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Oasis Digital developer hiring process

Candidates keep asking: what is the process, to be hired at Oasis Digital as a software developer? I believe our process is solid, realistic, and strikes a good balance between speed and depth. Yet merely knowing what the process is, isn’t some great competitive advantage, there’s no reason to keep it secret. Good results flow from […]

Software Demonstration and Project Status: Use Video

At Oasis Digital, custom software projects work at various cadences: weekly, biweekly, or sometimes in variable-length cycles. Regardless, at each interval or milestone it’s important to deliver a comprehensive demonstration and status update for our project customer. Live demonstrations considered harmful Unfortunately, the most obvious way to deliver demos and status updates does not work […]

Leaders vs. Entropy


The other day my wife made a funny word association looking at our company’s timesheets. She commented that the category “Misc Management” looked an awful lot like “Mismanagement”. This got me thinking. I should clarify that what I am writing has nothing to do with that particular use of Misc Management, it is an appropriate […]

Crafting a Summer Intern Program

Inspired by Fog Creek’s summer intern program, for the last few years we’ve (occasionally) thought about a summer intern program at Oasis Digital. We’ll going to try it out this summer, with a single intern; a more substantial program is possible in the future. Serious Work When some people hear (or say) the word intern, […]

Shared-Risk Pricing for Custom Software Development

In any custom software development project, there are well-known risks: The scope may be underestimated at the start. The scope may increase over time (not always a bad thing – often a client discovers that additional functionality would deliver additional business value). The development firm may be unable to deliver any working solution at all. The project may take more time than […]