Technology Advisory

SVSG Client Note, COVID19 Edition

For years now, although SVSG has several physical offices, we have largely worked remotely. In the current crisis, our experience with virtual teams is helping us and our clients execute faster and more effectively than ever. With video conferencing, highly interactive communications platforms and our deep experience working virtually, we can help your team move forward.

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SVSG in Forbes: The Art Of Technical Due Diligence

After participating in dozens of TDD projects, I've learned that there are many ways to solve a technical challenge -- including using frameworks or programming languages that I personally wouldn't touch. It is thus critical to put aside one’s own ideas of technical purity and “the right way of doing things” during TDD and to have an open mind about how technology can be used.

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Technical Due Diligence, Explained

Bernard Fraenkel, SVSG Practice Lead, explains the process of technical due diligence, a key step in the technology company investment cycle. Bernard has led engineering teams of all sizes for over 30 years in Silicon Valley and around the world, and has overseen more than a dozen due diligence assessments.

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How to Choose Your Tech Stack

An MVP is all about getting a product into the hands of your customers quickly and learning from their feedback. Importantly, it also serves as a foundation for your engineering team to build on as your company grows. Before any code gets written, you will need to select the tech stack that will power your application.

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Is Technical Debt Killing your Company?

Too much debt, whether financial or technical, can cripple an organization’s freedom to move forward. However, unlike financial debt whose cost is spelled out in a statement, the burden of technical debt to a company is not immediately clear, as it cannot be measured by simply reading the code.

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Managing Technical Debt

Operating with debt is a normal component of doing business. Just as financial debt must be controlled and leveraged to take advantage of market opportunities, any software project maintains a level of technical debt as well. Let’s explain what this is and clear up some misconceptions.

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Lean and Agile: Partners in Customer Delight

Lean Startup and Agile (whether the latter is Scrum, Extreme Programming, or Kanban) share common roots in Lean Manufacturing, the work Deming did with Toyota beginning in the 1950s to increase quality and throughput through teamwork. (Lean was virtually synonymous with the word Kanban just a few years ago, in programming, until the advent of Eric Ries’ book Lean Startup usurped the word.)

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Innovation in the Enterprise Done Right

Technology in it of itself is not a cure all to innovation. Technology needs to map to business objectives which in turn are derived from the changing market landscape. In this post, we highlight one impressive example of corporate innovation done right: namely Target’s efforts in leveraging its mid-market consumer brand to take advantage of the trends happening in the Internet of Things (IoT) technology space.

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Agile for SMEs

Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) as well as larger, established, companies are augmenting their brick and mortar presence with an online presence. Concurrently, Agile Software Development Methodology (“Agile”) has been almost universally adopted by venture-backed software companies. In the following, SVSG offers a primer to SMEs on how to get started with Agile: what must be done right at the onset, and what to avoid.

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How Bias Can Derail Your Startup

The Lean Startup is now a ubiquitous, well understood approach to business innovation, but it often unravels when put into practice. The bias of the entrepreneur or technology executive can lead to delays, expanded budgets and aimless results. This should not be wholly unexpected, as misuse has long plagued Lean’s forebear, the scientific method.

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