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5 Biggest Challenges The DevOps Face in 2019

DevOps is a new movement that’s rapidly spreading through the technological community. While many might think it’s just a buzzword, It is really much more than that. By definition, DevOps is also known as “agile infrastructure” and it’s a cross-disciplinary community of practice which aims to optimize systems at scale. 

That might sound a bit complicated, but it’s much simpler than it sounds. Basically, it’s the practice of operations and development teams working together to speed up the development process and beyond. It’s a way to create more effectively, so it’s done a world of good for companies who need to focus on producing more products at a rapid pace.

However, it isn’t without its challenges. There are a number of roadblocks preventing DevOps businesses from finding success, and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about in this guide. Once you know the 5 biggest challenges, you’ll also be equipped to overcome those challenges.

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25 Digital Marketing Tools for Digital Agencies in 2019

It doesn’t matter if you are a solopreneur digital marketer, a freelancer or work in a huge digital marketing agency.

Digital marketing tools are a way to gain a competitive edge.

We put together a list of 25 tools that will help you to satisfy your customers, automate repetitive tasks and give you a better insight into how users are interacting with your customers’ product. Continue Reading “25 Digital Marketing Tools for Digital Agencies in 2019”

People code future: The WeAreDevelopers Conference 2018

“Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” – Steve Wozniak

The WeAreDevelopers conference that is taking place in Vienna right now is a world congress for developers. It’s lovingly called the “Woodstock for Developers” and this year, 8000 techies from 70 countries are roaming the conference (and the city) from May 16th to 18th.

We’re excited to tell you what has happened so far  ?

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How to Use Design Thinking Principles for Your Dev Project

In 2009, Tim Brown published his now famous book “Change by Design”. His idea: Design strategies and techniques can be used at every level of business. In 2018, Design Thinking has become a methodology and is used for innovative activities by project teams around the world.

We explore: How can design thinking help you when you are building new products? What strategies can you use? And how can you integrate Design Thinking into agile software development?

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Sprint: How to test new ideas with your dev team

Jake Knapp’s sprint concept and his book “Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in just Five Days” are used in teams all over the world and has become a staple in agile process management. The idea is to explore new ideas, prototype, and get new things off the ground in a limited time and without making huge investments.

We take a look at Jake Knapp’s famous sprint concept and take you through his design of a sprint week, from planning to prototyping and testing.

Ready for a sprint? 🙂

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What your dev team can learn from Greg McKeown’s principle of essentialism

Everyone wants to get more done in less time. However, that is not what Greg McKeown’s New York Times bestseller book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” is about. It is rather a book about getting the right things done and focusing on the things that are essential while eliminating the clutter.

In the last few weeks, we covered productivity and communication topics here on our blog and asked how they can be applied to working together with your dev team.

In this article, we want to take a look at the tipsMcKeown’s is suggesting and ask how they can work when you are building digital products with your dev team.

Happy reading!

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4 reasons why you should integrate visual communication into your workflow

Our communication is becoming more visual every day. We send emojis, gifs, pictures. We Instagram, Snapchat, or use the latest Facebook Filters to add some visual elements to our video chats. Visual communication is everywhere – and it’s faster, more effective, and fun.

Business communication is not exempt from integrating visual elements and giving everyone more and more opportunities to communicate visually. From Trello boards to Basecamp organization to our very own Usersnap (a visual communication tool for web developers – check it out!) visual communication is everywhere!

Why should you care? And why should you make sure to integrate visual communication into your daily work? We have 4 reasons for you to make you love visual communication even more!?
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Is your dev team lost in communication?

Communication is a key strength that is required no matter what you do for a living. Since tech companies have defined the “team” as the basic unit of an organization, communication skills take on a new significance.

However, not every developer possesses the same skills, when it comes to communicating ideas, exchanging feedback, and articulating thoughts on a new product update or feature.

In this article, we are looking at ways to improve communication for your dev team and show how visual communication can help you not only communicate faster and more effectively, but also in a way that’s fun. Continue Reading “Is your dev team lost in communication?”

7 Easy Steps to Motivate Your Dev Team to Go the Last Mile

Everyone knows about the 80/20 rule. Here’s how Richard Koch defines it in his book “The 80/20 principle”:

“The 80/20 Principle asserts that a minority of causes, inputs, or effort usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards. Taken literally, this means that, for example, 80 percent of what you achieve in your job comes from 20 percent of the time spent.”

In his book, Koch illustrates in which areas the 80/20 principle holds true and how to use it to optimize work.

However, you might think that in our highly competitive world, achieving 80 percent is not enough. Sometimes, it seems that with growing customer expectations, giving 100 percent is just barely okay.

So how can you motivate your product team to go the last mile? How do you instill a culture of curiosity and learning?

Or in other words: What does it take, to make your team go the last 20 percent?

Here are our 7 practical approaches.

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