Making Products Happen

Michelle Tan

I think of the work we do in Tinkerbox as the crafting of great software products. Products which people will hopefully love to use. To do this, it is helpful to have a framework to talk about how we make products happen. Let’s start by discussing what we want in a product. Desirability A product must first and foremost be something people want. No one is going to use a product that does not...
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Light and Shadow - Bringing your artwork to the next level

Michelle Tan

Refining the details of a design artwork is a great way to push it to the next level. There are several ways to refine an artwork, such as adding in finer details using colours and shadows or applying various textures and effects. With these techniques in mind, one could approach an artwork and selectively apply them to produce a unique piece each time. However, always bear in mind to maintain...
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Why Cheap Software is Expensive

Jaryl Sim

Most of us are pretty savvy when it comes to buying things and not getting ripped off. If something sounds too good to be true, our spider sense starts tingling and we are on the look out for the catch, or if we are getting scammed. Yet when it comes to buying or building software, we often find teams in positions where they are blindsided to the true cost of their decisions. Focusing on...
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Paying for software: Fixed Bid or Time and Materials?

Michelle Tan

Now that you’ve decided to outsource your project, how should you decide how to pay for your vendor’s work? Two common business models are the Fixed Bid model and the Time and Materials model. The Fixed Bid model is something that we are all very used to. You get a quotation for the requirements that you provide. Prices are fixed, so are the requirements. This is more commonly practiced using...
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Tinkerworkshop: A lesson in Agile

Michelle Tan

Our very first Tinker-workshop took place yesterday with a lesson in Agile Methodology. A part of our ongoing series, Tinkerseries: The essentials for introducing technology into your business, this Agile workshop aimsto help more people understand the fundamentals of Agile Software Methodology. The speaker for the evening, Mr Michael Tan, is a trainer with the Institute of Systems Science at...
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5 Steps to Your First Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Jaryl Sim

There are right ways and wrong ways to go about building your Minimum Viable Product (MVP). For example, some people think that it is about building a cheap, small-scale, version of the actual product. It really isn’t. If you’ve been following Lean Startup principles, the fundamental objective of MVPs is to help you acquire validated learning, which brings you closer to identifying a business...
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The art of transforming your traditional enterprise with technology

Michelle Tan

Until recent years, the word “enterprise” has often been associated with large corporations and physical office spaces. In today’s fast growing digital world, this may not be the case anymore. Concepts such as remote working have proven that space, physical location, and even physical products in stores, are not as important anymore. The game changers of today harness the magic of the internet...
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Why You Should Own the Software Your Business Relies On

Jaryl Sim

Tech companies will eventually displace the majority of Fortune 500. Competing without software is like competing without electricity. Naval Ravikant Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen how tech startups like Uber and AirBnB have disrupted entire industries around the world despite not owning any cars or property. Despite their ‘disadvantages’, they are considered the largest...
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Intern series: Kate Lim on The Tinker Life

Michelle Tan

They say culture is never what’s in your employee handbook. It’s best defined inside out—what employees think about the workplace. So here’s the inside scoop on what’s it like working atTinkerbox. “Tinkerbox is a unicorn. It won’t be easy to find another workplace like this out there.” Those aren’t my words. And I would disagree but only because for most of us, Tinkerbox is more than a...
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Tinkerseries: The essentials for introducing technology into your business

Michelle Tan

Sign-upat http://tinyurl.com/tinkerseries Have you ever wondered why businesses pay thousands of dollars to develop their website or mobile app when coding is such a common skill today? Or if you can depend on online sites to build your own website or app with just a few simple clicks? We're here to help you figure that out! It has been (pretty much) unanimously agreed on that the power of...
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