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build//better February 2017 Entries
Is Your Developer Team Designing for a Disaster?
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 release cycle deadlines. But have our standards of working software quality been trumped by the rapid pace of delivery? We may be designing faster, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:38 AM

Architecting a Developer Team Turnaround
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 no direct reports and was only responsible for my own work.Like many people in leadership positions, I found myself there accidentally. After several ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:37 AM

Developer Teams Must Work Differently in the Future
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 project, they only work on the coding process. As the CEO of a software development company that has been in the industry for more than a decade, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:36 AM

Continuous Improvement is Critical for Developer Success
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, often as a result of disengaged management or a lack of effort toward nurturing a good working environment. Of course, even if you have the best of ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:35 AM

Changing the World with Agile and Lean Startup Methods
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. Pressure comes down on the software engineers to pick up the pace, and the scope continues to grow. After all, we’ve waited so long to release this product, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:34 AM

Past the Ping Pong Table for Better Dev Team Culture
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 in this competitive industry, startups need team members who have drive, stamina, and, most importantly, a constant stream of creativity. And it takes ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:33 AM

Inspire Your Developer Team in 5 Simple Ways
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 our company to better align with our values, the way we work, and our thoughts about software.I’ve always regarded my job as a team leader to be ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:33 AM

5 Principles for a Developer Team Culture that Wins
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 me wrong—I like those things! But once you’re in the door and working at a company, what really matters is feeling like you’re part of something special; ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:32 AM

Coded to Teach
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, particularly those under the age of 18, learn to write and develop their own code.A challenge many founders experience is finding a unique sell, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:30 AM

Developing for Change
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 in computers. While working at NASA and starting out in C++, Perl, and the .Net space, Negron was an avid volunteer in his community. During this time, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:29 AM

Repeating the Successes of the Past in a New Mission
Jeff Atwood, Founder / Stack Overflow / Discourse.orgCo-founder / Stack Exchange When you finally reach your goal of a successful product launch, where do you go from there? Do you stick with it or sell it and move on and start the process all over again? Founder of Stack Overflow and co-founder of Stack Exchange, Jeff Atwood, experienced this dilemma after his product “accomplished its goal.” Between blogging and focusing on a new open-source project, Atwood’s experience is a path other developer-turned-founders ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:28 AM

When Your Backup Plan Becomes Your Biggest Success
Steve McConnell, Founder / Construx SoftwareIn this growing age of technology, not everyone who becomes a developer starts out with that as theirgoal. Many start out with a different career or interest, only to find their way into the world of coding. Steve McConnell, founder of Construx Software and author, had this very type of change in his education that led him to where he is now.McConnell originally pursued a degree in Philosophy, with Computer Science as a backup. When it came time to graduate, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:27 AM

The Twist at the Crossroads
Alexis Pratsides Founder / MintTwistThe path from developer to founder is not always through a single app or product. Many developers take the path of putting their code to use for others. Alexis Pratsides, founder of MintTwist, began his coding journey at a direct marketing company and later founded his own full-service agency in 2002.Many developers we talked to noted a key moment of decision. For Alexis, that moment came in the form of a layoff. “I trained as a software engineer and my first job ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:26 AM

The Code that Rocks the Cradle
Life has a funny way of sending you down the path you are destined to travel. For me, this funny way involved two babies, a husband tired of living in the clutter of leftover baby gear, my professional capabilities as a developer and a growing entrepreneurial mindset.I have an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and an MS in Computer Science and Media Arts. I began my career as a Webmaster and Database Administrator. It was trial by fire and taught me to be a lifelong learner as well as the power of ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:26 AM

White Noise & Coding for Success
Todd Moore / Developer of White Noise / Founder of TMSOFTWhen you dream of founding your own company, you probably have a vision in your head of what it looks like. While everyone hopes that they launch the next biggest app, a few lucky developers hit it big, like Todd Moore, developer of White Noise and founder of TMSOFT.Since learning to code at the age of 10, Moore has always been passionate about computer programming. When the original iPhone came out in 2007, he began creating his own apps which ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:22 AM

Fulfilling a Need, Founding a Company
Robert Collazo / Co-founder & CTO / HelpSocialOften, the apps and products we create are born out of necessity, and founders are born from that simple need-based-solution. Robert Collazo, co-founder and CTO of HelpSocial, found himself in this position while working as a system admin. Out of a need for social media management team-based software, HelpSocial was created as a bit of a happy accident.They say that necessity is the mother of innovation, so innovation must then be the father of devs-turned-founders. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:19 AM

