Category: How to

Why Toggl time tracker is better than JIRA tempo tracker

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On my last blog post, I wrote about Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker and how I instead started using toggl. And as promised, here’s my review on toggl after using it for one month. As I mentioned before, I started using toggl after Tempo’s tracker was updated and no longer omnipresent. Toggl … Continued

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Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker

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Recently JIRA has been making a lot of changes and improvements, and going through them has been a little hard (like getting kicked out of your account and being forced to create a new one). Eventually, I got used to the changes, until Tempo tracker got “upgraded”. Tempo tracker was never the prettiest or smartest … Continued

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Alternative notifications for Entityforms in Drupal 7

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Entityform already offers a way to send notifications: by integrating with Rules module you can configure your notifications for administrators or other recipients, some of those may be inputs in the form itself, so this is perfect for most of cases, ah and if you need to migrate the form from one environment to another … Continued

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How to Get URL Parameters in Drupal 7

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I’ve seen the horror! (allow me some drama here) I’ve seen code in Drupal projects, trying to get parameters from URLs in this way: $params = $_GET; or $some_var = $_GET[‘some_var’] Drupal has some functions to deal with parameters coming from a URL. Now, let me be honest, it’s not more secure if you use … Continued

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Increase conversion with effective online forms

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Most websites have some kind of form on them, whether it’s to subscribe to a feed, download a resource, or contact the company. According to Formstack‘s very insightful research on how online forms are converting customers, there are more than a few trends that have been found to be either a hit or miss with … Continued

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Git best practices: Commands to create and merge main and supporting branches

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I recently published an article about Git standards to prevent code conflicts. Down below are all the Git commands you need to know to follow those standards. This is highly recommended when you collaborate with other teams that are not in your company, or when your team is not always collocated. We use those standards daily, and they … Continued

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Git best practices: How to minimize code conflicts

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Code conflicts suck, any developer knows how painful it is to pull changes from a Git repository just to discover that she will need to invest another hour working on solving conflicts caused by the work of another developer in the same file. Probably, she will end doing a pair review with the other developer to ensure that … Continued

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Best practices for communication of distributed agile teams

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Having everyone sit together improves the productivity of your agile team because everybody can speak to each other at any given time and get questions answered  fast, and it’s easier to see what everybody’s doing and be on the same page. However, it doesn’t mean that distributed teams can’t perform as good as collocated team, one way … Continued

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How to switch Drupal distributions in an existing website

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Drupal distributions provide site features and functions for a specific type of site as a single download containing Drupal core, modules, themes, and pre-defined configuration. They make it possible to quickly set up a complex, use-specific site in fewer steps than if installing and configuring all those elements individually. Switching Drupal profiles in an existing … Continued

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Lean Company: How to manage cash flow

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Lack of cash flow is the leading cause of business failure. 80% of all businesses fail in their first year of operations.  Of those 20% that survive the first year, 80% of those fail to survive 5 years in business.  The 4% of companies that survive their 5th birthday have only survived because they managed … Continued

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What is Lean Startup?

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The traditional way of starting a business is to: Come up with an idea Register the domain name Go to LegalZoom and register the company Stealthily and covertly build a product Launch the product to fanfare and advertising Wonder why nobody is beating your door down Do some market surveys to find out why you … Continued

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How to make a website intuitive and easy: clickable

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If you want your website to be easy to use, intuitive, and usable then you need to be conscious of common interactive design problems as strive to follow best practices in usability. Part of the problem stems from the notion that many graphic designers who are accustomed to designing for static print material are not … Continued

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How to spot fake Linkedin profiles used for spam

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In many ways, I love Linkedin.  It is a place for professionals who are serious about their career or business to meet other professionals, develop new relationships, and win together. After I sold my first company in 2005, I moved to Boulder Colorado and was seeking the advice of angels and venture capitalists about what … Continued

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Scrum and Agile – How to handle Critical Issues that are outside of the current Sprint

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A Critical Issue, as the name says, is always critical and meant to be dealt with immediately. Critical Issues are those issues that are currently affecting the consumer. But declaring something critical can be very subjective, which is why only the Product Owner can declare an issue as critical. As soon as it is declared critical, … Continued

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