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The Process of Creating Trello – Tech Talk

We thought you’d be interested in hearing this Tech Talk with Justin Gallagher, a former Program Manager here at Fog Creek, now VP Product at Trello, in which he describes the process we went through in creating Trello. He covers the development of the idea and initial prototype, how the team worked within Fog Creek, the benefits of setting out a clear vision for the product and the mistakes we learned from along the way.

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Success and Failure at Fog Creek – Podcast

In this podcast, coinciding with Fog Creek’s 15th Anniversary, we take a look back over the years at the various successes and failures we’ve had at Fog Creek. With Joel Spolsky, Michael Pryor and past and present Creekers, we discuss the early days of Fog Creek and how we recovered from a doomed first product. As well as dealing with technical debt, the missed opportunities we’ve had along the way, and what we’ve learned from them.

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Fog Creek Software Turns 15!

Fog Creek Software turns 15 today. We’re celebrating this week and have created some great content that we hope you’ll find valuable. For now, we have an annotated timeline of the history of Fog Creek. Indulge us in what’s frankly a thinly veiled excuse to break out some old, embarrassing photographs! Enjoy!

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Hiring and Interviewing Developers - Interview with Kerri Miller

We’re Bad at Interviewing Developers (and How to Fix It) – Interview with Kerri Miller

In this interview with Kerri Miller, Lead Software Engineer at LivingSocial, we discuss how to hire and interview developers. We typically don’t get trained on interviewing and we’ve all experienced the haphazard approaches of those new to it – poor organization, repeated questions, fizz-buzz… Kerri tells us how to run interview days, the types of questions to ask, how else we can evaluate candidates and what to do after the interview.

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Testing & QA with FogBugz and TestRail

The ability to integrate many third-party tools has always been a big plus when adding FogBugz to your team’s workflow. You can choose from countless screenshot tools, build systems, crash-reporting services and more, that work with FogBugz.

Today we are taking a look at TestRail’s Test Management integration to help your QA team find and log bugs faster.

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Saving Agile with BDD and Cucumber - Interview with Matt Wynne (1)

Saving Agile with BDD and Cucumber – Interview with Matt Wynne

In this interview with Matt Wynne, Co-founder of Cucumber Ltd. and author of ‘The Cucumber Book’, we discuss Behavior-Driven Development (BDD). We go into the typical problems Agile teams have, and how BDD can help. Including the importance of conversations, automated testing, refactoring and concrete examples. We also discuss common mistakes made by those new to BDD and its drawbacks.

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dev.life – Interview with Mary Rose Cook

In 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 Mary Rose Cook, a Facilitator at the Recurse Center. Passionate about sharing her programming knowledge, she is the creator of Code Lauren, a programming environment for beginners, and Isla, a live-coding interface and programming language for young children. She also wrote Gitlet, an implementation of Git written in JavaScript.

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Secrets Behind Etsy's Remote Working Success - Interview with Brad Greenlee

Secrets Behind Etsy’s Remote Working Success – Interview with Brad Greenlee

In this interview with Brad Greenlee, Senior Software Engineer at Etsy, we talk about remote working. Brad explains how Etsy approaches remote working and makes remote workers feel like first-class citizens. He goes into the tools, processes and culture they have to achieve this. We finish up with common mistakes made by those new to hiring remotes and how remote workers themselves can help improve their effectiveness.

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dev.life – Interview with Chris Fidao

In 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 Chris Fidao, a Software Engineer at UserScape. Chris is the creator of Servers for Hackers, which is a both a book and video series that provides programmers with all they need to know about server administration.

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How to Onboard Software Engineers - Interview with Kate Heddlestone

How to Onboard Software Engineers – Interview with Kate Heddleston

In this interview with Kate Heddleston, an independent Product Engineer, we discuss technical onboarding. We cover why onboarding is important, the essential elements to effectively onboard engineers, the areas you should focus on, who should do it, as well as common mistakes made.

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