It’s The Bugs You Can’t See That Get Hairiest

Matt Watson BuildBetter

Matt Watson / Founder & CEO / Stackify Our 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 …

Developer Team Designing for Disaster

Is Your Developer Team Designing for a Disaster?

Alexandra Altvater BuildBetter

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 …

Architecting a Developer Team Turnaround

Architecting a Developer Team Turnaround

Alexandra Altvater BuildBetter

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 …

Margasoft Team

Developer Teams Must Work Differently in the Future

Alexandra Altvater BuildBetter

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 …

Inspire your developer team to improve your culture and get great work.

Inspire Your Developer Team in 5 Simple Ways

Alexandra Altvater BuildBetter

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 …

A meaningful developer team culture is a winning culture.

5 Principles for a Developer Team Culture that Wins

Alexandra Altvater BuildBetter

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 …

Software Development – A Team Sport

Alexandra Altvater Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

This month we’ve been talking a lot about tools we use for different phases of development. We even wrote a whole eMagazine dedicated to tools and interviewed six power devs to find out what they’re using to build better applications. Download that here if you haven’t.   While tools for writing, troubleshooting and monitoring are critically important, we don’t spend …