Gaslight Blog

To build lasting impact with our clients, their end-users, and our community.

Sure, we love to geek out over technology and design. But it's all for a bigger purpose - boosting your business. Through development, design and business categories here on our blog - we break down our best practices, what to look for when it comes to software development, and how you can in fact, leverage technology.

06/10/14

Features Matter to Users More Than Stories

We’ve been in the software development world so long, we often don’t even know when we’re using jargon. The “user story” is one of those jargon terms that new customers often don’t understand. By contrast, what they do understand is features. The more I work with clients, the less I...

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06/03/14

Guidelines for Effective Pair Programming

Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, pointer or navigator, reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers switch roles frequently.1 Pair programming is one...

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05/30/14

4 Lessons Any Struggling Business Can Learn from Kitchen Nightmares

I’m a big fan of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The British version, not the American one. I enjoy watching, not because the shows are about cooking, but because they’re about business. Teamwork, leadership, purpose, positioning, margins and profit and losses are all topics you’ll hear covered. 1. Go Where the Customers...

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05/27/14

Why Simpler is Better for Tracking Project Health

As a group of software developers and designers, we talk a lot about what makes for a good product. High code quality, beautiful design, intuitive UI, and excellent test coverage are a few ways we talk about and measure the quality of a software product. But how do we characterize...

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05/20/14

Recognizing MVC Myopia in a Rails Application

How did we get here? Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Don’t put logic in your views”. Although Rails developers debate how much logic is too much for a view, most have embraced the idea. If you dare to peak into some Wordpress code you can see the alternative....

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05/15/14

Gaslight Podcast: Building an Employee Owned Company with Ry Walker

Your browser does not support the audio element. Ry Walker, Differential partner, talked with Michael Guterl and me about how he is “breaking the rules” to build his ideal company. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes

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