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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 …

Drift widget for Google Spreadsheets add-ons

Drift widget for Google Spreadsheets add-ons

Since we started to work on our own products, it was clear we have to keep dialog with our users in order to maintain best direction for the products’ evolution. After a few more or less successful tries, we ran into Drift, nice and clean solution for customer support (and …

Using Configurable Shared Examples in RSpec

Using Configurable Shared Examples in RSpec

Shared examples are a good tool to describe some complex behavior and reuse it across different parts of a spec. Things get more complicated when you have the same behavior, but it has some slight variations for different contexts. In this case it’s easy to end-up having a bunch of …

Smart Checklist Tasks Organizer

Smart Checklist – tasks organizer built-in in your JIRA

We are glad to introduce you the new version of Smart Checklist add-on for JIRA Cloud. It’s hard to believe, but the first version of our add-on has been launched on Atlassian marketplace half a year ago! Over this time, Smart Checklist has become a MUST tool in our company’s …

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 …

Railsware offices in Krakow and Kyiv

New offices, new chapter.

Changes all around! In 2016 we changed locations of our offices both in Kyiv and in Krakow. Railsware has developed a lot in last 5 years and for all that time we’ve felt a strong need of finding new, cosy spaces where we would feel comfortable and productive. After months …

Touch Bar interface for Slack

Touch Bar interface for Slack. Railsware vision.

As it is well known by (almost) every Mac user who is alive and conscious, On October 27th Apple unveiled their updated notebook line. Although there are a ton of buzz about it being underpowered and overpriced, we would not rush to conclusions until actual devices will be shipped to …

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 …