Kishfy (@kishfy) on how best to get internal buy-in for something built by an outside agency. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Series. If you’ve made your case and aligned your pitch with the interests of your stakeholders, then you’ve successfully completed the first step. But making stakeholders open to an idea isn’t the same as getting buy-in.…

Our first in a three-part series from CEO Nick Kishfy (@kishfy) on how best to get internal buy-in for something built by an outside agency. It happens all the time. A forward-thinking employee (that’s you) wants your company to hire an agency to take on a technology project. Maybe it’s turning a desktop application into a more user-friendly web application. Maybe it’s an internal platform to make life easier for your team.…

ch)With the recent buzz surrounding functional programming, I thought it would be good to elaborate on what functional programming means and what applying it can do for your code. Let’s start by taking a look at some imperative style code for making breakfast. Making Breakfast the Imperative Way Let’s talk about what you ate for breakfast this morning. You probably did some kind of preparation, even if you just threw a bagel in a toaster.…

On paper, MojoTech’s resume looks pretty impressive. Since its inception in 2008, MojoTech has launched more than 100 products by partnering with clients to deliver software that solves their most complex business problems. MojoTech was ranked the 42nd fastest growing software company in America by Inc. Magazine, and was listed as one of 2016’s Best Places to Work for the third year running, by Providence Business News, who also awarded co-founder Chris Shoemaker “CTO of the Year”.…

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