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Development teams work at top speed, and the environment in which they work is demanding and complex. Software is no longer considered done until it’s shipped, and there’s been a tendency to view shipped software as preferable to perfect software. These philosophies, created in large part by agile and lean methodologies, celebrate deployments and meeting ......

A couple years ago, I accepted a position as the “director of digital” at a small marketing firm. And yes, there was still a divide between digital and traditional work there. I was mostly hired for my strategy capabilities and my successes with analyzing digital web properties and finding areas for growth. The title was just that, a title, as I had ......

As we inject more new technology into our everyday lives, software development continues to be one of the most popular and fastest growing job fields. But have you ever really thought about the core essence of a developer’s work?Software developers tend to think and work only inside the tasks they are assigned to. If they are to write a code on a specific ......

From the beginning, it became clear that Kanbanize would need more than just cool perks and a nice office to build a dream team equipped to deal with the challenges of a growing startup. A productive and healthy company culture is not something that will happen on its own—you have to build it. Negative culture, though, somehow does evolve on its own, ......

I can’t tell you how many companies I’ve seen, of all sizes, who start out with an innovative mission to change the world. They acquire a budget, rally a team together, and get to work for months or years with a grand vision. As time goes on, the scope of the project evolves and grows as complex designs are handed to software engineers from on high. ......

here’s quite a bit of press paid to the quirky perks of startup offices. From ping pong tables to beer kegs to pet-friendly work spaces, sometimes it seems like offices are more into having fun than getting work done. But employees who are healthy and appreciated are going to be more inspired, more creative, and more productive.In order to stay ahead ......

We have a great developer team. We make software. We also invest a lot of time and energy in ensuring that the work we do is excellent. It goes without saying then that our development team is a crucial part of our business.As a team, how we work gets just as much attention as the work we do.This mindset recently played an integral role when we rebranded ......

Culture. Of all the overloaded, over-used, buzzword-bingo, five dollar corporate-jingoistic catchphrases of leadership jargon out there, are there any that are more hyped yet seemingly less tangible than this one? Developer teams are not immune cultural risks and benefits.“They offer catered lunches, free snacks, a kegerator, and foosball!” Don’t get ......

You will be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy or engage with video games in this modern age. From mobile apps, Facebook games, to everyday gamification, we are always at play. Developer turned founder, Stephen Foster, found his success in the gaming world by creating a way to help others learn to code. ThoughtSTEM was created to help people, ......

John Negron, Founder / Be a DoerThe path from developer to founder takes people on many different paths. In the process of creating a non-profit volunteer pipeline and event management platform, Be a Doer founder John Negron discovered his experience to be a lot harder than expected. Negron grew up in an immigrant family with not much initial interest ......

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