App Development

May 04, 2021

Working with microservices and Kubernetes often means solving the same solved problems over and over, without having the time to focus on what really brings value to the business. Garden recently commissioned research to gather insights from software professionals to find out where time is being spent, what tasks often cause frustration, and how this time could be better spent. Some of what we learned reinforced my own experiences but there were some other surprising insights. And when we set out to quantify the impact of time spent on "solved problems" that respondents shared with us, the data was truly eye popping ...

April 01, 2021

Though scrums have proven to be remarkably effective in organizations around the world, they can also contribute to burnout. To retain your best employees and look after the well being of your team, consider the following tips for your next sprint ...

March 15, 2021

Our recent research indicates that 62% of developers spend more than a quarter of their time fulfilling requests to build internal applications. Nearly 75% need to make updates to internal applications at least weekly, while about 70% must make updates to internal tools more than once a week. Two-thirds of the survey group said that work on internal applications delays their developers' efforts on customer-facing products on a daily or weekly basis. That's a big distraction for developers, and it's a lot of work that could be reduced or eliminated ...

March 09, 2021

While we all hope the stresses of 2020 will be quickly put behind us, there are also some solid encouraging signs on the horizon. Looking at Couchbase's annual IT decision makers survey results reveals both the pain and the optimism around development projects ...

February 08, 2021

To provide engineering teams with hard data on how their apps compare to others in the industry, Bugsnag recently announced the results of its new report, Application Stability Index: Are your Apps Healthy? ...

February 02, 2021

What does a high-performing engineering team really look like? It can be hard to know, but diving into the effectiveness of your delivery capabilities can tell you quite a bit. Do deploys require a lot of cross-team coordination? When production breaks, is it a long time before you can get it back up and running? Are you getting feedback and results from your changes quickly? Your team's ability to deliver is a competitive advantage, and industry benchmarks are the only way to get a clear understanding of how your DevOps practices measure up ...

December 02, 2020

Today's distributed workforce, vastly increased due to the global pandemic, is bringing more challenges for software development teams. With extensive remote collaboration, an effective code review process is more important than ever for ensuring long-term quality of the code base — both from a software defect perspective and for readability ...

July 07, 2020

According to New Relic's More Perfect Software Research report, the "leaders" have made far greater progress than their peers in developing more perfect software — 90% of leaders say that developing and deploying more perfect software is a strategic priority ...

May 05, 2020

We are asked to make software purchases based on "business requirements." Often, those "requirements" are vaguely communicated and easily misinterpreted. This is especially true for payment gateways. Now is a good time to discuss these "business requirements" because COVID-19 and the global recession have forced companies to cut costs and double down on ecommerce efforts. I hope that these three considerations can help you get more mileage out of your fintech stack in tough times ...

April 15, 2020

Imagine you are someone with a vision, hearing or cognitive disability who relies on assistive technologies to access content and services. The ability to access personal financial information without blockers is critical for people with disabilities. That's where digital accessibility — making certain a site or app is navigable by users with disabilities — factors into the software development process ...

March 11, 2020

With quality becoming the sole differentiator in delivering superior user experiences, mere shift-left testing is not sufficient. In order to present value to the customers, quality testers are moving away from a quality-driven approach to one driven by software quality engineering ...

March 02, 2020

Digital transformation is all about leveraging technology into all areas of a business, leading to change in the way a business operates. It’s no secret that this idea of digital transformation has taken the world by storm. One of the biggest byproducts of this movement is the SaaS industry. SaaS companies alone generated more than $72 billion in 2018 ...

February 27, 2020

The increasing validation of outsourced application development in the eyes of IT professionals is making it a staple of their application development toolbox. And with the growth of sophisticated cloud-accessible tools, application development service vendors continue to expand their value-added capabilities to further justify IT professionals engaging them ...

February 26, 2020

Today, enterprise users' needs and expectations are fluid and the applications built must accommodate a much wider spectrum of requirements. For organizations to effectively service their customers in this new environment in a differentiated way, they must develop and innovate around digital transformation in three separate yet interconnected areas: expertise, speed and agility ...

February 20, 2020

Value Stream Management (VSM) is still a budding initiative in the software delivery industry but is quickly gaining momentum, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting ...

February 10, 2020

Two of the most daunting questions software engineers often hear are: "when will this be done?" and "how much will this cost?" Project managers and clients need to know these answers, but developers don't usually work in the same way where they can deliver certain answers to those questions. They often provide their best guess to those questions, only for the client to be disappointed when the project runs long or costs more than expected. But there is a better approach to budgeting for product updates: user story mapping and forecasting ...

February 05, 2020

The demand to deliver a consistently positive and innovative customer experience is something that many companies — more specifically, their DevOps teams — are currently grappling with. While the ability to push out multiple features a week may appear as a great accomplishment for DevOps teams, our survey showed that 82% commonly discover bugs in production ...

December 18, 2019

Industry experts offer predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2020. Part 5 covers application development including Low Code and No Code ...

November 20, 2019

Digital accessibility — making sure your website, mobile site and apps are accessible to all users, including people with disabilities — is increasingly a DevOps requirement that can't be ignored ...

November 05, 2019

The benefits of a feature flag rollout are clear to many DevOps teams. The ability to control the gradual release of a feature, and then be able to retract the feature without having to restart the entire release, has made the job of development and operations teams a lot easier ...

October 29, 2019

On reading this year's Accelerate State of DevOps Report 2019, it was easy to make a clear conclusion: the usability of tools affects productivity. This is perhaps not surprising in itself, but the report finds that tool usability, above all else, is a key indicator of performance ...

October 01, 2019

With the speed of innovation ever on the rise, customers expect the latest, greatest features and updates at their fingertips. That means businesses have to ship and deliver more features and products than ever before, faster than before — making it harder for often-overburdened technical teams to keep up with the rapid pace of change as they innovate and execute. With developer resources in high demand, no-code, low-code solutions promise to clear up backlogs and spark innovation by building up a citizen developer workforce ...

September 12, 2019

Only 55% of all product launches take place on schedule, according to the 2019 product manager survey from Gartner ...

July 24, 2019

It’s the big day, and your team is excited to implement the new features on your company’s grocery shopping app. You’ve been working on the code for weeks and ensuring that everything will run smoothly by planning for a canary release. Your stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the feedback and press coverage from the launch of these new features — no pressure ...

June 19, 2019

While you’re still in the planning phase for a new feature, it’s a good idea to also think about how you will release it. This is something often done within the design process ...

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