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 I'm sure that you already know how good communication can boost the effectiveness of a team. And it's pretty easy to achieve good results when all team members are in the same room.  Question 1: But how to keep information and feedback flowing between different offices, companies, and timezones? Question 2: And is it really something that you should be concerned about since you show up at the office every day?
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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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“A perfect job for people who like challenges and learning new skills but are also flexible and able to adapt to changes”, this is how Marek Talarczyk, Netguru’s Chief of Operations, described the position of Head of Project Management. HoPM at Netguru will be responsible for six teams of almost 30 project managers running more than 85 projects a year in total with almost 70-percent project predictability. Sounds interesting? Read on and apply for Head of Project Management as the recruitment process is now open.
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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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Before hiring somebody for an engineering position or building an in-house dev team, you need to double-check a number of things. The following checklist is based on our 8 years of expertise in recruitment, onboarding and offboarding software developers. These are the best market practices and battle-tested solutions, which will help you build a successful development team.
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Many of us looking for a new job need something more from an employer than a paycheck and a comfortable desk. We’re looking for meaning and a chance to do something challenging and to show what we’ve got. For a chance to learn and grow. And rightly so, because if we don’t take care of ourselves and our careers, no one else will. In this interview with Marek Talarczyk, Head of Delivery at Netguru, we’ll learn what it means to start your career with a bang, what to look for in the perfect employer and how important it is to invest in your project management team and give each individual room to grow professionally.
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The most frequently googled questions about Android programming are: Why is Android app development hard? and Why is Android development so complicated? All in all, developing an Android app doesn't have to be more complicated than any other app. There are a lot of things that you have to keep in mind, but with the tips presented in the article, you can make the process effortless.
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Failure is instructive. You can learn from your mistakes just as much as you might from your successes, but isn’t it even better when you can learn from someone else’s mistakes? Check out our guide below on what NOT to do when you are a Project Manager!
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With another Sprint Planning, the problem returns: how can I persuade the team to break it all down into a couple of smaller tasks rather than creating one big one? Below you can find a couple of arguments that worked for me and that will also hopefully do the trick for you when it comes to this all too common problem.
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Yes, technical writing can save your software project. And if the project doesn't need saving, it will save you time, money and, in the long run, lots of effort.
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Businesses hoping to harmonise and streamline their operations often look into adopting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, and its associated software. But nightmare stories abound, about how complex, expensive, and frustrating such installations can be.
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Can a single mistake of a software developer ruin an entire company? The answer is yes, but only if the software development company doesn’t know how to learn from its past mistakes and grow as an organisation.
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Hi folks! I’m Darek, a leader and senior RoR developer at Netguru. I joined Netguru when it had 30 members, now we’ve grown to more than 210! Recently, I’ve had a very interesting problem to solve. We wanted to have better knowledge about what skills our people have, what they want to get better at and, last but not least, improve how we assign people to projects. That’s why we introduced “Skills”, a feature in “People”, one of our open-source projects. You can try it out yourself if you want. Let me walk you through the new features!
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We’ve pooled together our best resources to create a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to build your development team, scale your SaaS product and avoid mistakes commonly made by product owners. Inside this free ebook, you will find tips on how to get started, what strategies to use along the way and what skill sets you’re going to need to ensure the success of your product. 
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As Ruby on Rails developers, we have used AWS for a long time at Netguru. Amazon’s services such as S3, EC2 or RDS made our work not only easier and more convenient but also increased the security of many projects. A few months ago, during re:Invent 2016, which took place in Las Vegas, Amazon launched a new service, and we think we are all going to fall in love with it. The new service is AWS Lightsail.
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Effective teamwork won’t happen without a common ground established among all members. Rules and goals that everyone agree to respect are key to a successful cooperation in any kind of project.
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Prague still has a long way to go before they can compete with top European startup hubs like London, Berlin or Amsterdam. That said, the city offers enormous untapped growth potential for emerging companies.
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Hitting a goal on time and within the budget requires a clever strategy and a battle-tested process. Without them, attaining your goals may be not only stressful but also ineffective, and may result in the product’s failure. Following a structured development process suggested by a software development company with all key roles filled will help you avoid it. A client may see progress faster at first with a full-time employee or a freelance contractor. But over time, the investment in an established process will show its benefits – usually as early as a few weeks into the partnership. How do you reach your goal fast and smart? Read our tips.
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