Improper Costing Techniques Could Be The Reason Your Software Development Projects Fail

Clients that need software built always want to know how much it will cost them, and a lot of times (at least as we have experienced at Intellectual Apps) they want to have this information before work begins. In order to get a “realistic” estimate of how much it will cost to build the piece of software, agencies would elicit the requirements and then based on that come up with an estimate of the cost. Client has a cost for getting their software built while the agency is happy they got the project. Great!

Work starts and in a couple of weeks (in some cases days), the client asks for some features to be Continue reading

Software Developers, RAM, and Maintainable Code

The software developer’s brain works just like a computer, it has a RAM! When working on a product, the software developer has the product clearly in her RAM ranging from the tasks she has to do, the tasks other team members have to do to the general direction of the product.

Another thing that the developer has clearly in her mind is the structure of the code she is working on and all the little nifty bits and corners of the codebase. Something else which is true about the work a developer does is that things in the software development space change often, and in addition to that, this same developer may be involved with different teams and working on different products. She needs to always be in the “flow”. Continue reading

How to Use the Backend for Frontend (BFF) Pattern in Your Mobile Application Architecture

This article is a summary of my presentation at the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference in London.

Maintaining an API gateway these days generally involves handling different types of user facing apps such as a web, mobile (of different platforms) and IOT devices. The Backend for Frontend (BFF) pattern specifically addresses this aspect of software solutions.

The Challenge

At Intellectual Apps we build software solutions, and in creating solutions for our clients we frequently get to build Continue reading

How we built an election report-casting app!

We had always wanted to build something relevant for elections in Nigeria and we had a lot of talk around this subject in 2011 when the last general elections in Nigeria were held but never did anything more than just talk about it. So when the 2015 elections were around the corner again, the talk came back but this time we were determined to get something done, anything!
It all started with an excel sheet containing around 118,000 records, Continue reading