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Event: Andrew White’s Technical Breakfast Club - What's coming in R...
September 24, 2015
Rails Core Member and Unboxed’s CTO, Andrew White (@pixeltrix), held the first Andrew White’s Technical Breakfast Club last Wednesday morning. Developers and architects attended to hear the uncovering of the major topic, and find out the answer ...
Visualising UK Government Petitions
September 21, 2015

The new Petitions site has been a massive success since its launch this July, with tens of thousands signing petitions each day. It was suggested to me that it would interesting to visualise this data with a heatmap - giving an insight into the po...

Replacing the Asset pipeline with Gulp
September 18, 2015

When Rails 3.1 was released back in 2011 it brought a big change to the way Rails apps handled and served assets %w(css javascript images fonts) - the asset pipeline. Gone were the days of manually converting coffeescript to javascript before com...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 14th September 2015
September 18, 2015
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Thinking product at Mind the Product 2015
September 14, 2015
I’ve been thinking and talking recently about whether “product” is the right word for what I do. I speak to many people like me (oddly, many of them with fine art degrees) who sit somewhere between design, technology and business and end up as “pr...
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 7th September 2015
September 11, 2015
Agile pon de Beach 2015 - #AgileOTB
September 9, 2015

The conference: Agile On The Beach 2015 The dates: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd September The attendees: Claire, Jack, Martyn, Ben and Graeme (+200 others, but we don’t have caricatures for them) 2 days. 50 speakers. 40 sessions. 1 beac...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 31st August 2015
September 4, 2015
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August 28, 2015
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August 21, 2015
Planting the seeds for successful KPI trees
August 20, 2015

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KPI trees were at the root of Wednesday’s Masterclass, hosted by Richard Stobart. A blend of senior digital stakeholders, product owners and digital creatives attended this one-off session to explore the answ...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 10th August 2015
August 14, 2015
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August 7, 2015
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Communication - One Step Forward, Two Steps Slack?
August 7, 2015
It is widely assumed that software developers are introverted and quiet individuals, who like their own headspace when writing code. In my experience, this is generally true; I sometimes like to spend the whole day with my headphones in without in...
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What is the definition of ‘done’?
August 4, 2015
If you’re breaking your project up into features, then make sure you define what ‘done’ means for a feature. Consider ‘done’ in terms of: Functionally Operationally Being able to be tested automatically Automated deployments Features need t...
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 27th July 2015
July 31, 2015
Why should you have a zero-defect strategy?
July 28, 2015

Part of the logic of a zero-defect strategy is about psychology: specifically, the psychology of the developer working on code that they know is flawed. The other part of it is just good business practice… We’ve all heard many times that t...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 20th July 2015
July 24, 2015
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July 17, 2015
Are you managing the right risks?
July 13, 2015

I was talking to a very good Project Manager the other day. We were talking about the risks that a Project Manager manages in the delivery of software. In a traditional project, the risks managed are often not actually the biggest risks that proj...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 6th July 2015
July 10, 2015
Why a UX-er and a Developer trumps System and Business Analysts
July 6, 2015

An empowered Product Owner (who cares passionately about their product) coupled with a UXer (a User Experience designer) and a full-stack developer (who can knock up some prototypes very quickly) trumps a couple of system analysts and business ana...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 29th June 2015
July 3, 2015
Webinar: Speed up problem and customer validation
July 2, 2015

Martyn Evans hosted the second in our SpeedAgile webinar series: Speed up problem and customer validation. In this session, Martyn explored how to unlock development by quickly and deeply understand: 1. The real problem that your digital product ...

10 things that make a great Product Owner
July 1, 2015

A good Product Owner is key in success, making a huge difference in terms of drive and enthusiasm. Here (in no particular order) we’ve pulled out 10 attributes believed to make a great Product Owner (with much insight provided by Alan). ...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 22nd June 2015
June 26, 2015
Webinar: Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off
June 25, 2015

Richard Stobart kicked off our SpeedAgile webinar series, with the first session: ‘Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off’. In this 30-minute webinar, Richard explored: Rapidly engaging and building confidence with your stakeholders Cr...

Corporate to Unboxed, Part 2 - Advanced Scrum Master Training
June 24, 2015

Following on from Part 1 in my journey - last week, I attended an Advanced Scrum Master course with Jolie, one of Unboxed’s resident (and very experienced) Scrum Masters. Coming from a corporate project management background, my focus has been ...

How does the Product Owner role change everything in software deliv...
June 22, 2015

I was having a conversation with one of our Agile coaches, who has a long history of project management delivery. We were discussing: Who owns the successful delivery of value of the features in a traditional project approach? I think the ans...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 15th June 2015
June 19, 2015
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