5 Projects From Our Latest Hackathons

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Once every two months we have hackathons at EL Passion. For two days we can work on whatever project we want. It always starts with great ideas we present on the day before, then we have fantastic breakfast and then its time to work. At the end of each hackathon we show the effects to the rest of the company. Here are some of the finest projects from our latest hackathons! Continue reading…

The Pair Programming Experiment – Part II: The Retrospective

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This is Part II of a three-part series on our Pair Programming Experiment. For the experiment, we created two teams working on 2 projects for 2 weeks. One team worked in pairs, second as solo developers. After first week teams started a new project and swapped methodologies. Read all about its setup in our first post of this series. In the last post we will focus on metrics and analysis.

One of the main reasons we’ve made The Pair Programming Experiment was to confront common opinion on the methodology with real developers’ experience. In this post we will focus on our conclusions from The Experiment retrospective. Here are the thoughts after this intense (if not insane) 2-week journey. Continue reading…

The Pair Programming Experiment – Part I

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Why are we doing this?

This is Part I of a three-part series on our Pair Programming Experiment. Read  Part II – The Retrospective here.

There are many controversies surrounding Pair Programming and for many its advantages are questionable. For example the most popular theory says that developers that work as a pair are faster and produce higher quality code at the same time. We simply think that not enough experiments and research has been done to prove whether this point is true or false. Continue reading…

WebSummit Retrospective: Thoughts From Startups On How To Improve At Exhibitions

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More than 2,000 startups had exhibited at this year’s WebSummit in Dublin. For many, this has been the first exhibition on such a scale. Because of that, they’ve learned a lot. I spoke to quite a few owners that have decided to share their knowledge so that other startups can learn from their experience. Here are their quotes on what to remember about and how to improve as an exhibitor on an event like WebSummit.

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Sprint Poker – Free Agile Estimating Tool

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Sprint Poker is the new and completely free tool for Agile estimating. With its help you will plan tickets with your team quickly and efficiently. You don’t even have to register to start using it!
All you need to do is type in the session name and your nickname. To invite other team members, you simply send them a link to your session and that’s it. After adding tickets you can start estimating.

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6 Technical Skills A Non-Technical Startup Founder Needs to Have

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When you set up your business, you do so because you have a great idea that will be a hit in your market, or there’s a problem to fix and you have the solution. But as a non-technical startup founder, with no development skills, making your dream a reality can be a whole lot harder.

For example, if a non-technical startup founder doesn’t have a development team, they can’t make an MVP. The founder won’t be able to add features or fix bugs or make a tangible product at all. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t aid that development.

By learning a small amount of technical skills, you, as a non-technical startup founder, can support your company in smaller ways. Here’s our list of need-to-know technical skills – feel free to ask us questions about this post in the comments.

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3 Doubts Product Owners Have About Switching To Pair Programming

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Making changes is not an easy task. Whether it comes to buying a new car or making an important business decision. Doubts before making the final decision are only natural. Same goes for product Owners who want to improve their product development process.

One of the ways of doing that is switching to Pair Programming. Here are the three biggest doubts that a Product Owner can have when it comes to this technique, with answers that explain the benefits.

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