Managing Developers: 5 Steps to Productive Team Nirvana

7 min read

Business, Agile, QA
None

Whenever you’re managing a team of developers, productivity problems may occur.

Productivity may be an overused word these days. But in the end, aren’t we all looking for results?

Hours of development work don’t come cheap these days - and yet when you ask the team about progress during a Sprint, it’s almost always a disappointment.

It’s a common situation - but it doesn’t have to be your reality. It is possible for you to call your devs and hear that everything is done according to the schedule. They might ask you eagerly for more work ...

Author

Rafał Kałka

Service Delivery Manager

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

The measurable benefits of unit testing

9 min read

QA, Business, Python, JS
None

Articles praising the usage of unit testing are a dime a dozen. A little less popular but still readily available are articles that will try to convince you that unit tests are a waste of time, at least in some cases.

Most of them (or maybe even all?) try to prove their arguments based on feelings, on the author’s own assessment of what is good and effective or bad and inefficient.

In this article, I won’t be trying to prove which side is right.

Author

Maciej Polańczyk

Python Developer

Software Development Contracts - Fixed Price vs Time and Materials

13 min read

Business
None

What kind of contract should you sign when you decide to work with a software house?

You don’t want the formalities of your contract to tie you down. There’s nothing worse than work grinding to a halt to make room for ‘renegotiations’.

It would serve you better to have a flexible deal that gives you freedom to direct development as you see fit. An arrangement that keeps you nimble.

To delve deeper into the subject of software contracts, I picked the brain of Krzysztof Karolczak, Head of Service Delivery at STX Next.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Krzysztof Karolczak

Head of Service Delivery

STX Next listed among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe

3 min read

Business
None

Warsaw, Poland - STX Next placed 36th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe ranking. The distinction places the largest Python software house in Europe among the fastest growing tech companies in the region.

This year marked the 28th edition of the prestigious ranking. In 2017, 300 tech companies applied for the ranking, with the top ones earning their place among the top 50 fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Offshore outsourcing - how we handle working across a 7-hour time difference

9 min read

Business
None

Have you ever tried to coordinate a Skype call with another person halfway across the world? Was it tough to find a time that works for both of you? Was it disappointing to finish the conversation early because your 5 PM is their midnight? 

Now imagine doing that every week. Or every day.

I recently had a chance to sit down (well, have a Google Hangout) with Łukasz Orłowski, our Head of Service Delivery in Piła.

The topic we chose to tackle was remote work across significant time differences.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Łukasz Orłowski

Head of Service Delivery

Top 15 Fintech Companies that Include Python in Their Tech Stack

14 min read

Business, Python
None

In fintech, you can’t afford to fly blind.

This is especially true for your choice of tech stack. You don’t want to fall behind the competition due to lack of proper research.

Or maybe you’re just plain curious about the top solutions for fintech companies. Python is a great choice in this industry - but which companies use it, specifically?

We’ve got you covered with our list of top 15 fintechs that use Python in their tech stack.

Author

Matthew Harris

Director of International Partnerships

Why Python Should Be the Technology Choice for Your Fintech

10 min read

Business, Python
None

At some point in the creation of your fintech start-up you will have to make decisions that are very hard to un-make. One such decision is your choice of tech stack. If you go wrong here, your costs may skyrocket down the line, putting you in the red despite best intentions.

Your fintech needs a programming language that is easy to handle, scalable, mature, high-performance and coupled with ready-made libraries and components.

Luckily, Python is there to deliver it all. Read on and you’ll find that it’s quite easy to make a case for Python in this industry.

Author

Matthew Harris

Director of International Partnerships

Why the open space workplace doesn’t work for developers

10 min read

Business
None

Have you ever considered the environment in which your developers work? How comfortable are they, in your estimation?

All of your employees, software engineers included, spend a huge chunk of their time at the office. Their place of work should be a source of inspiration and motivation.

One solution that managers worldwide have adopted are open-plan offices. But are they as effective as advertised?

I recently had a conversation with our Delivery Director Łukasz Koczwara on this very subject. He’s not enthusiastic about open-plan offices, and proposes a different solution that increases both employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Łukasz Koczwara

Service Delivery Director

Managing software developers: 4 steps to improve your process

8 min read

Business, Agile, QA, DevOps
None

So you’ve gone through the effort of hiring a team of software developers for your project. Now is the time to manage their work. How do you get the most out of their skills?

I’ve talked with Rafał Gajewski, one of our Service Delivery Managers, to find out what his experience can tell you about managing software developers effectively.

How can you save money and effort as a manager for software developers? We recommend focusing on 4 areas in particular that yield the best results.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Rafał Gajewski

Service Delivery Manager