Posts Tagged Under: Our Process

Avoiding Ambiguity

Last October, Prime Minister Theresa May caused quite a stir in Parliament when she bravely announced to the world that her Brexit deal was “95 percent complete.” The widespread confusion, however, was wholly understandable. After all, with two years of negotiations behind her, what exactly did that mean? To anyone but her cabinet ministers and EU negotiators, of course, it was simply impossible to know.

The same, however, could easily take place in software development. If we told you that your project was 99 percent complete, however would you know that that pesky last percentage point wouldn’t take twice as long to finalise as the other 99 together? Again, an impossibility. For this reason, in order to avoid all potential ambiguity, Software Planet Group will always steer clear of percentages. Instead, we make use of hours, velocity and complexity points.

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Why We Work with Full-Stack Developers

The “one expert per technology” mindset is as culturally pervasive as it is clearly detrimental, yet its origin is actually understandable. After all, if you have a heart condition, you go see a cardiologist, if your child has a high fever, you’ll likely take him to the paediatrician. General practitioners, on the other hand, are not typically afforded the credit they deserve.

Much in the same way, when it comes to full-stack developers, a lingering myth exists that they are somehow less capable than other software engineers.

For this reason, today we would like to compare narrow expertise and full-stack capabilities and explain why we at Software Planet are significantly more partial to the latter.

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Gamify Your Workplace

While Emily Blunt may have been positively enchanting portraying everyone’s favourite nanny on the big screen last year, who can forget Julie Andrews’ classic words from the 1964 original:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

In that very short sentence, Mary Poppins was able to convey a powerful message of work engagement that as is typical with rebellious children, would go on to be ignored for decades to come. In fact, only now is the true hidden wisdom behind those words being rediscovered today.

This is thanks to gamification.

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Are Copywriters and UX Writers One and the Same?

Though explaining what copywriting is may at times prove challenging in itself — you’d be surprised by how often writers are asked if it has anything to do with an ad about stealing cars — with the recent introduction of UX writers into the scene, making sense of these roles has increasingly become more problematic.

Nevertheless, today, Software Planet would like to shed some light onto the many differences between these important positions, and discover whether or not a single individual at your company may successfully be able to fulfil both roles.

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Prototypes, MVPs and POCs — Steps to Market Readiness

According to a recent study by CB Insights, the #1 reason why startups fail is a lack of market need. This was shown to be the case in approximately 42 percent of all surveyed businesses. The great lesson here, of course, is that as an aspiring entrepreneur, you must always be careful to not put out there something that consumers simply have no appetite for — but how can you be so sure?

Well, if you’re a regular blog reader, you probably know that an MVP, or minimum viable product, is an excellent way to gauge the market readiness of your product, but this is where things can get a little confusing. After all, how does this differ from a prototype, or even a proof of concept (POC)? These terms get thrown around by techy developers all the time, but deciphering what they mean can often be a challenge.

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Our Fail Fast Approach: Turning Failure Into Success

From an early age, we are taught that failure is a bad thing. You should never fail exams, you aim to pass them; you don’t become something in life through a series of floundering events, you work hard to succeed and keep winning.

So when the Agile concept of “failing fast” is met with wide eyes and a spattering of bad publicity, is that really such a surprise? After all, surely we should all be striving towards success, not failure.

To be fair, such an assumption is indeed perfectly logical, yet allow us to reframe the matter by focusing on a case in point: Thomas Edison. You see, before finally succeeding at perfecting his light bulb, it is said that the inventor was first destined to see it fail — not once, not twice, but approximately 1,000 times.

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How to Illustrate Like a Pro

If you’re a regular blog reader, perhaps you’ve taken notice of our periodical illustrations and wondered how your own company could benefit from the same results — after all, man shall not live on software development alone!

So for today’s article, we’re handing the mic over to our incredible graphic designers as they reveal the secrets behind our proven illustration technique.

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How to Hire the Best Developers

The amateur juggler sits nervously at the dimly lit desk, knowing full well that his clumsy, shaking hands might at any moment knock the candle over, and set the whole tent office ablaze. Breathe, he tells himself. Get it together.

Across the table, the circus director looks over at the strapping young man before him and quickly gathers his notes for the standard interview questions.

“Ok, Mr… Beansley, is it?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Can you juggle more than three items at once?” the director asks, patiently scanning the candidate from behind his tiny, round spectacles.

Phew. He won’t have to lie for this one.

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The Cost of Technical Debt

We live in an increasingly debt-driven society.

Think about it. Without a credit history, you are likely to struggle to be accepted for a mortgage or a tenancy agreement, your chances of landing that job you wanted might significantly be reduced, and wonder of wonders, irony of ironies — even a basic credit card could be strictly off the table!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, in many ways, the same holds true for our software systems. While here, debt is never accumulated as a result of borrowing more funds, it does nonetheless still manifest itself by accruing dues of another kind — technical debt, as it is known.

Put simply, the term refers to the implied cost of additional work that is caused by choosing an easy solution now as opposed to taking a better, yet more complicated approach that would likely take much longer to deliver.

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Legacy Code: Rebuilding Working Software

Do you find that in recent times, it’s become increasingly more difficult to support your company’s system? Are you struggling to find developers who can get the job done? Have development rates over the years grown progressively more alarming? You could be relying on outmoded legacy code.

Yes, gloomy though the thought may seem, it doesn’t matter how cutting edge or top of the line your product once was — eventually, it is bound to become outdated and pose far more problems than actual solutions.

This is why it is so vital to approach your legacy systems with a well-informed dosage of both foresight and caution. So to help you in this regard, Software Planet Group would now like to outline below some of the commonest approaches for dealing with this nagging issue.

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