When working in agile development teams or web agencies, you are probably always on the look-out for new and better productivity tools. Pivotal Tracker might be one of these tools which can help you become a better and faster team.

In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know when getting started with Pivotal Tracker. You will also find some useful tips & tricks on how to get more out of your Pivotal Tracker projects.

The last months were spent by the Usersnap team on building an all new Usersnap Dashboard with so-called Personal Lists which are announced today.

We’re super proud what the whole team achieved and like to show you some insights on building it.

The new Personal Lists will not only help you to be faster in your daily work with Usersnap. It’s the most personal Usersnap product update, ever.

With personal lists, bulk actions, an optimized search and many more improvements, we re-build the dashboard, making it easier for you to get more out of it.

Check out how to activate the new Usersnap dashboard and how to create personal lists.

With all these emerging new devices – from mobile devices, to wearables, to VR, to smart devices – having a proper bug reporting workflow in place becomes quite a challenge.

Building web applications in particular might seem quite painful due to the different screen sizes of the used devices. It can even be worse than testing native apps for the Android ecosystem.

In this post, I’d like to show you different ways of setting up your bug reporting workflow. Including manual, automated and crowd-sourced workflows.

This article is brought to you by Usersnap, a bug tracker and feedback tool that helps you to communicate visually. Get a 15-day free trial here.

When you’re starting out, going to university or starting to work in your first full-time job, you feel like you can handle anything. You want to be a good developer, so you want to go full stack.

What’s that exactly? Well, bring together all the books relevant to information technology and bundle them together. That tower of information is what you’d call a full stack 😉

So, once you realize that, ambitious as you are, you know deep down that it’s probably a pipe dream. Or is it?

User feedback and testing probably isn’t a high priority for you when working on your new landing page or web application. But it’s something you should take into consideration before heading in the wrong direction with your newly launched landing page.

Collecting & managing feedback or user complaints on website issues doesn’t always require the use of a large bug tracking or feedback system. For many (especially) small- and medium-sized companies, on-site feedback widgets are sufficient.

So stop being lazy with ad-hoc feedback from colleagues and customers.

There are various frameworks, methodologies, and standards for building websites and web applications. No matter which ones you’re following, you will always somehow end up in the browser and therefore with JavaScript.

With tracking.js, the browser got even more powerful. Here’s our first review of tracking.js and why JavaScript is on the winning team.

With the rise of cheap VPS (Virtual Private Server) services and the increase of complexity in the architecture of new web applications, deployment processes are becoming a very important topic and a skill to master to some extent.

Long gone the days when we just needed a cheap hosting service and an FTP access to be able to setup and update our static websites.

Furthermore, it is worth considering that software development has become a lot more collaborative thanks to tools like Git and services like GitHub and therefore people are getting used to the benefits of versioning. This brought in the idea of being able to keep our deploys versioned as well and to be able to roll back to a previous version easily in case a new deploy ends up to break something.

In this article, we will learn how to set up a VPS (or a test virtual machine) to serve a static website with Nginx and how to create a simple yet effective deployment process to keep our website updated. Of course we will take care of integrating versioning and rollbacks in the process.

I am assuming you already have a basic knowledge of Bash, Git, SSH, and Ubuntu but I will try to make things as clear as possible so that, even if you are a newbie, you should be able to understand and follow the tutorial.

Also, you will need to have Git and NodeJs installed on your local machine.

For a lot of people around the world, the end of August signals summer’s last glorious hurrah and the impending arrival of another important day: Autumn and the first day of work.

Over the last weeks, the Usersnap team asked some bright friends to collect and curate the “Best of Summer 2015”. From new tools to software updates, to interesting blog posts and web development news, this collection covers the latest web development and design trends of this summer.

We also included an overview of some fantastic tools and software that got major upgrades that we think are worth to give them a try. Think of it as a transition guide from beach-to-office. Let’s get started, get back to productivity mode.

Smartphones seem to have taken over desktop computers in terms of usage. The number of smartphone users has increased tremendously in the last few years and by 2016, there will be more than 2 billion smartphone users. In addition, half of the internet’s usage comes from mobile devices.

This development affects also web design for some years. InVision recently stated in one of their blog posts:

“Responsive Design is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.”

Especially when it comes to testing, mobile website testing still is in its child’s shoes and developers face a hard time getting the best result out of their work.

In this blog post we are going to show how to set up the perfect mobile website testing workflow and how to easily conduct browser tests for mobile.

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