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Agile project management is still going strong in 2021, and since it’s a big part of our daily work at Netguru, we try to stay up-to-date with the best tools and techniques out there. Here’s a list we’ve compiled of the best tools for PMs, some of which we use across the company, and some, we think, do a great job in certain circumstances.
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Patryk Kaczmarek is a Senior Developer at Netguru with a rather unconventional background. Today, he supports the mobile development department with his experience and knowledge, and improves the company’s internal processes by unifying and optimising them. A few years ago, though, Patryk didn’t expect to be where he is today. He started out with a passion for construction, not programming. This is the story of how he changed his own life for the better through hard work and determination.
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Though skilled mobile developers are among the most sought-after experts in the IT industry, finding the right job can be challenging even for them, because it’s difficult to spot the best opportunities out there. This is why we want to let you in on our approach to building mobile apps. We’re also going to tell you about some of the projects we’ve worked on – to help potential future team members decide whether they want to join us.
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One of the pillars of modern recruitment strategies is the recent trend to combine the seemingly impossible process automation and the human 2 human candidate experience. This is especially true in IT, where talent pool is shrinking dramatically. From the first contact with a candidate, through the entire recruitment process, a properly designed candidate experience is what lets both sides make a well-informed decision on whether they’ll be a good professional match.
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Ruby on Rails has a lot to offer, especially for web-based projects. It also has top-quality solutions for e-commerce. Sometimes, though, the more popular solution is not the better one, which is why I’d like to convince you that Solidus might be a good Spree alternative. If you’re at all interested in building an e-commerce platform with RoR, this article will be helpful to you.
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Shine is a wonderful mobile app that brings calm and positivity into its users’ lives. The app is like a pep talk in your pocket, always there on the user’s phone, ready to share a daily text to help you deal with everyday stress or play a Shine Talk - a meditative recording on a subject related to wellness and mindfulness. The goal of Shine is to make self-care easier for all. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Jonathan Uy, CTO of Shine, about the company’s origins, vision, values and future plans.
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Machine learning can help businesses to become more competitive  with projective learning models and algorithms to interpret and detect patterns of behavior of the customers. ML can also help make better product recommendations that will enhance cross-selling and maintaining engagement. Moreover, businesses can benefit from applying machine learning solutions to personalize the buyer’s journey. Last but not least, business processes can be improved by automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Read on to learn more on how you can make your business more competitive with machine learning.
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Modern workplaces need character and challenge to attract the best talent. It’s a deceptively simple truth. In the tech sector in particular, employees have high expectations. They aren’t just looking for a job. They’re searching for work that will let them pour their passion into a common goal and put real effort into overcoming challenges. They’re searching for something greater than the sum of its parts, something they will be able to build together with other, similarly ambitious folks. Not so simple, providing that kind of environment. In this article, I’ll list the 9 most important features of a workplace that attracts and motivates people. If you see these 9 characteristics in a potential employer, you can be sure they put real effort into making their team happy.
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We’re happy to announce the launch of our live ebook, Design Process for Pros. It’s an accessible, beautifully designed resource for everyone interested in the professional design process used by Netguru’s team of over 30 product designers. You can grab it here.
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Effective communication with clients is as important to a product designer’s success as their design-related skills. You simply can’t overlook the importance of your ability to understand the client’s vision, communicate on their level, and present your ideas in a way that makes them excited to see them in action. Over the years of working on projects across many wildly different industries, Netguru’s team of product designers has gathered a number of rules to follow to ensure good communication.
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We’ve talked to Eddie Dubiel, a representative of Finstreet, about the future of one of their project, the difficulties of operating in the highly regulated German financial sector, and about bringing innovation into large fintech organisations. The insights we gathered shed light on doing business on this highly desirable and competitive market.
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ClickMechanic brings a revolution to the car repair and automotive industries. People uncomfortable with their lack of knowledge when leaving their car at a garage no longer need to worry thanks to ClickMechanic’s vetting system for mechanics and a fixed price for repair services. Mechanics can sign up to the platform to get more work and save on the costs of customer service. The result? 18,000 mechanics already on board and prices 50% lower than those of franchise dealers. I had the chance to talk to Andrew Jervis, ClickMechanic’s founder, about what inspired him to create this project, what they offer to customers and mechanics, and how they stay competitive on this highly specialised market.
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Developing your skills as a designer is crucial to taking your career in the right direction on this competitive market. Product design is, however, a conglomeration of many disciplines: graphic design, interaction design, motion design, UI and UX design, just to name a few - and that’s on top of understanding and serving your clients’ business goals. How, then, can you stay abreast of new developments in your field, keep constantly polishing your skills, and stay sane?
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Inbbbox for Android is the latest incarnation of the app offering a personalised and uncluttered experience in Dribbble - “a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design”. You can download it right now and dive into the buzzing community - or check out the iOS version.
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ChaperHome is a simple mobile app, but it could save the life of someone you love – or your own. Based on research and user feedback, ChaperHome is a safety companion, connecting you to a network of ‘protectors’ – your friends and family. You can easily set up scenarios and the app will send a notification to your loved ones as soon as it registers something going wrong. The point is that it will happen without any input from you. In a situation where you might not have time for more than a single tap, ChaperHome has your back.
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Software development projects are difficult to manage. They are complex, fast-moving and involve people of varying competences. Today’s industry standard is agile management, which supports changing market realities and allows for fast iteration of ideas. It’s the perfect solution for startup founders and innovators. What is it like from the inside? Download our book and find out.
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Marta is a member of Netguru’s HR team. She coordinates our recruitment efforts and works on employer branding. She joined Netguru in 2016 and seems to be very tolerant of our crazy antics so far.
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This is a practical guide on improving predictability: you’ll learn how to recognise when you need to work on your predictability and how to set the right goals to achieve the results you want. At the very end of this article we also talk about the future and what the next steps will be for Netguru as we grow and mature as a company.
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On our quest for more predictability, we were visited by consultants with prior experience gained at leading software corporations. They were supposed to share their tools and processes and help us identify what we could improve in ours. In reality, they couldn’t help us. Our predictability was higher than theirs, and they saw no need to improve it any further.
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Developing a software product is a risk. Ask all the failed tech startups. According to this report by Small Business Trends, more than 50% of small businesses fail in their first 4 years. The leading reason? Incompetence, which basically means failure at applying good internal processes in business. So, what can you do to turn the odds in your favour?
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