How vital are Business Analysts in an Agile framework?

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How vital are Business Analysts in an Agile framework?

There seems to be a broad perception that role of a Business Analyst is all about articulating user stories and anybody could shoulder their role. But in reality Business Analysts have skills to facilitate conversations, which is the heart of agile. Curating requirements is only a trivial piece and is definitely not the most significant one. Written requirements are great for communication, with agile, there must be a right balance between conversation and the documentation.

Inclusive Design – Emphasizing the need for building digital products that are accessible

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Inclusive Design – Emphasizing the need for building digital products that are accessible

Everyone is different. Every individual works, plays, and interacts in a distinct way. Emotions and situations influence many of these experiences and they reflect in the digital world too. It is imperative to understand that the manner in which an individual perceives, visualizes, transits, or thinks can vary greatly. The way an individual interacts with a product is completely different from the way the other individual does it. User preference with varied experiences is of peak importance to create any digital product. Inclusiveness is all about empowering EVERYONE to do what they want, in a way that suits them.

Decoding the Color systems in Front-End Development

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Decoding the Color systems in Front-End Development

Since the inception of web development, developers have been using different ways of specifying colors to web elements. When HTML specification was primarily defined, the colors in a web page were controlled by HTML. Now they are defined in CSS and the color definitions have few elements of the original HTML names. The colors are conventionally specified using name of the color, RGB value, or the hexadecimal value.

How designers interact and communicate their ideas with multifaceted teams

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How designers interact and communicate their ideas with multifaceted teams

Digital products are constantly evolving, and this is evidenced by the diverse job roles that a designer has to work alongside. With new technologies ranging from AR to Chatbots, future user experiences will have core inputs from machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and the list goes on. However, the constant in all of it, is the design process itself, and the age-old aspects are set to remain unchanged.

Redefining the role of Business Analyst:
From Requirement Specialist to Business Consultant

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Redefining the role of Business Analyst:
From Requirement Specialist to Business Consultant

The role of a Business Analyst has transformed over the time, from being considered as a requirement specialist – one who elicits requirements in a structured format and derive solutions to being a business consultant – one who builds strategy with experience across multiple businesses, subject matter expertise, knowledge about prevalent industry practice, and adherence to structured processes.

From Front-End to Full-Stack: Development in the Era of Experience Engineering

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From Front-End to Full-Stack: Development in the Era of Experience Engineering

Full-Stack Web Development has been the most popular developer occupation according to the 2017 Stack Overflow Survey. The definition of full stack developer has been transforming for a long while; in the past developer was regarded as someone who could actualize a web page using tools like Photoshop or Fireworks, convert the design to HTML mockups with image hotspots, articulate a few PHP scripts to handle the server-side logic, store the dynamic data using MySQL, maybe with a bit of optimizing and in the end upload to the server through FTP.

Where Space Meets People:
Approaching our workplace with Design Thinking

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Where Space Meets People:
Approaching our workplace with Design Thinking

As any workspace should ideally be, the Litehouse BLR studio is a constant work-in-progress, a living breathing space that’s continuously molding and adapting itself to the needs of its inhabitants. For a team that’s perpetually producing and evolving new ideas and innovations, it’s not just favourable but also imperative for the workspace to be a physical reflection of this culture, never remaining static, always embracing a state of flux. So let’s take a look at some of the things we try to achieve as we evolve our workspace.

Has Interactive prototyping become a vital component in the design process?

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Has Interactive prototyping become a vital component in the design process?

Static wireframes, mockups aren't enough to communicate the complexity of the ideas, hence it’s imperative to make the designs interactive. Prototypes help in building a system that is intuitive, easy to operate and it enables the user to experience an actual product. Prototyping is an iterative process that helps to design with an initial set of system requirements.

Project Jacquard is literally weaving together fabric and technology

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Project Jacquard is literally weaving together fabric and technology

I am all excited to hear about Google’s Project Jacquard. The company has intelligently partnered with textile experts like Levis to weave interactive fabric! The conducive yarn (yes, that’s what it’s called!) or a sensor grid can be woven into textiles to create a large interactive surface. It can then perform functions like answer a call, play music or control a device by the swipe of a sleeve.

InVision: A disruptive tool in prototyping

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InVision: A disruptive tool in prototyping

For design teams spread across the globe, it can be challenging to maintain prototype versions and keep track of who has contributed what. Fortunately there are many prototyping tools available purporting to help with this daunting task. There is a wide range of tools available. So, be cautious of what prototyping tool you choose. Some prototyping tools offer too many features and capabilities, while others don’t offer enough. At Litehouse, when it comes to delivering the prototype to the client, InVision is the tool of choice. There are multiple ways to share a prototype including a URL, email, SMS, embedding, or file transfer. There is a comment mode with various categories such as: everyone, collaborators and developer notes. This mechanism is a powerful feature giving ‘Feedback’ its due importance.

Why is Responsive Web Design so important?

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Why is Responsive Web Design so important?

Responsive web design enables optimal website viewing and interaction experience across different devices, without having to create and design different versions of a website depending on the device screen-size and platform. Research suggests that in the year 2015, 85 percent of web users believe a company’s mobile website should be just as good as or better than their desktop site. This means that all businesses should ensure that their websites are compatible with these devices.

Can business transformation be achieved without IT modernization?

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Can business transformation be achieved without IT modernization?

In today’s scenario the answer to this question is – “Yes!” Businesses can be transformed by a clearly laid out thought process and an analysis of the alignment of the organization with the vision of the business. ‘People, Process and Technology’ were perceived to be the key aspects of a business transformation initiative. In my personal experience, I see a change wherein we should focus on ‘People, Process and Innovation’.