How to choose an AR_VR development company
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How to choose an AR/VR development company?

Choosing an AR/VR development company is a very important step. Application development can take a long time and require significant human and financial resources. Use multiple search methods There are various ways to find a company to develop an AR/VR app for you. You can start your search with these steps: 1. Catalogs of companies. The most famous are the following: The advantages of searching through catalogs are that companies can be filtered according to the criteria you need and reviews of companies are checked by the employees of the catalog site. 2. Ask your colleagues and acquaintances – maybe they can recommend developers to you. 3. Search for keywords in search engines and explore the websites of the developer companies. Check out the portfolio, read the blog, read the reviews. Also, check out management pages on social media such as LinkedIn. 4. Try searching through freelance exchanges like Upwork. 5. Pay attention to hackathons and thematic conferences. This method is convenient because many conferences are now held online and you can easily take part in them. Naturally, you can use not one, but several search methods. Make a short list of developers After that, make a short list of companies and rate them according to a number of parameters: Number of years of work experience. The number of employees. If they have cases in the area you need. How well they master know-hows, etc. Chat with company representatives Chat with representatives of the companies you have shortlisted. Thanks to direct communication, you will be able to assess not only technical competencies, but also understand a number of important things: How company representatives build relationships. How they behave when you ask uncomfortable questions. Do they talk about their failures and possible risks? How comfortable it is for you to communicate. Do your job In addition to evaluating potential candidates, you also need to do your job. You must clearly define why you need an application, what business tasks it will solve, who is its target audience, what requirements you set for it. Having a clear understanding of the goals that you set for your AR / VR application, you can concentrate on key functionality, which means saving time, effort and money. That being said, if you carefully and responsibly approach the search for developers, then the process of cooperation itself will not give you any trouble.

communication between a business analyst and a customer
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Cognitive and behavioral aspects of communication between a business analyst and a customer

I would like to start the article by considering the relationship between the business analyst and stakeholders (the customer in particular) as the exchange of information between two stakeholders, where each of them strives to achieve their goals. The customer wants to get a working product. Meanwhile, the goal of a business analyst is to collect the information received from the customer as fully as possible, guided by a certain set of principles, to put all the abstract and vague wishes of the customer in a box of specific requirements, which will then be used by the development team. In my practice, on the example of many projects, I note that it is always necessary to keep in mind the goal, that I, as a business analyst pursue, and at the same time be aware of the customer’s goal, not letting the whole process slide into empty thoughts. A prerequisite for this is well-structured communication between the business analyst and stakeholders. In fact, a lot of attention is paid to the business analysis technics as what requirements to collect, what questions to ask, etc., but after analyzing the list of sources and various training materials (courses, etc.) it can be noted that building a cognitive-behavioral basis of interaction between business analysts and customers is not given much attention. But this, in fact, is the cornerstone, the basis, the foundation which all other business analysis techniques are then “built on”. This Terra Incognito requires thoughtful and inquisitive investigation. In this text, I would like to take the first steps in an attempt to build a cognitive-behavioral basis for interaction between a business analyst and stakeholders. To consider it from the meta-level with a theoretical attitude in mind. Contextually, this interaction should take place in a safe, open, non-judgmental atmosphere that inspires confidence in the dialogue participants that the entire process of current communication is moving in the right direction. What influences the formation of this safe and trusting atmosphere? We are considering the following three components: Thoughts (cognitive). Emotions (emotional). Behavior (behavioral). Within the framework of mental (cognitive) structures, the communicating parties can have certain sets of explicitly and implicitly expressed attitudes, prejudices, certain stereotypes that can have a direct impact on the result of communication. This must always be kept in mind when there are controversial moments with customers, or their picture of what is happening differs from ours. Initially, an emotional reaction arises, but the main thing at this moment is to rationally evaluate what is happening and try to find out what is behind the customer’s objections. It is worth starting with completely elementary things. People usually think that their perceptions and ideas about things are the same, and if two people perceive the same object differently, then one of them is definitely mistaken. However, psychological science rejects this assumption. The perception of even the simplest object is not an isolated act, but part of a complex process. It depends, first of all, on the system in which the subject is considered, as well as on the previous experience, interests, and practical goals of the subject. Even a point of view can significantly influence the perception of a situation. In the course of communication, information is exchanged, the interaction of various communication styles and types of knowledge. Thought Level – What are you thinking? Have you thought about what your interlocutor wanted to convey to you, or have you already begun to build thought structures that have nothing to do with his message or have, but there are subtle differences that in the future can have very large discrepancies between your mental structure and reality? Are you trying to hear what the interlocutor is saying to you or are you defending your point of view? According to the cognitive-behavioral theory, the main factor influencing our emotions and behavior is our way of thinking. Let’s look at the main negative patterns and reactions that provoke negative emotional states in people and certain actions: all-or-nothing thinking: seeing the world in black and white; rejection of positive experiences, insisting that it “doesn’t count” for whatever reason; automatic negative reactions: habitual self-criticism; increasing or minimizing the event value; overgeneralization: draw broad conclusions from a single event; personalization: taking all too close to heart or consider the actions of others as if they are directed at you; mental filter: choosing one negative detail and fixing on it in such a way that reality is obscured; The second important factor in the success of communication is the correct emotional background, which can either support the optimal format of interaction or disrupt its harmonious flow. First, clients need a sense of respect, value, and comfort so that they can fully reveal or share their understanding of the issues raised within the framework of this project. Secondly, in light of the constant “white noise” and distractions, the customer wants to understand that they were being listened to and heard, and not just to be an object for imposing our point of view. This type of interaction requires calm, firm, and genuinely empathic communication that is not always easy to master. Empathy [1] (Greek ἐν – “in” + Greek πάθος – “passion”, “suffering”, “feeling”) – conscious empathy with the current emotional state of another person without losing the sense of the origin of this experience. Accordingly, an empath is a person with a developed ability for empathy. Active listening (empathic listening) is a method used in the practice of socio-psychological training, psychological counseling, and psychotherapy, which makes it possible to more accurately understand the psychological states, feelings, thoughts of the interlocutor with the help of special conversation methods, implying an active expression of one’s own experiences and feelings. Communication with a business analyst is, in fact, the first fore-post that must be symbolically taken by the customer in order to move forward meaningfully. This type of communication gives customers a different relationship experience than they have previously experienced. The more information we, as business analysts, collect…

