Author: Scott Risdal

Scott has been in the software development industry for over 30 years and has seen most of what is under the sun during that time. They don’t let him program any more, but he is still good for an opinion. Nowadays most of his time is spent on the business development side of things, and there is a good chance that he will pick up the phone when you call Saturn Systems to talk about your project. If you do, you can also talk to him about: curling, mountain biking, cross country skiing and music.

How Do Software Development Rates Affect Your Project Costs?

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Prospective customers who contact us to discuss their custom software projects always ask about the rates we charge for developers, quality assurance and project management. And it is a fair question. Everyone should ask it. However, it’s just one factor to consider — and a very important one — when comparing software development firms. You… Read more »


Software Engineering vs. Coding: What’s the Diff?

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There is a lot of talk about the shortage of software development resources and what to do about it. Too often the discussion focuses around the need for “coders”, as though software development is a manufacturing process and simply about writing code. Well technically you can’t get your software developed without doing some coding, but… Read more »


7 Questions To Ask A Prospective Software Outsourcing Partner

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Are you considering outsourcing for the development or support of a significant piece of software or have you in the past? Selecting the right partner is critical, but how do you know if you are asking the right questions? There are a number of considerations, some short term, some longer term that can affect the… Read more »


I Can See Clearly Now – The Importance Of Product Vision

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Last year we lost a good project contract three weeks into the effort. It’s possible it could have been avoided, but perhaps it was inevitable. The project, a web-based rewrite of a successful desktop product with a very large feature set, was right up our alley. Straightforward, right? Migrate the feature set in phases while simplifying and improving… Read more »


Solve: (Software + Project) = (Herding + Cats)

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Managing a software development team is akin to herding cats. Does this sound familiar? Have you been involved in projects as a stakeholder or project manager where you have a constant uneasy feeling the project is not on the right track? No other engineering discipline allows team members to so easily stray from the planned course at… Read more »