Tag Archives for tips & tricks

What makes a smartphone usable?

Written by: Jake Quartuccio Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

We all have that friend who LOVES Apple. But it can be difficult to tell whether their love for Apple products is based on a fear of missing out (FOMO), or on a real technical superiority that’s exclusive to Apple. Consider phones. Whether people love or hate their phones can be traced back to their […]

The UX Train: Getting Your Clients on Board

Written by: Dane Robertson Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

You’re on the fast track to building a successful product after having discovered the value of a user-centered approach, but your clients aren’t all on board yet. Project goals, deadlines, and politics are outweighing the needs of the user. As advocates for your users, you must persuade your clients and stakeholders to put the users first. […]

The Secret to a Great Product: Superb UX

Written by: Kristy Markin Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Oh no. It’s happening. You’re sitting in a meeting and one of those horribly awkward moments has arrived when no one knows the answer to an important question: how do we incorporate User Experience (UX) into this project? Your company has heard about UX, realized its importance, and hired all the right people but…now what? […]

Important Questions You Haven’t Asked Yourself about Your Product

Written by: Kristy Markin Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

You’re Brilliant. You’ve come up with an idea for a product that you know is going to Change the World. You have a team of technicians, developers, designers, engineers, and managers bringing your vision to life. It’s going to be amazing. Before you get too far, have you thought about your users and how they […]

Farm, Sandbox, or Client Object Model?

Written by: Johnny Bouder Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

When developing solutions for SharePoint 2010 there are 3 primary options for development. These options are as follows: Farm Sandbox Client Object Model (Managed, Silverlight, and Javascript) It’s great that we’ve been provided options, however with these options we’re also presented with a choice. And in my opinion you should choose wisely, because each option […]

Open XML in the Sandbox

Written by: Johnny Bouder Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Sometime back I was given the task of taking information in an email and automating it into a specifically formatted word document (kind of a strange request I know). With me being a complete OpenXML noob, I have to admit it turned out to be much more difficult than I originally thought. Also, I had […]

Social Media 101: Listening To Your Fans

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Social Media 101 Tips: Business isn’t as usual; consumers have become empowered, and stronger than ever. Customers are on multiple social media platforms, increasingly vocal and being heard. If you proactively listen to what is being said about your brand, you will stay ahead of the curve, increase revenue, and make important connections with your […]

Why Do Some Products Fail?

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Remember the New Coke experiment or Qwikster from Netflix? They are just two of many products that entered the market with such buzz and hype, yet ultimately made a quick exit. The reality is it is inevitable that some products will fail; actually, the majority of new product launches will fail. Failure isn’t a bad […]

Breaking Down Creativity

Written by: Amir Zonozi Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Creativity is one of the strongest characteristics valued in our society (and especially at MetroStar); it also is one of the main ingredients in the recipe for success, and it tastes like pink Starbursts. Okay, maybe not the pink ones, but it’s definitely in the same category of awesome, you get my point. In this […]

Jenny’s SharePoint Tip: Rollup items across a site collection by creating a cross list data view web part.

Written by: Ross Beurmann Subscribe to this Author's RSS feed

Applies to:  SharePoint 2007 While working on a client project I had a request to rollup all  calendar items across a single site collection on the home page of the root site.  After reviewing several blogs describing how to create a cross list data view web part (dvwp) I was able to successfully create a […]