It’s The Bugs You Can’t See That Get Hairiest.
Matt Watson / Founder & CEO / StackifyOur fridge at home is always full. This is generally a good thing. The downside is, it’s hard to find stuff in a fridge that’s been packed to survive an apocalypse. When I can’t find something, there’s a chance someone finished it off. However, certain items are simply MIA; some sort of Bermuda Triangle phenomenon. In fact, on a recent snack-finding mission I finally found the leftover carbonara I’d been hunting for weeks. Unfortunately, it now looked more ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:18 AM

Onshore, Offshore, Nearshore. Boon is One Epic Leader.
Boon Lee, Director of KC Dev Con & Dev Manager ExtraordinaireWhat’s better than chatting with a multi-talented, hugely respected development manager like Boon Lee? Seeing his kids’ heads pop up in the video interview. Mini Boon Lee clones. This, my friends, is how we’ll take over the world…Mwahahahaha!!!Anywho. We’re excited to have Boon share some of the tools he uses to keep track of and manage HUGE development teams worldwide. So welcome Boon Lee (our hometown hero) to the hot seat.Best and ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:16 AM

Government clearance and a happy wife. Success.
Brian Madsen, LinkedIn .Net User Group Manager, Microsoft MVP, Blogger, & Consultant at byBrick Development ABYou know when you meet someone and you say to yourself, “this person is my new best friend.” (but not in a creepy way.) Brian Madsen is one of those super genuine, fun and funny guys. He also happens to have a little group on LinkedIn called, Linked.NET Users Group (LIDNUG), where he and around 52,000 of his closest friends talk coding, entrepreneurship and all things .NET. We’re honored ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:13 AM

Developers are saving the world. It’s true. Eric Meyer is proof.
Eric A. Meyer, Technical Consultant, Author, Trainer and Co-founder of An Event ApartWhen he’s not doing things like speaking at An Event Apart (which he co-founded), writing bleeding edge books on front-end development, and helping families heal after tragic loss— he still finds time to talk with us. We are extremely excited and humbled to have his insight in this issue, and he has a bunch of wisdom to share with us.Eric’s Dev Toolbox: Tools should be: Futuristic & Free1. F2Meyer points to the ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:11 AM

devRant Co-Founder Talks Shipping Code & Making Poops Fun
David Fox, Co-Founder & Head of Eng / devRantAfter a day on the developer front line, we all need to blow off steam. Now there’s an app for that. We got to chat with David Fox, co-founder and head of engineering of NYC-based devRant, about the app and the tools he uses to make ranting about bosses, projects and general idiocy user friendly.Does Zuckerberg Still Code?If David could have lunch with any developer, it would be the Zuck himself. “He’s a developer and he founded a successful company ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:11 AM

Paging Dr. Campbell…
The Co-host of .NET Rocks! Opens His Performance Diagnostic Toolbox for us, and for a Good CauseRichard Campbell, Podcast, Dev Con, & Non-profit Rock StarRichard Campbell—veteran developer, podcasting guru, Dev Con master (DEVIntersection!) and philanthropist— is like the Dr. House, M.D. of .NET applications. He’s also a super nice guy. Admitting that he doesn’t get to do a lot of “real work” these days, most of his time is spent speaking, teaching and helping a variety of companies troubleshoot ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:10 AM

To Tool is Human
Matt Watson, Founder & CEO / StackifyIt has been said that tools are what made us human. Our ability to create and use tools allows us to do things that were not imaginablebefore. Software itself has made developers profoundly more productive over the last 50 years. Can you imagine programming with punch cards? Amazingly, some developers still don’t use a debugger while writing code!I’ve always loved developer tools, but I never thought I’d make them. I started Stackify in 2012 after being frustrated ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:08 AM

Building a Culture is Deliberate

Building culture does not happen overnight. As is the case with many startups, before “culture” could even be considered a thing founders Wences Garcia and Jose Miguel Perez had to make sure their first hires were the kind of people they wanted to build their culture around. Without even having defined their culture yet, they decided to focus on two factors—transparency and character—as the foundation for the company’s culture and hiring process.

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2017 2:47 PM

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