March 2nd, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (5 min read)

dev.life – Interview with Salvatore Sanfilippo

redis_smallIn dev.life, we chat with developers about their passion for programming: how they got into it, what they like to work on and how.
 
Today’s guest is Salvatore Sanfilippo, an Open-Source Software Developer at Pivotal, better known as the creator of Redis, the popular data structure server.


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February 27th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (10 min read)

A Developer’s Guide to Growth Hacking – Tech Talk

A Developer's Guide to Growth HackingGiven the media hype that surrounds the term ‘Growth Hacking’, you can be forgiven for dismissing the whole thing as another marketing buzzword. But what can get lost in the hubbub are some useful, development-inspired, working practices that can help a team focus on maximizing growth.
 
In this Tech Talk, Rob Sobers, Director of Inbound Marketing at Varonis, tells you all you need to know about Growth Hacking.

February 26th, 2015 by Derrick Miller (3 min read)

4 Steps to Onboarding a New Support Team Hire

newSupportHire (1)At Fog Creek, every now and then the Support team has the pleasure of onboarding a new member.
 
It’s a key milestone for your new hire’s long-term success and the process should be repeatable and reusable. Here’s ours.



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February 25th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (7 min read)

Help Work to Flow – Interview with Sam Laing and Karen Greaves

Sam Laing and Karen Greaves - Help Work to FlowWe’ve interviewed Sam Laing and Karen Greaves, Agile coaches and trainers at Growing Agile, in Cape Town, South Africa. Together they wrote ‘Help Work to Flow’, a book with more than 30 tips, techniques and games to improve your productivity.
 
We cover how software developers can improve their productivity and manage interruptions, why feedback and visible progress are important to staying motivated and how teams can hold better meetings.

February 24th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (3 min read)

Why Your Retrospectives Have Become Unproductive

retrospective (1)Retrospectives provide teams with an opportunity to reflect. They’re an opportunity to discuss what is working, and what isn’t, with the goal of iterative improvement. Yet, often this isn’t the case – retrospectives break down, become unproductive or just don’t happen at all.
 
Here are 3 core failings with retrospectives, along with potential causes and remedies.

February 23rd, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (4 min read)

dev.life – Interview with Jared Parsons

floppy_driveIn dev.life, we chat with developers about their passion for programming: how they got into it, what they like to work on and how.
 
Today’s guest is Jared Parsons, Principal Developer on the C# Language Team at Microsoft.

February 20th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (10 min read)

Intro to Electronics – Tech Talk

Resistor (1)In this Tech Talk, Lou, a Support Engineer here at Fog Creek who runs our internal weekly Maker Space meet-up, gives an introduction to Electronics. He explains how electronic components like resistors, capacitors, diodes and switches work, along with key laws like Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Voltage and Current Laws and how series and parallel circuits differ.

February 18th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (12 min read)

Becoming a Tech Lead – Interview with Pat Kua

Becoming a Tech LeadIn this interview with Pat Kua, Principal Consultant and Tech Lead for Thoughtworks, we discuss becoming a Tech Lead and the challenges faced by those new to the role.
 
We cover common issues faced by Tech Leads, the nature of the Tech Lead role, why he thinks Tech Leads should spend at least 30% of their time coding, and how to find the time to do so!

February 17th, 2015 by Derrick Miller (5 min read)

How Our Support Team Share Knowledge Using FogBugz

wiki_search2The nature of Support is fast-paced. There is always a constant flow of knowledge – from archival knowledge to the streaming updates of issues and features.
 
Staying abreast of this information is difficult, but our Support team stays on top of it all with FogBugz, and it’s search, wikis & cases, auto-subscriptions, shared filters, and subcases. We’ve broken down how we use each of these features to help share knowledge here at Fog Creek.

February 16th, 2015 by Gareth Wilson (4 min read)

dev.life – Interview with Brian Bondy

floppy_driveIn dev.life, we chat with developers about their passion for programming: how they got into it, what they like to work on and how.
 
Today’s guest is Brian Bondy, Senior Software Engineer at Khan Academy and lifelong Mozillian.


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