“We love Menlo, but there’s no way we’re going to be able to get user feedback the way you do. It just won’t fly back at our company.” We hear this often from Menlo visitors. They learn about our process, …[Read more]
“When you walk into the lobby of Menlo Innovations, you find yourself standing in the heart of what makes this company one of the most innovative and productive software development firms in the world.”
Wrote John Baldoni, a Forbes magazine …[Read more]
We often find ourselves in discussions about sunk cost here at Menlo. Many of the people who walk through our door have already invested in a piece of software they are not happy with, they don’t want to start over …[Read more]
There’s a common theme we find when talking with visitors about our process. Our willingness to embrace change as a project progresses is always interpreted as unmitigated scope creep. While understandable, this conclusion is wrong. Our process — our planning …[Read more]
was not choosing Menlo Innovations to do our software design and development.”
– a former prospect having coffee with me the other day.
This is a common theme and there is no joy, no schadenfreude when I hear this. …[Read more]
One of the most common questions we are asked when people are learning about our process is “How do you control scope creep?” Scope creep defeats more software projects than probably any other single cause.
Once upon a time I …[Read more]
Estimation is always a hot topic in software development. An even more important topic, and usually ignored, is not how to estimate but rather how to size a project. So what’s the difference?
By now you can probably imagine our …[Read more]
People who come to Menlo Innovations or take our classes are often fascinated with the power and simplicity of our paper-based planning game. When we first introduced this planning game process at my old company, Interface Systems, my boss/CEO Bob …[Read more]
Fall of 2006 marked the beginning of my senior year in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While my classmates were being flown around the country for interviews and juggling different offers I was clueless as …[Read more]