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Managing a distributed company

How we manage a distributed company efficiently

In today’s world of shrinking distances and wiped off boundaries it becomes easier and easier for businesses to develop and spread services or products. More and more companies open their offices around the globe looking for lower taxes or stronger markets, and feel completely comfortable with that many locations. But …

Railsware case of using Airtable

How Airtable can help you in real life: Railsware example

I can imagine there are billions of real life applications that Airtable helps with. Starting from simple ones like keeping track of all your manga comic books and issue and inventory tracking, up to less obvious like touring activity management and film production assistance. No wonder this tool has been …

Working at Railsware

My first 3 months at Railsware

Hi, my name is Anna. I am 25. I am a linguist and today I will tell about my first 3 months in IT company. I’ve learned a lot during those 90 days and would like to share this knowledge with you. In order not to make this post too …

How we saved on Mixpanel

How we saved $650 on Mixpanel monthly

We got acquainted with Mixpanel as a data analytics tool pretty long time ago and integrated it for few our clients. During last months we started active usage of Mixpanel integration on Railsware Labs products, like Smart Checklist add-on for JIRA or Airtable Importer, Mailtrap.io and even at railsware.com website …

Using flowcharts to create consistent scope

Using flowcharts to create consistent scope

In product development, original idea takes lots of transformations on it’s way to the actual implementation (writing code which works and provides desired benefit, that is). One of those is transition from sketches/designs (“sketches” further) done by UX/designer into actual stories that developers would take to iteration. Writing stories should …

Stand-up Meetings - Railsware way

Stand-up meetings: Railsware way

While I don’t think that anyone who has ever used any modification of Agile methodology would require definition of a stand-up meeting, its still needed to have some base to start from. Let’s say this is a team meeting, usually done standing, so physical inconvenience would force people to be …

Manage Client Happiness with Regular Demos

Manage Client Happiness with Regular Demos

Regular Demos – is one of the most powerful instruments of managing your client’s expectations. That’s the way you can formally get acceptance of your team’s work and eliminate frustration risks caused by missing functionality. It’s like “selling” product to the consumer and motivating them to buy it. This article …

Slack custom emoji to poll groups quickly

How we use Slack custom emoji to poll groups quickly

Do you know how to make quick, simple pools inside your group without any specific form-based tools? Google or Wufoo survey requires plenty of preparation and distribution time. Slack is good We use Slack messenger as team collaboration tool inside Railsware. Luckily it provides nice ability to add reaction to …