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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 …

User stories in product development

User stories: why?

In this article, I am trying to describe my own view on stories in product development and to share some efficient ways of working with them. Let’s start, however, with the question of why there should ever be stories. I have to mention that stories is just one of tools …

Inception at Railsware. Part 2

In our previous blog post, we’ve reviewed the Inception as a good way to efficiently start every new project. In this second part, we will go over the Inception process and it’s results in more details. Introduction Inception starts with all participants introducing themselves around the table, explaining their role …

Inception at Railsware. Part 1

Railsware team has been building applications for around 7 years now and over this period of time we’ve delivered dozens of products, engaged with hundreds of potential clients, numerous times revised our internal development processes, experimented, explored new approaches and worked on making the whole process better from A to …

Mobile APPeal: Exploring the Mobile Landscape

This is a guest blog post from Bill Hodak, Director of Product Marketing at New Relic, the SaaS-based application management provider for web and mobile apps. It goes without saying that smartphones and other mobile devices have reached a level of ubiquitousness. We use them every day, for every thing …

Premium IT consulting versus IT Outsourcing

Working with non-native developers without a project manager, really can that be true? In the past 11 years I have experienced, developed and improved many different structures to improve the output of both nearshore and offshore outsourcing teams, but memories just fail to recollect any case related to an outsourcing …

MoSCoW or how to reduce 50 todos to 5.

It’s common when you have to do a lot, but time/money is not on your side. The first and obvious wish would be to squeeze it all into term/budget you’ve got. But conditions would rather be unfriendly than allow you to accomplish this complicated task.

4 Steps To Scope Your Product Right

Usually, the business owner starts working with designers and engineers with only 20% of his product scope understanding. Our overall goal is to build product vision together at the very beginning of a development cycle and not at the end of developing a product-he-doesn’t-need and which doesn’t solve consumers problems. …