Training Engineering Managers: This Is The Way to Keep Growing

// // by Fanni Karolina Tóth

Recruiting experienced software engineering managers is a tough job, and you can't possibly keep up the pace during rapid growth. You should start training engineering managers on top of hiring, homegrown talent often works out better in the long run. But training software developers to become engineering managers is far from trivial. We interviewed Matt Greenberg to learn how he handles this challenge.

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Scaling Culture: Retain Your Developer Team’s Soul During Fast Growth

// // by Gábor Zöld

Scaling developer teams is a massive challenge in the industry, just as scaling companies in general. The key to it is scaling your culture the right way as your team grows. Here we'll show you how to do it through real life examples.

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Psychological Safety: The Foundation to Build Your Team’s Success

// // by Fanni Karolina Tóth

Sometimes, teamwork gets tiring, communication gets weird, fresh ideas are rare and far between, and people are more likely to jump down each other’s throats. Sound familiar? Building psychological safety could help you fix all that. We interviewed Dan Rummel, Senior Director of Engineering at One Medical on this topic. (Podcast + blog post inside)

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Scaling Developer Teams: Know-How From Amazon, Facebook and Intercom - Interview with Rich Archbold

// // by Fanni Karolina Tóth

Software companies often grow quickly, which means developer teams often suffer to manage scaling at the pace of growth and necessary workload. We sat down with Rich Archbold to pick his brain on how they scaled developer teams at Amazon, Facebook and Intercom.

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Mentoring Developers: Best Practices From Uber - Interview With Gergely Orosz

// // by Fanni Karolina Tóth

Senior developers are in high demand, so mentoring developers to get there as quickly as possible is extremely valuable, yet mentoring is highly underutilized in software development. We sat down with Gergely Orosz, Engineering Manager at Uber to learn from his experience on mentoring developers.

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Developer Burnout: How Can a Manager Spot It and Stop It

// // by Gábor Zöld

Developer burnout is real killer problem. It kills projects, companies and careers. So we put together a list of the signs you can catch, the reasons you should be looking at, and the things you can do to counter developer burnout. All actionable tips based on real-life experience.

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Managing Platform Teams: How to Structure and Run a Great Platform Team – Interview with Karen Cohen

// // by Tamás Török

Even today, there aren’t many companies with their own platform teams. Usually only the big ones have them, so there's little know-how going around in the industry. Wix.com is one such company with a great platform team and hundreds of developers. We interviewed Karen Cohen, Wix.com’s engineering manager in the platform team. She has loads of experience, and it’s not as good as gold; it’s a lot better.

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Developer Recruitment Process: Top Tips to Get Top Talent

// // by Gábor Zöld

Recruiting developers is a key to success in software development right now, so we checked in with successful industry experts, looked at our own experience and put together a comprehensive guide of actionable tips on the recruitment process.

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Managing Remote Developer Teams: How Buffer Set the Gold Standard - Interview with Katie Womersley

// // by Tamás Török

Learn the best practices of running a remote developer team from one of the best in the industry: Katie Womersley VP of Engineering at Buffer. She went into details on all the challenges and being successful with remote teams, as one of the pioneers of remote development.

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How to Order IT Projects Like a Boss

// // by Máté Wohlmuth

Learn the best practices for outsourcing software development: the invaluable experience of a CEO running a development agency will save you a tremendous amount of time and extra work.

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Developer Motivation: 5 Tips to Retain a Keeper Developer in 2019

// // by Lelle Buzas

You think you hit the jackpot with your new IT talents? Be prepared: keeping developers around and motivated will be harder than the search process was. Developer motivation is key, so here are a few tips to keep them attached (hint: high fluctuation is likely on you).

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Engineering Team Management: A Proactive Approach to Retain Developers

// // by Tamás Török

In our series, we do interviews with tech leaders covering a broad set of topics from hiring, retaining developers, measuring performance, sharing knowledge and forming a great team culture.

Our intention is to provide detailed, actionable case studies on how other tech leaders manage teams so the rest of us can learn from them.

