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Things We Learned Building a Complex React App

React is a fantastic tool for building frontends. We’ve been using it for small applications for a while, and recently used it for a more complex app. Given the library, and the mass of libraries you’ll use with it, are still brand new, we encountered many architectural and code challenges throughout development which haven’t been solved before.

Dismantling Silos

A silo exists in an organisation when one group within the organisation has differing goals to another. In most organisations there are groups of people that, usually, have an objective to fulfil by an agreed upon date. For example, the Sales team is set a mandate to increase the number of customers of the company by 10% every month, whereas the Support team has internal performance goals, and one of them is to deliver support within a fixed budget.

How to run a successful retrospective

At the end of an iteration it’s good to take some time to reflect as a team to assess what worked, what didn’t work, and what could be improved upon. This can result in future iterations being more efficient and productive, as well as increasing happiness in the team.

The importance of software support and maintenance for all organisations

It’s rare to encounter an organisation where software isn’t an important aspect of their day-to-day operation. Whether it’s a small business with a simple website, an international retailer with an e-commerce store and a Warehouse Management System, or a charity organisation collecting, storing and reporting environmental data, at some point, each of those organisations will need to engage on some level with a piece of software in order to ensure its smooth operation.

Recruiting a tech team

Recruiting the right group of people is one of the most important parts of building a top software delivery team. In this article, we take a look at some things you should consider whilst recruiting, and a few things that you should try to avoid.

Overcoming Common Challenges with Offshore Development

It’s not a particularly well kept secret that there can be challenges organisations face when offshoring software development, both for greenfield builds and for products running in support and maintenance.

How to give your application the support it needs

For many organisations with their own software application, whether it be a website, an internal tool or something else entirely, managing said application can be a source of frustration, particularly in the absence of an internal software team.

Keeping code quality high

Code quality is a term that is often thrown around in the software engineering industry. And like the art of coding itself, it is very subjective and its true meaning will differ depending on an individual, or a team’s beliefs. But at its heart most engineers and teams would agree that good quality code is easy to read, well tested, and maintainable in the long term. But how do we achieve this?

9 Techniques to Support and Improve Software Quality

Most software systems will suffer from a deterioration of quality over time. Codebases become bloated, software is changed to solve problems nobody knew existed when it was initially written, and the cost of change keeps increasing.