Analytics of Your Software Product: Getting Started with Google Analytics and Hotjar

13 min read

Business, QA, Product Design
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Let’s say you have a working product, a growing number of customers, and a lot of ideas for new features.

Great! Now what?

It’s one thing to hit the ground running, and something else entirely to keep going. You need a plan for the future and you need it fast, otherwise your lucky streak will end before long.

So where do you start? What do you do first?

Two words: product analytics. Use product analytics tools to develop your software product the right way.

Author

Agata Kąpa

Product Owner

Author

Justyna Dados

Junior Social Media Specialist

How Can You Manage Your Outsourced Development Team?

11 min read

Business, Agile, QA
None

It’s okay to be a little nervous when you first start working with an outsourced development team.

After all, ordering a remote team to code for you can feel like putting your eggs in some mysterious basket. Hidden in a black box. Hundreds of kilometers away. And still expecting a return on investment!

But it doesn’t have to feel that way. No matter the time or space, a remote team can work with you almost as closely as if they were right beside you.

In 2018, software houses have the tools and proven practices to make that happen.

Author

Michał Kwiatkowski

Head of Service Delivery

Author

Maciej Urbański

Python Developer

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Software Development Outsourcing: 5 Holes in Your Contract

12 min read

Business, Agile, QA, DevOps
None

When you select software professionals to work with, you want them to know their game. You may go through tens or hundreds of their previous projects, but you are still vulnerable. You are out of your area of expertise and you are about to face the first challenge: signing a contract.

We’re here to help you tackle this challenge. This list will help you spot the most common traps in software development contracts. Click to learn how to avoid copyright issues and ensure a fair and productive relationship.

Author

Marcin Zabawa

Head of Service Delivery

Why Do You Need a Product Owner? 5 Ways to Improve Your Software Development Project

10 min read

Business, Agile, QA
None

Team composition is one of the key aspects you need to consider when launching a software development project.

The value of some roles is clear from the get-go. For example, developers and testers write and test the code, respectively. However, roles such as Product Owner or Scrum Master are a little less straightforward.

So why do you need a Product Owner?

That’s the question we’ll be answering in this article, from both your perspective and the perspective of your development team, highlighting the potential benefits.

Author

Małgorzata Maksimczyk

Product Owner

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

Case Study: Building a Progressive Web App to Spread the Wisdom of the Buddha in 41 Languages

19 min read

Agile, Business, QA, Product Design, Python
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SuttaCentral approached STX Next for support with a website collecting early Buddhist texts and their translations. They wanted their product to be easy to access, simple to use, and available to all.

To that end, we helped the client build a Progressive Web App to provide them with offline functionality and a mobile component.

As a Product Owner, working with SuttaCentral has been an absolute highlight of my professional career. This is a story of the deciding factors that made our cooperation a glowing success.

Author

Małgorzata Maksimczyk

Product Owner

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

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

Rafał Gajewski

Service Delivery Manager

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Software Product Design: What Is the ROI of Good UX?

8 min read

Product Design, QA
None

Let’s say you’re dealing with a software development project. You’re trying to develop an app or any other software product. Here’s how the story usually goes:

Your project is approved. Check.

You’ve assembled your development team. Check.

You’ve allocated your Product Design budget… Have you?

Author

Marcin Siemieński

Product Designer

The Measurable Benefits of Unit Testing

10 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

Why Are Company Values Important? (And How We Defined Ours)

10 min read

Business, Agile, Python, JS, QA
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We all want our companies to be something... more.

Beyond mere machines to churn out profit, we want to grow into organizations that represent something: a change in the world that we want to make reality.

We want the people who work with us to feel an unmistakable vibe, a character that is uniquely ours. This applies to co-workers and clients alike.

The road to building such an organization is long and full of surprises. But one step you can’t skip is spending some time to think about your core company values.

Author

Maciej Dziergwa

Chief Executive Officer

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

New Technologies at STX Next

10 min read

Business, Agile, Python, JS, QA
None

Over the last 13 years, STX Next has always been characterized by continuous growth, improvement, and exploration. Our decision to implement new technologies in 2018 is a direct result of that philosophy.

We have taken an active interest in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Golang, Blockchain, and React Native. At the same time, we remain faithful to Python.

To continue creating exciting growth opportunities for STX Nexters, we are also putting together events such as the Tech Power Summit—our company’s annual international conference.

And the best part? We’re just getting started.

Author

Joanna Trubisz

Brand and Communication Partner

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer