Category: Leadership

Outside the Box – Outsourcing Your UX Design

Outsourcing is such a dirty word. Unbearable customer service, subpar manufacturing, and corporate downsizing all come to mind when you hear it. But outsourcing has gotten a bad rap. There’s two kinds of outsourcing: outsourcing to drive down costs at the expense of quality (“Hello, yes, hi, thank you for calling Xfinity”), and outsourcing to bring in an expert. We tend to only think of the first example and we seldom realize how often we depend on the latter. Does

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7 habits of highly ineffective developers

While the SitePen team is widely known for its expertise in building JavaScript and TypeScript applications, providing support and training to enterprise teams, and for helping create Dojo and Intern, it also has a fair amount of insight and expertise with helping teams be more effective. Whether it’s Milestone Mayhem or InnerSource or just knowing how to keep software projects running smoothly, we’re often called upon to help organisations be more productive in modernising their approach to building applications. Recently,

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Introducing Milestone Mayhem

Introducing Milestone Mayhem With years of building large scale web apps, we’ve experienced almost everything that goes right and wrong during software development projects. So we created Milestone Mayhem, a card game that reflects the challenges and successes with app development.

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The Lead Developer: Day 2

Day 2 of the Lead Developer Conference continued with a series of excellent talks. Be sure to check out the Day 1 recap if you missed it. Michael Lopp, Slack Michael is the VP of Engineering at Slack and known for Rands in Repose. He gave the talk Leadership. By the Numbers which included a fun series of tips and suggestions to improve as a development lead. Michael explained that you need to say the difficult things, in order to

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The Lead Developer: Day 1

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Lead Developer Conference, a two-day, single-track conference with over 400 development leads from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The event included an excellent array of speakers representing development leads at companies including Slack, Atlassian, ThoughtWorks, Amazon Web Services, GitHub, Shopify, Couchbase, and many other organizations. Overall thoughts Why didn’t anyone think of creating this conference sooner?

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