So you have an idea. Is this idea fleeting or does it stay with you? Is this idea confirmed over and over again from everyday pain points? Good. Ideas that stick around have potential, but how do we convince company leadership or your team to invest? Taking your idea from dream to fruition can be intimidating. Do you run through proof of technology? Build a prototype? Start with a minimum viable product to go to market for feedback? Where do you even start to…know where to start? Dan Ward breaks down his strategy to get buy-in on your idea.     Once

Okay, you’ve submitted your resumé. If you’re interviewing at Detroit Labs, you’ve submitted your GTKY (Getting To Know You). You’ve made it through a phone interview and maybe even an in-person interview…now it’s time to prove you actually know what you’re doing. That’s right, you’re ready for the technical interview. You made it this far for a reason, so don’t worry too much. We know how hard it can be to go through an interview. Almost everyone has looked back, post-interview, and said, “I wish I had done something differently…” We asked our developers/interviewers to share advice taken from their experience

Iterative Projects: How to Be Successful in Increments “Business ideas are exciting because we can see that they have the potential to make great change. The problem is when you don’t know if that idea is realistically, technically… possible. The good news is that there are concrete ways to actually figure out if your great idea is viable. At Detroit Labs, we work with clients to create a Proof of Technology to do just that. We conduct introductory research that can save time and money, providing clients with actionable data to make an argument — to leadership or investors — for change.”   Use

By Elyse Turner You’ve worked really hard creating personas, done research on what these types of users like, determined what their pain points are, and defined why your product or idea will be important and useful to them. You’ve gone as far as actually building your product or application, either in-house or with a partner. Once your app hits the store, and people download and use it, you find that you have

By Jonathan Guest If you missed the first installment of this two-part series, read How My Life Experiences Made Me a Better QA, also by Jonathan Guest.  As I progressed through my career, I started to notice that preventing issues was something I enjoyed. In every position I held, I became very good at recognizing problems and addressing them. In hindsight, I think this is why quality assurance was an instant fit for me. In this post, I’ll speak to some traits from Part I that, although great for my career progression, did not prove to be great for my mental health. Risk

Building Modern Apps Using the Android Architecture Guidelines “In this article, you’ll learn what are Android Architecture Guideline and how to use them to build modern Android apps with the help of architecture components.”   Navigating a Proof of Concept: An Innovator's Guide “In this guide, we will show you how to navigate the proof of concept process with a technical partner — taking some of the mystery out of… well… the (for the time being) unknown.”   The Feynman Algorithm: How to Get Started in Building a Proof of Concept “In this post, I will walk you through how I get started, what I do when

By Terry May Richard Feynman is a personal hero of mine. He was a theoretical physicist known for his work in quantum physics. Feynman had a unique and uncanny ability to solve tough problems. He was so good at it, in fact, that a colleague of Feynman’s jokingly suggested the “Feynman Algorithm.” Write down the problem. Think real hard. Write down the solution. The point of the joke was that Feynman was quicker than most at solving complex problems.  From a very young age, Feynman was obsessed with figuring things out and, over the years, developed his own methods for deductive reasoning.

By Jonathan Guest If I were to take a look at everything I enjoy in life and boil it down to my two favorites (setting family on its own pedestal, of course), learning and musicianship would stand higher than the rest.   My love of learning has taken me in many directions both personally and professionally over the years. And like so many individuals in tech, my career began in an unexpected place.   I worked in printing, as a mailing supervisor, personal trainer & corrective exercise specialist, and database engineer. These careers helped me develop specific skills that I use in QA every day.   Creativity

Are Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa Just Gimmicks?? When Digital Assistants launched with Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, etc., they were exciting and promising. Years later, are they essential to your daily life? Or merely fun gimmicks? If they went away tomorrow, would you care? There’s the human element that actual assistants provide -- in-context guidance, like knowing your schedule and what may or may not be helpful to offer up based on who you are as a person and your habits. If your devices know (or are able to access by permission) your schedule, buying habits, and your current location, should they