In this post we did an interview with Gregory Larson. Greg is the head of technology at Divvy, and we have compressed an insane amount of knowledge into this post.

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Software Development Trends 2019: Latest Research and Data

// // by Tamás Török

Software development evolves super-fast. A tool or framework used today might be obsolete tomorrow. Our intention is to take a snapshot of the industry, track how it evolved in the past and make an educated guess as to where it’s heading. This year’s report will give you the data you need to benchmark your activities against other survey participants, get some insights to further improve your developer team and keep up with the rapidly changing industry.

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How Prototyping Aligns Your Team and Leads to Successful Software Projects

// // by Dave Kearney

Inconsistent UI components, bugginess, lack of clarity and costly time lost through miscommunicated requirements all pile up to leave the project in disarray. It’s a horrible place to be and a horrible place to get out of. But what has this got to do with prototyping?

Prototyping forces your team to think before it acts. It creates a shared vision for the eventual success your project will become. Let’s dive a little deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of building a prototype.

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Software Development Outsourcing in 2019: A Modern Approach

// // by Tamás Török

In this post, I show you how a modern software outsourcing company like Coding Sans works to increase trust and deliver on the promise. This post also provides some actionable tips you can apply anytime when you outsource software development.

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Build Faster with Agile App Development: 3 Case Studies Compared

// // by Wendy Dessler

You know how agile works. You understand why it’s so successful. But, how does it work in real life? How do real-world businesses go from a completely different method—or no clear method at all—to agile without losing excessive time, money, and patience? In this post, we examine 3 distinct, real-life case studies of agile integration in agile app development to see the trials and tribulations play out for themselves. There’s something you can learn from their difficulties as well as their dedication to the method. 

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The Agile Way to Use Kanban in Software Development

// // by Shanie Weissman

The best way to direct and manage tasks across your software delivery system is to keep a close eye on workflow via a designated, centralized release management system. However, it often seems that regardless of the methodology you choose, or how carefully you monitor workflows, it is hard to predict the duration of individual tasks. Neglecting to properly steer resources can lead to bottlenecks, causing delays to downstream tasks and impacting delivery schedule. In this blogpost, we introduce you to Kanbanflow for effective, Kanban-based portfolio and project management.

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How to Choose the Best Features for Your MVP

// // by Angela Beklemysheva

Have you ever felt at a loss about which features to include in your minimum viable product (MVP)? Have you ever wanted to build a strategy to help you choose the perfect features for your minimal viable product? The lean startup methodology can help you figure out what minimum viable product development should look like. If you can find and hire good software developers, they can help you figure out what features to include even faster.

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Making Microservices Work: Why the Developer Experience Matters

// // by Will Ezell

A microservice architecture can help developers build, manage, and scale services more efficiently. It’s an architecture that’s ideal in a world where new devices, touchpoints, and consumer trends are emerging faster than ever before, which is why big brands like Netflix and Amazon are all leveraging microservices.

But adopting microservices brings about a cultural shift that can deeply impact the developer experience, either positively or negatively. 

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5 Questions to Ask Your Offshore Software Development Agency

// // by Srdjan Sukara

Hiring an offshore software development agency to build your idea, trusting them with tens of thousands of dollars and putting your reputation on the line seems like a hard decision to make. 

Picking a good outsourcing company can be really tricky. I've heard fifty different stories about how people got burned. Communication that is not set properly, unclear project expectations and bad guidelines make it difficult for both sides. 

You assume the company you found has good intentions to build your product or service, but what if they are just there to take your money and pretend to do something? It's crucial that we do our homework and ask proper questions when choosing the right partner to create a win-win situation for both sides. 

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Lack of Motivation Could Kill Your Software Team. Here's How to Fix It!

// // by Tyler Hakes

When it comes to software development, we talk a lot about the “hard” skills. Raw talent, individual intelligence, knowledge of frameworks and libraries. We all know these are important. But we often forget about the role of “soft” skills. At the end of the day, every software developer is human. (At least, for now.) As humans, we are driven and affected by more than just our abilities and IQ. Psychological and human elements play a huge role in the ability of a developer to do their job. One of the biggest factors is how individuals on a team feel about the work they’re doing. Do they feel invested and energized? Or are they just there to punch the clock and collect their paycheck?

