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    5 Best Articles of 2016
    James Nagy
     

    5 Best Articles of 2016

    With the year coming to a close, it’s always best practice to look back over the efforts that you’ve made throughout the year to see what was successful and what fell flat. Building on what has received great feedback is a great way to start your next year off right. When it comes to articles that we share with our followers, we want to produce content that people want and need. 

    In case you missed any, here are the most popular articles of 2016:

    The Next 5 Years: Cable TV to Disappear & People Driving in Drones

    Let’s think about how different the world was just five short years ago.  Now picture the world in the next five years.  What will disappear? What innovations and businesses will take off? There could be something introduced in the next five years that’s as familiar to you as Facebook is right now, and you just don’t know it yet.

    How to “Manage Up” as a Consultant

    When working as a consultant, there are sometimes instances where you have a new boss that comes onto a project that you’re working on.  This gives an interesting twist to the job because, although you’re not a permanent employee of the company, you’ve actually been working on the project for longer than the new boss has been on the job.  So, how do you handle the new leadership style without letting it get in the way of your consultant process?

    User Experience: Product Thinking

    What do you think when you think “User Experience”?  For me, I think of a simple and easy to use interaction with a product.  So, what’s the most important? The features that make the product easy to use or the product itself that solves a problem for the user?  If you think the latter, then you are using product thinking.  So, why is this important to user experience?

    Agile Development is Dead: A Hybrid is Born

    Word is that Agile Development is dead.  People have been saying this for quite some time now and I have to say –I agree.  Agile Development, in its purest form that is, is dead.  It did have a long and productive life. Because of this, I think it’s necessary to reflect back on Agile Development and realize that, even though its purest form is dead, there is room for evolution.

    Personality is the New UX

    Have you heard of “conversationalist interfaces” yet? They are interfaces that use a text message like window so users can actually ask for what they want.  Think Siri.  When your interface is actually connecting with users, you want to provide a user experience to accompany that.  Users aren’t looking to talk to a robot.  When you’re showing a very few short lines of text at a time, you have to find a way to incorporate a positive user experience for the user.

    These were the articles that you loved from this year. What articles are you still waiting to see? What would you like to see more of? Is there something you want to see less of? We want to hear your opinions –comment below!

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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