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This post is for all you tech business owners out there who are planning on finding themselves in or around the UK’s great capital at some point this year.
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How can you make sure that there is ongoing improvement in your project once it has entered an active development phase? How can you eliminate potential stumbling blocks that pop up from time to time? How can you ensure that best practices are maintained and problems minimized? The answer is simple - Iteration Retrospectives! Let me tell you how we do it at Netguru.
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Much like it’s rarely good practice to describe what something is by detailing what it isn’t, convention would similarly dictate that it’s not always useful to persuade of the benefits of doing something correctly, by highlighting the pitfalls of doing something incorrectly.
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One of our most important rules here at Netguru is that it is never too late to learn, even if this means that sometimes we take lessons from making mistakes. That’s why we encourage sharing of expertise and knowledge among the members of our team.  The list below contains a set of tips on project management that we have learned through our experience. Read and spread the word. We hope that it results in a growing number of successful IT projects.
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To say that the people who work for Netguru are scattered the length and breadth of the country still wouldn’t give you the full picture. Now, it’s true that we have 7 offices in Poland, but our employees aren’t obliged to actually go there to work. As a result, you can meet Netgureans in Cyprus, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Tel Aviv or even Kuwait. How I make sure that our workflow goes smoothly and manage my team if it’s a hundreds miles away? Simple - by sticking to the 10 rules of running a remote team, which I would like to share with you now.
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Some time ago we highlighted the most popular mistakes that may ruin even the most successful project so that everybody conducting a business might avoid them. As a beginning entrepreneur, you already know what risks you should be aware of, but do you know what to do to start an IT project that will be a success? Having in mind our 7-year expertise in managing multiple IT projects at Netguru, we collected the most valuable pieces of advice on how to successfully kick-off them and we put them on one infographic.
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A typical story: I (or another PM) gather a list of information from a client of what needs to be implemented to a web application in order to deliver it business value - we call it features. Essentially, a feature is a user story or a group of stories (epic) that are related and deliver a package of functionality that end users would generally expect to get all at once. There are several characteristics of what a feature should look like and how it should be applied.
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For years, Pivotal Tracker was our beloved tool of choice for task management. Every commit we worked on had to be connected to a Pivotal story. But, even though working with Pivotal was an efficient and productive experience, we decided to switch to JIRA. Why? We had several reasons.
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Do you love your job? As a manager or CEO, you’re probably more than happy with your pay cheque at the end of the month – but does this really equate to happiness? It’s a serious question, though one that you may very well find yourself too busy to answer.
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How NOT to Run an IT Project

Having just returned from the 2015 Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, I’m still feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of innovative and technological young (and a few not so young) minds that are out there.
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