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The Dangers of Scaling Development Processes Before They’re Defined

// // by Adam Henshall

Processes help us determine the best ways to do things and then make sure we repeat that approach again and again and again. This makes it easier to achieve success, find problems in current approaches, and to add new people to your teams. 

Having clearly defined and well documented processes means the training and onboarding of new developers don’t need to be so micromanaged and can bring fresh developers up to the point of creating value for the business even faster.

But when is a team ready to add new members? When and how do we add people into this process in a way they can contribute? 

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How this Fast-growing Tech Company Manages Developers

// // by Tamás Török

It’s a huge challenge keeping and growing an engineering team. You need to take care of hiring, figure out how to retain developers as long as possible in the team and also figure out the work process and making sure the new developer managers are ready to take responsibility for their teams. In pursuit of uncovering good practices, we started a blog post series, featuring cool tech companies. Our intention wasn’t to find the ultimate silver bullet for every kind of organizational problems but to provide small case studies you can learn from. This case study is about a fast growing medium-sized tech company called Alpha.

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Anatomy of a High-performing Developer Team

// // by Tamás Török

What makes a high-performing developer team different from a low-performing one?

In this post, we extracted actionable insights from the State of Software Development 2018 report to reveal some cool stats about high-performing teams.

You will see how top teams attract, hire and retain talents and by what standards they measure performance. In some cases, the difference between high- and low-performing teams is also highlighted.

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How Tech Companies Motivate Developers to Join and Stay at Their Company

// // by Tamás Török

There is huge competition for talented developers. As a developer or tech lead, you have probably experienced this by receiving countless offers through LinkedIn or personal recommendations. Hiring new developers is hard. There aren’t enough developers on the market, and you’re competing for talent with big tech companies such as Facebook and Google who have much bigger resources.

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Software Development Trends 2018: Research and Data

// // by Tamás Török

Software development evolves super-fast. A tool or framework used today might be obsolete tomorrow. Our intention is to take a snapshot of the industry, track how it evolved in the past and make an educated guess as to where it’s heading. This year’s report will give you the data you need to benchmark your activities against other survey participants, get some insights to further improve your developer team and keep up with the rapidly changing industry.

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Developer Team Performance: Why Your Team Slows Down and What to do About It

// // by Tamás Török

There are many different things that could slow down your team and eventually lead to missed deadlines and expectations.

It happens quite often.

But this shouldn't happen.

In this post, we will uncover the main things that can slow down your team and provide some hands-on tips to address these issues.

Our intention is to help you structure the problem and uncover different internal and external factors that could impact your team’s productivity.

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Team Productivity: 9 Ways to Improve Developers Productivity

// // by Tamás Török

It’s really challenging to stay productive individually in today’s environment, and the same applies to team productivity. How do you help your team get more things done while team productivity is constantly challenged? You not only need tools but rather a complex system that allows your developers to get the most out of their days and eventually, as a team, to reach their goals. This post is here to help you significantly improve your developers’ productivity.

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Want a High-Performing Developer Team? Scrap the Annual Performance Reviews

// // by Tamás Török

Performance management is broken.

Today’s widespread ranking- and ratings-based performance management is damaging employee engagement, alienating high performers, and costing managers valuable time.

But, this post will show you how to fix it.

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4 Effective Knowledge Transfer Methods for Software Teams

// // by Tamás Török

We all know knowledge transfer is key to building a kickass software developer team, but among many pressing issues, knowledge transfer is one of the first things that will be put aside when a burning deadline is approaching. But, the problem still stays here: knowledge is unevenly available in your team. In this blog post, we show you the most effective knowledge transfer methods for software teams.

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Is Hiring Developers a Challenge? Here is How Tech Companies Came Over It

// // by Tamás Török

Hiring great software developers is a huge challenge. Actually, this is the biggest challenge (tech) companies are facing, according to the State of Software Development 2017 report. The report also uncovered the most efficient ways tech leaders are using to overcome the hiring challenge. This post features the most popular 4, offering some tips you can use to get developers on board.

