Tag: Agile Development

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Keeping configuration settings up to date in Drupal projects

        Filed under: Drupal, How to, Web Development

Managing configuration settings such as user permissions and system variables is very critical in any web application. In Drupal environments we use these two mechanisms to version those settings and replicate changes automatically across different environments: Drupal features Features is a Drupal module that offers the following benefits: Allow saving settings in code and keeping … Continued

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Why using size to estimate tasks is better for agile

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management

This past month my boss and I worked on a new contract for a current client. Even though our work with them is mostly Agile, and they genuinely understand it, our past contracts with them didn’t reflect that. Our past contracts were more rigid, and invoicing was getting harder and harder. For the past few … Continued

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How to Plan a Deployment to Production as a Project Manager

        Filed under: Agile development, How to, Project Management, Web Development

In the last month, I had to be on top of four different deployments, and after four smooth (but not issue-free) runs, I’ve decided to write down a list of things I keep in mind for future deployments. Maybe that way, the deployments will finally be issue-free. So here are a few things to keep … Continued

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How to test email notifications in Drupal projects

        Filed under: Agile development, Drupal, How to

Testing email notifications is often challenging because we don’t want to send out testing emails from development and local environments and confuse users. In addition to that, you may want to test headers, subject, body and the overall formatting applied to the information in the message and ensure that it’s readable. There is an easy … Continued

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Sprint Retrospectives as a vehicle for continuous improvement

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Web Development

Agile is not just a great methodology for implementing complex projects, it also helps solving operational problems and developing best practices. While the Sprint Planning, Standup, Sprint Review and Backlog Grooming meetings are focused on the project, the Sprint Retrospective is focused on improving the way the team executes their sprint for the purpose of continuous improvement. This meeting is scheduled at … Continued

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Google Listing API and Coding

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

The past two days have been consumed with trying to figure out how to fulfill the get google local listing for a url story. Yesterday a lot of my time was spent with Pranav researching API’s to do this. We found two: BrightLocal and the Google Web Services API. We decided to go with Google … Continued

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Community Management Agile Sprint 3 and 4 by Jenny Zhang

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Hello world, Compared to our last two agile sprints, sprints 3 and 4 went much more smoothly. Our team is now comfortable working with the Django framework. I spent the last two weeks doing front-end work using Bootstrap, a popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework for developing responsive, mobile-first websites. I much prefer front-end development, because … Continued

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Majestic API Polishing and Agile Sprint Planning

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Last week at the end of the week I just finished polishing up my Majestic code. This became difficult with Jose’s refactoring because his code worked within the Django framework while mine and the team’s code just existed in a separate scripts folder. We couldn’t figure out how to work with Jose’s code in time … Continued

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New Coding Practices and Agile Sprint Planning

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The end of last week was quite successful for our team. We were able to complete all the tasks that we included in our sprint planning at the beginning of the week. With the help of José, we were able to scrape url pages and get information which is vital for the new version of … Continued

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Agile coaching to help bright interns work in a collaborative environment and improve their performance

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

I have had the great opportunity to coach very smart interns about agile methodologies in our Summer Internship Hackaton. This is the first time I introduce Agile to developers with very little experience in that methodology, and it’s exciting to see results within just a week of work. In the first day of the internship, I gave a … Continued

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Pranav

Modeling Modular Modules

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Today we got into full speed on our week three sprint. Our goal is to build the new seoq.com with a modular design such that we can test how google plays with the various factors of SEO as well as act on new intelligence about the google algorithm. This is one major factor that other … Continued

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Sprint 1 & 2 of Summer Internship Hackathon by Jenny Zhang

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Hello! Since last I blogged, we’ve got the ball rolling on our project–Balystic. Yesterday our SaaS team completed our first sprint, in which we implemented basic functionality of our community management tool. Users can now sign up on Balystic and verify their accounts through either email or SMS. It may not seem like much, but to … Continued

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Summer Hackathon Day Six: Inception Deck and SEOQ Code

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Day Six: Today we had a standup reviewing what we got done last week and what we were going to attack this week. Pranav and I were going to create an Inception Deck but decided that we might need some help from the Traction Team, so Blake made the call to merge the two teams … Continued

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Agileana Update for Summer Internship Hackathon

Agileana Update for Summer Internship Hackathon

        Filed under: Search Engine Optimization, Summer Internship Hackathon

Hi everyone! Today at Agileana I got some more work done on the traction for the SEO Quotient web app. Farhan, Blake, and I had a conversation at the end of the day last Friday, about emailing SEO pros. I drafted an email discussing the product, but once Blake and I read it over, we decided … Continued

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End of Week 1: One Step Closer to SEO Success

End of Week 1: One Step Closer to SEO Success

        Filed under: Agile development, Summer Internship Hackathon

Herndon, Virginia; Summer Internship Hackathon After our morning standup, we broke off into teams again. In order to position, build, and market seoq.com effectively, Joyce, Luis, and I determined that we needed to map out the current SEO landscape and look for holes in the market. In order to do this, Joyce and I set … Continued

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