Project Management: So You Want to Build a “Snowman”

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Setting out to build something new can be daunting. Especially something as complicated and intricate as a website or an app. As a project manager at The Nerdery, it’s my job to take an intimidating goal and break it down into very manageable pieces for our clients.

That can be tricky though. Let me show you what I mean. (Spoiler alert: this may or may not be an extended metaphor.) Read more

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Chicago Pentathanerd 2014 – Final Results!

The Chicago office wrapped up their second Pentathanerd over the week of December 1st through the 5th.  4 teams competed against each other in some Nerdy and fun events to determine the champion for 2014.  The 4 teams were (with honorary members in parenthesis):

2PMs and 1QA – Travis, Ryan, Joe

In the .NET – Andy, Ben, Ken, (Michael), (Curtis)

Molly and the Spicy Tuna Crunch – Molly, Martin, Jim, (Gary), (Burton)

Team Greggani – Dani, Gregg, (Jabari)

And they competed in the following events:

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Why I Created A New User Experience Model to Help Our Clients

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As a user experience designer, I want to be a part of compelling creative projects—projects that solve business problems for our clients and engage their users through valuable experiences. However, given tight budgets and timelines it’s challenging to discuss the intricacies of the design and development process with new clients, develop innovative solutions and create engaging user experiences that provide measurable business outcomes. Read more

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Nerd Holiday Gift Guide

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Sometimes it’s a challenge to find that perfect gift for the nerd in your life. To help make that a little easier, we asked our Nerds to share some of their ideas that they have on their lists.

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How to Feed 422 Nerds a Thanksgiving Feast [Infographic]

Every year, the families of our executive committee team up to put together a homemade Thanksgiving feast for our staff. My first Nerdery Thanksgiving was back in 2007. I was amazed that they could put together a meal for 40 people and still have leftovers. Seven years later, they managed to feed 400+ people and still had leftovers. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, your grocery list would look something like this.
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Why $10K Websites Work for Everyone… But You.

As a custom web and interactive development company, it’s not uncommon for customers to come to us asking to help select or implement a pre-built website theme for their business. When we start asking questions, however, we often find that a from-the-box website solution won’t deliver the value clients think it will.

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Quick CMS Comparison [Infographic]

Choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your website – and your budget – is one of the most important decisions in the web development process. To help illustrate the differences, we’ve put together this visual guide examining what makes some of our favorite affordable CMS options unique.

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Lumbersexual Fashion Trend Sweeps The Nerdery

We were recently called out in Gear Junkie’s article on the Lumbersexual fashion trend and we embraced it. We asked the Nerds to sport their best lumberjack gear and they showed up in droves. I’d bet that everyone had what they wore in their own closet – no shopping required.

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Why is Website Development So Darn Expensive?

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We hear the question, “Why is website development so darn expensive?” a lot. So we rummaged around The Nerdery for three different perspectives (from a Software Developer, a Project Manager and a Solutions Engineer) on the true value of developing software and why you ultimately get what you pay for.

“Getting everyone on the same page is important to create an accurate estimate, scope and timeline.”

-Kurt Schmidt, Director of Project Management

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Outsourced Web Development

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The question that all organizations face when building a new website is especially challenging to small businesses on a tight budget – “who can we trust to create our website?” And while a small business, nonprofit or startup may have limited resources, their users have real needs to address.

Outsourcing is a great option when you don’t have the technical skills required internally, though it’s hard to know which kind of outsourcing is right: offshore, freelance, an agency or even your friend’s tech-wiz nephew.

I’ve had to make these tough calls before myself when co-founding startups and have learned that the right answer depends on a combination of your knowledge-level and what you’re willing to risk.

Cheap Has Its Price

It’s easy for someone to promise you that with the budget or constraints you have, you can get exactly what you’re asking for. They want your money, and will say “yes” if that’s what it takes to get it. Then when you get your finished product, surprise! You don’t get what you want after all.

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