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A Scientific Way to Prioritize Software Development Requirements

// // by Tamás Török

Requirement prioritization is one of the biggest challenges a software team faces. Actually, 25% of tech leaders said prioritizing software development is their biggest challenge. It turns out there are many different ways a software development team can do it. Each requirement prioritization decision should be influenced by customer needs, always following the business’s needs. From this post you will learn a hypothesis-driven way to prioritize software development.

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10+ Startup Tech Leaders Reveal How They Prioritise Software Development

// // by Tamás Török

One of the biggest challenges startup tech leaders are facing is prioritising software development. In fact, 25% of the respondents said this is their biggest challenge, according to the State of Software Development report. We decided to ask more than 10 tech leaders (mostly CTOs) about the practices they use to prioritise software development. The goal of this post isn’t to select one best way but rather to show different approaches you can select from or gain inspiration from as you come up with your own method. If prioritising software development is a challenge you’re facing then this post is for you.

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7 Things You Need to Do Before Building an App

// // by Tamás Török

Building an app is a pretty exciting thing. It’s tempting to just jump on it and start creating it. Well, no matter how tempting it is, slow down a bit. You need to be clear about these basic things before you start building your app. You don’t want to build something no one wants to use, right? Which is why it requires some planning, validation and prioritisation before you even start coding. In this post, we put together 7 things that you should do before coding your app.

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App Engagement: How to Create Habit-Forming Apps

// // by Tamás Török

We all want to create an app people love to use, and it’s really heartbreaking when you build something and no one cares about it. The biggest challenge is not building your app and getting new users. The challenge is to keep them engaged and coming back. App engagement is the key. 

This is why we should start with user engagement and retention. In this post, we created a guide that will help you increase app engagement no matter if it’s mobile or web app.

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How to Minimize Risks in Software Outsourcing

// // by Tamás Török

We all have heard horror stories about software outsourcing involving stealing ideas, delivering crappy quality, misdelivering product and broken dreams. Some horror stories usually distort the picture, but indeed, there is a level of truth to them. The good thing is most of these horror stories could have been avoided by careful outsourcing partner selection, better work and collaboration coordination. We identified potential risks you can face when planning to outsource software development and actionable tips on how to handle them.

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The Ultimate Guide for Creating Kickass User Stories (With Templates)

// // by Tamás Török

When you’re creating any kind of application, you need to clearly define who the users are and what they can actually do with your app.The reason is quite simple: project stakeholders need to understand the project from the user point of view. User stories are pretty great for that. In this post, we put together the most important things you need to know about user stories.

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5 Reasons Software Developers and Pro Footballers are Similar

// // by Tamás Török

It seems weird but from some aspects, there are similarities between footballers and software developers. These aren’t external similarities (that would be a different topic) but there are similarities in the way each profession needs to approach their work and team management. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who needs to build a software developer team or if you are a one-man-army software developer. This article provides some tips on how to take care of yourself or your team.

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10 Essential Tools for Offshore Software Development

// // by Tamás Török

Continuous communication and transparency are the keys to make offshore software development work for you. These determine the quality of the work and make sure that the product will be delivered according to the expectations. In this post we collected 10 essential tools that will make the difference when you start working with a remote or offshore team.

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3 Steps to Ensure Code Quality in Offshore Software Development

// // by Tamás Török

I’m sure you agree with me that when we are about to work with an offshore software development company, code quality is something we typically worry about. When working with an external software development company you need to use similar methods to ensure code quality when working with an in-house team. Keep reading and you will see how to avoid misdelivery and ensure code quality.

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Ultimate Guide for Offshore Software Development

// // by Tamás Török

We’re bringing a fresh, transparent approach to software outsourcing. With this guide, you will see the whole process of offshore software development and learn how to use best practices to filter out frauds, reduce potential risks and eventually make it work for you. If you’re looking for an offshore software development team, this guide is for you.

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