Getting Real about Production Software

WE DROPPED THE BALL Last week, we got a call from a customer that one of their users had attempted to reset their password and received a “something went wrong” message from their app. Upon investigation, we were horrified to discover that their app had no email service running. Why so horrified? Here was the initial picture of the situation… …

Discovery Session

To Build Or Not To Build?

It is a foregone conclusion that the future of all computing – consumer and enterprise – is mobile. Consumers are busier, move quicker, and expect faster tools to improve their daily activities. Employees are consumers. In both cases, businesses must decide which tools their users require and then move quickly to fill that need, or else risk the likelihood that …

Cab Forward View At CabForward℠

CabForward℠ adopted, from the inset, agile software development practices and lean process controls. Those practices are a very good fit for our philosophy and the way we want customers to feel about being in control of their project. We have had some missteps along the way, as all businesses do, but we always strive for excellence in every engagement. Whether …

Project Management

Project management is one of the greatest challenges for the customer as well as the Strategic Technology Partner selected to do the development. We have experimented with several business tools and processes, and are happy to share some of our findings to date. We can also share that engaging with customers before you have your processes in place can cause …

Website vs Web Application

In a recent conversation with one of our customers, we asked how they came to select us as their Strategic Technology Partner. The answer, reduced to its essence, is that they had to do a lot of legwork to find a competent local developer that could turn their design into a working application at a pace that eased the financial …

1975 American Motors Pacer

Cab Forward Vehicles

In this series of discussions about how we selected the company name CabForward, we’ve looked at the origin of the term, how railroads addressed often horrific conditions experienced in Tunnels and Steam Locomotives, and, in this post, research how this cab-forward principle is being used in automotive applications. American Motors Pacer The first modern mass-produced, U.S. automobile using the cab …

From article "Smoke Deflectors" by Herbert G. Monroe in Railroad Magazine Feb. 1941

Tunnels and Steam Locomotives

In earlier posts about our company name, CabForward℠, and how it was selected to represent how we like to do business, and origin of the term “cab forward,” I touched on the topic of smoke and exhaust from the locomotive being a source of problems for the crew (and passengers in cars behind the engine). Some of our research into …

Origins of the Term Cab Forward

I previously wrote about how our founder, Lance Vaughn, selected the CabForward℠ name for his software development company, and dug a little more deeply into the history of how railroads adopted the term cab forward, which is usually written “cab-forward.” The term actually dates back to the 1800s as far as I have been able to determine. Railroaders, using wood …

Forward Thinking CabForward

The CabForward Name

Why Did We Select The Name CabForward℠? Simply put, it evolved from forward thinking. Here’s how it happened. Our founder, Lance Vaughn, wanted to develop a company that truly puts the customer in control of the development process. Having an extensive consulting background, he had seen close hand the waterfall development process that included the customer in the initial design …

Austin on Rails

Austin On Rails is the original Ruby on Rails user group in Austin, Texas (Founded before Rails went 1.0) and meets on 4th Tuesdays at Capital Factory. Join us this evening as our favorite non-profit, LoneStarRuby, is sponsoring the event, downtown at Capital Factory, as well as the “socialization practice” (free beer) afterwards at B.D. Riley’s. Tonight’s agenda for Austin …