7 Key Reasons To Hire Ukrainian Developers
May 21, 2021
Top 7 key reasons to hire Ukrainian developers

When it comes to hiring a software development company there are fears such as lack of communication, lack of resources and pricing. So in this article we will review how Ukrainian developers fit in considering their culture and work ethic. Team Players Ukrainians focus on personal success, but for them, group achievements tend to be a lot more important within the workplace. Competition inside of a group is not popular in Ukrainian culture and people are focused on supporting one another. Communication Skills When interacting with people who are considered to be strangers Ukrainians appear very formal, direct, and distant as formality is often used as a sign of respect. Ukrainians are in for a long and deep relationship and open up gradually. Planning Detailed planning is very common among Ukrainians. Ukrainians react and adapt fast, they act on the spot when facing a difficult decision and aren’t afraid to take risks. Foreign Languages The vast majority of Ukrainian programmers have an intermediate or upper-intermediate level of English proficiency. It’s considered normal for Ukrainians to be proficient in 3+ languages. High level of involvement Ukrainian developers tend to ask a lot of clarification questions, disagree with a client if they see a better solution, and explain why it might be better to take a different route. This approach means more discussions upfront but results in a minimum of wasted time and better quality of the final product. Business Trips (once the world can travel again) Ukraine is located within 2-3 hour flight from the majority of European capitals. Ukrainians have also been able to travel to the EU visa free since 2017. As for North America, now there is also a great number of major airlines that fly to Ukraine. Both EU, USA and Canada residents are able to visit Ukraine visa-free. Growing amount of Tech Graduates and Community From 2015 to 2020 the amount of IT professionals in Ukraine has doubled – it went from 90 000 to 180 000. Every year 15 000+ of computer science students graduate across Ukraine – this number is expected to keep growing as well. Therefore, Ukrainian software developers are a great choice when selecting an offshore development team. It is a wise choice not only in terms of cost-efficiency and skills availability but also due to their ability to adapt and work well in diverse cultural environments. If you have any questions or a project idea you would like to discuss – reach out to us! Mariia Kalashnyk, Qualium Systems, Business Development Manager

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