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Lean: From Chevy Novas to Mobile Apps

Yesterday John Shook spoke about the origins of Lean and how GM, completely disrupted by Toyota, made an extraordinary pivot turning it’s worst manufacturing facility in Fremont into NUMMI. A facility that has pivoted yet again – it is now owned by Tesla and producing the worlds most advanced vehicles. Toyota’s impact on the auto…

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Preparing for Sencha Touch Production Deployment

Preparing for Sencha Touch Production Deployment

After your long, laborious, and hopefully entertaining adventure developing the next greatest Sencha Touch mobile app, the time has come to release it to the world. Whether you’re releasing your app to the general public or a targeted audience, your needs are different than they were during development phases. Sencha Touch enables you to rapidly…

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Avoid Failure with Agile Product Management

Any type of software development methodology such as Agile or LEAN is just that: a methodology. Implementing that into an effective process for a development team in the real world can often be challenging. This article explores four real world challenges that frequently prevent teams from being effective with Agile: 1. Manage the dependencies between…

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Sencha Cmd Packages

Sencha Cmd Packages

What Are Packages Sencha Cmd 3.1 introduced packages, which are a new way to share code between projects. Perhaps you made an awesome sass theme or a cool Ext JS / Touch extension (such as Deft). You can use a package to share that with the rest of the world. Each package contains all of…

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UXCamp DC 2013 Recap

UXCamp DC 2013 Recap

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor for this year’s MobileUX Camp DC, held September 14 in Washington, DC. Modus staff attending the event included our new Director of UX, Jimmy Chandler, who was also one of the event’s co-organizers. This was our third consecutive year participating in and sponsoring MobileUX Camp DC. Highlights…

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Device Camera Access With Sencha Touch

Device Camera Access With Sencha Touch

In this tutorial I will show you how to access device camera directly from your Sencha Touch 2 application. We will take a picture, resize it and then send it to the server. For this example we are going to use: 1. Rails 3.2.12 as our backend framework 2. Sencha Touch 2.2.1 3. Sencha Cmd…

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Building a custom PhoneGap plugin for iOS

Building a custom PhoneGap plugin for iOS

Many of us are used to developing mobile HTML5 applications with various frameworks and have wanted to dive into hybrid application development. Of those who actually create hybrid mobile HTML5 applications, very few of us actually make full use of this flexible application model. In this blog post, I will walk you through the first…

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Write your own Google Hangouts with HTML5 and WebRTC

Write your own Google Hangouts with HTML5 and WebRTC

Google Hangouts is an easy-to-use video chat service from Google. I happen to like it. You and 9 of your friends can have a live video call, exchange messages, send photos and even share a whiteboard. On the other hand, some people hate it. Perhaps it’s too slow, or the plugin won’t run, or they…

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Bezos buys Wapo

Why Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post

With all the speculation flying around about yesterday’s announcement, I’d thought I’d add a take from the Modus perspective on what may be motivating Mr. Bezos. Just because the light is shining on the theory that this is a ego/hubris play for Bezos, doesn’t mean that’s where you should be looking. There are three key…

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Touch DJ A Sencha Touch DJ App

Touch DJ – A Sencha Touch DJ App

During the DJing with Sencha Touch talk at SenchaCon 2013 we finally unveiled and demonstrated Touch DJ. Overview Touch DJ is a full fledged DJ app. It takes inspiration from existing DJ hardware and desktop DJ software (such as Traktor and Serato Scratch Live). The app implements the following features: Two CDJ-style audio decks Real…

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