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Are Your Top Devs Bored? Here’s How to Keep them Engaged

Keep your top software developers stimulated and engaged by investing in professional development and making room for innovation.

Elixir for Pythonistas

Can Elixir solve some of the problems with imperative languages like Python? Here’s what we’ve learned.

Build Your Own Audio-Sensing Shusher for Remote Work

I built an Arduino-based audio sensor that sends a keypress to mute your Mac mic via Shush — and you can, too.

Framework Showdown: Rails vs Phoenix for a Chat App

Today, we’re exploring the performance of the Rails and Phoenix web frameworks when put up against the same task: building a very simple chat application.

How to Build an Alexa Skill from Scratch with lazysusan

Learn to build an Alexa skill that’s simple enough you won’t need a ton of code, but complex enough to fully acquaint you with the lazysusan framework.

Alexa Skills: Getting Started with lazysusan

Learn how to develop Alexa skills using the lazysusan framework, and deploy one of the example skills.

Replatforming a Global Online Product Catalog in 3 Months

Learn how a global company replatformed their online product catalog in three months using Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, MySQL, and HTML5.

How We Work: Measuring Platform Success with Pirate Metrics

We regularly collect platform metrics to prioritize the development roadmap, determine whether the platform is getting traction, and improve engagement.

WSJ CTO on the 12-Week Launch of Thrive Global Platform

Thrive Global, was created to end the stress epidemic. Founded by Arianna Huffington, the comprehensive platform tackles burnout — a widespread barrier to productivity and success. By delivering sustainable, science-based solutions, Thrive Global enhances wellbeing and performance, so that people can move from surviving to thriving.

How We Work: The Atomic UX Design Process

This is part of our How We Work series of blog posts. Today, we’re talking about how we use atomic UX design.

How We Work: Iterative Development

We use iterative development to break down large project into smaller chunks. Learn more about the processes and tools we use along the way.

Trial and Error: An Iterative Approach to Developing Alexa Skills

Our iterative approach for building Alexa skills led us to a great result and a reusable framework for developing on the Alexa platform in the future.

How We Work: Development Project Health Metrics

We track more than a dozen different metrics to measure the health of our development projects. Learn more about what we track and why.

How We Work: Determining Scope and Burndown Projections

We use burndown charts to represent the scope of the release: i.e., the story points in the release plan and what will be completed each iteration.

How We Work: Testing, Support, and Monitoring

Once your application is live on our infrastructure, we monitor it in real time to ensure it remains healthy, defect-free and highly available.

How We Work: Validating a Product Concept

A validation cycle will either help you affirm your concept, or it will save you hundreds of hours on a project that isn’t worth your time or capital.

How We Work: Agile + Lean Methodologies

Find out how we use agile and lean methodologies to quickly deliver platforms that solve worthwhile problems.

How We Work: Release Planning

Release planning is all about context. We gather information on every critical problem we’re solving, so that we can fill — our riskiest knowledge gaps.

How We Work: Team Composition

We schedule teams full-time on projects and assign your team based on the experiences and skills that are most relevant to your project.

How We Work: Our Pricing Philosophy

This is part of our How We Work series of blog posts. Today, we’re talking about our pricing philosophy.

How We Work: Our Development Workflow

Pivotal Tracker is the backbone of our development workflow. Each major project has a Pivotal Board where we track all tasks associated with the project.

Goodbye, Spartan. Hello, Very.

If you’re here, then you’ve heard. Spartan is now Very. We’re excited to share what’s changed and what’s staying the same. Read on to learn more about our brand-new brand.