What Is Full Stack Development?

Full stack development is a development process for building, deploying and maintaining a web application. Those involved in full stack development understand the bigger picture of the entire system, not just sub-areas like only the front-end or only the back-end. They also understand the different technologies used in the stack and how to best use them together.

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What Is Web Application Security? Why Do You Need It?

For a company to stay relevant and competitive in today’s market it must establish and maintain a solid web presence. Web applications are now easy to develop, deploy, and maintain with the many frameworks that provide a platform to develop scalable, reliable, and robust web applications. But because these applications are available from anywhere and by anyone, they are particularly vulnerable to attacks.

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9 Tips for Better Sprint Execution

The goal of every sprint is to deliver something that is fully deployable, not a completed project, but rather some minimal viable product. How to achieve that goal consistently is the challenge every team faces. 

Is it possible for sprint execution to become routine? Yes, with some practice and these tips to help your team ace sprint execution.

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In Retro: 4 Quick Tips to Improve to Your Sprint Retrospective

A sprint retrospective meeting is held just after a sprint closes but before planning begins for the next sprint. To keep your project moving, plan one hour of retrospective for every two weeks of sprint time. The purpose of this meeting is to identify the parts of the sprint process that work, the parts of the process that don’t work and what changes to adopt to improve the process. Without care these meetings can quickly become ineffective and even harmful to your team’s productivity. 

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The 4 Waves of AI and Why They Matter to Your Business

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that inspires both fear and awe in humans. We feel its effects in many parts of our lives. Those effects are growing every day. Integrating or even overtaking parts of our lives like the tide, but unlike the tide once it rises, it never recedes. Each digital wave blending into more of our everyday lives. But what are these digital waves? How will they affect our world? How can your business take advantage of them?

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3 Types of Technical Debt and How to Manage Them

Technical debt is an everyday concept in software development. But, how your team addresses and manages each type of tech debt determines how it will affect the outcome of your software product. While some technical debt is intentional, other types are entirely avoidable. Is your development team taking the necessary steps to identify, monitor, and manage your technical debt?

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3 Reasons to Consider Open Source For Data Analytics

Open source software has exploded in recent years. This transparent, innovative community of software developers has found massive success in an industry traditionally dominated by large, established enterprises. Many companies have even built entire fortunes around open source technologies. 

Recognizing the success of open source, those big enterprises are cashing in on the new age, hoping to join the movement before they get left behind.

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8 Tips For A Better Daily Scrum

The Daily Scrum is a principal, daily activity in agile software development. It's a brief 15-minute standup meeting for the scrum team to coordinate activities and create a work plan for the day ahead. If executed correctly, the Daily Scrum "optimizes team collaboration and performance by inspecting the work since the last Daily Scrum and forecasting upcoming Sprint work."

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3 Ways The Cloud Can Complicate DevOps Adoption

Cloud and DevOps adoption often go hand in hand. DevOps improves the speed and reliability of your development and deployment of applications. The Cloud improves DevOps through better automation and scalability. In combination, the approach can help you deliver high-quality products to market faster and at scale.

The benefits of the DevOps-Cloud relationship are well-defined. However, the Cloud can come with some significant challenges that impact your DevOps practice as well as other systems within your organization.

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5 Things To Consider When Developing a Sprint Backlog

In Agile Scrum Framework, the Sprint Backlog is an essential tool that organizes the Product Backlog items selected for that Sprint. It's your team’s plan for delivering the product Increment and realizing the Sprint Goal. The ideal Sprint Backlog is a highly visible, real-time snapshot of the work that the team plans to accomplish during that Sprint. When you are developing your Sprint Backlog, follow these best practices to ensure your backlog is driving your team towards your Sprint Goal.

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How Predictive Analytics is Changing Software Testing

Software development has changed significantly in the last five years. The rising demand for speed and reliability from consumers sparked many of these changes. As technology companies continue to set the bar higher and higher for applications, consumers opt for only the best products. Moreover, as the market becomes more saturated with high-performing options, simply offering advanced software is no longer a reliable strategy.

As business leaders continue to seek a new edge, many are turning to big data. Vast scores of data are being collected, analyzed, and applied to various processes throughout the organization to improve products and operational efficiency.

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What is the Difference Between Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment?

DevOps has changed the way we manage software development for the better. Software is released faster, code is more reliable, and new features can be released continuously. There are three practices at the core of DevOps: continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. These practices work together to deliver advanced software products and features to market, sometimes in a matter of minutes.

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Why Are Organizations Still Struggling With Agile?

The Agile Manifesto was written 18 years ago, yet organizations are still struggling to successfully adopt the Agile methodology. The 12th Annual State of Agile Survey found that only 12% of respondent organizations reported that they have a high level of competency in using Agile.

Additionally, 78% of these organizations report they are still experimenting with Agile or that teams are still maturing. Even for an approach that appears widely leveraged by the software industry, these numbers expose several challenges in its implementation.

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Why UX Design Can Make or Break Your Advanced Software Product

As software becomes more advanced, it also becomes more complex. It’s also become more accessible, with huge numbers of solutions on the market. How is this changing software development? Companies are upping their game when it comes to the experience their software provides because they can no longer rely solely on the backend technology to capture loyal customers.

User experience is not a new concept. We are just applying it to a new field. Think about all of the entertainment events you gone to throughout your life. Someone behind the scenes was busy designing that experience for you to enjoy. Now the same can be said of the software we use.

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How Design Thinking Can Improve Your DevOps Practice

DevOps is a well-known, modern practice in the software industry. For those who aren’t familiar, DevOps is a set of practices focused on automating and streamlining the processes between software development and IT teams to build, test, and release software faster and more reliably.

Customers and investors demand only the best performance from software products. DevOps provides an approach that can meet these high demands in within the tight time frames provided.

Sound like a dream? Many companies have adopted DevOps to some capacity, recognizing its benefits. But have all companies adopted it successfully?

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5 Practical Applications of AI

The hype around modern artificial intelligence techniques is enormous. Every other day you read headlines that tout self-driving cars and mind-reading devices. It’s no secret companies innovate incredible products. But the media’s emphasis on cutting-edge technology can make AI appear out of reach for everyday folks and businesses.   

The less advertised side of AI shows its actually becoming more accessible to businesses of varying industries, stages, and sizes. In a small business survey, Capterra found 1 in 5 small business leaders in the U.S. are using AI and 47% are considering adding it to their strategic plans.

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How 5 Tech Unicorns Propelled Growth By Outsourcing

In tech, we idealize entrepreneurs who build empires from scratch. We love listening to stories and sharing quotes about their rise to the top. We worship the “self-made” billionaires. Why wouldn’t we?

There’s a lot to learn from these tech unicorns. We pick apart their processes, trying to pull any ounce of wisdom we can. How did they accelerate their growth? What was their secret sauce? How did they do that all on their own?

We don’t get to know all the answers but we do learn, very quickly, that they didn’t do it all on their own. The smartest entrepreneurs seek help from outside experts to fill gaps and to drive their venture to the front page of tech. It takes a village to disrupt industry.

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