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Top Tips from the TransTech Summit

A tech conference centered around trans and nonbinary designers, technologists, and creators? With free tickets?? Of course I’m attending! So this March, my colleague Nico and I settled in for a mix of inspirational and practical talks on the fusion of design, technology, inclusivity, and diversity.

Building a GitOps Process for Your Cloud Infrastructure

Provisioning and managing cloud resources present security challenges. Manually configuring these services is error prone and leads to security risks. Managing your infrastructure becomes even harder as team size grows. Without a proper infrastructure development process, your team’s ability to meet infrastructure requirements will slow to a crawl.

Build a foundation for success with an assessment

All organizations make trade-offs to get where they are. To meet its near-term goals, your organization had to make tough choices about what to prioritize vs. defer, which best practices to follow vs. shortcuts to take, and when to invest in the team vs. make do. Your team has made progress, and that’s good. It’s also accrued tech, design, product, or organizational debt that’s standing in the way of its next success. Organizations evolve, and it’s not always obvious that what worked before isn't working now.

Powerful Prototyping with Variables and Logic

Last summer, Figma introduced variables as a beta release, giving us designers a major leg up when building prototypes. However, it can still be hard to get a handle on just how to use these new features. While Figma has produced some good guides and a helpful playground file, I’d like to share a more practical example from a recent project.

Can Bun Eat Node.js’s Lunch? Testing the Trendy Toolkit

We at Lab Zero always strive to keep abreast of industry trends. And what could be trendier than JavaScript, the web-centric language that the community seems to reinvent once every couple of months! That’s why it’s been so helpful to have a pet project on which to test these new developments: Lunch, the restaurant voting app for teams.

Modernizing Monoliths

You’ve built your business on a large rock, it has served you well over the years, buuuut... technical debt has accumulated everywhere around your applications. 

Building Trust and Best Practices on a New Team

As designers getting up to speed on a new client project, we often feel the tension of designing quickly to earn trust, and designing to provide lasting value to users and the business. We want to be partners, not just another resource to be called upon when desired. But how can we smoothly transition into this partnership?

Get off the feature delivery treadmill by visualizing your future initiatives

Product vision can be a powerful thing. It tells a story of what’s possible and pulls people toward that change. A lack of vision can be insidious. At its best, it leads to missed potential. At its worst, it can lead to unmotivated, burned-out teams and a disjointed product that fails to deliver customer value.

How We Gave a Redux-powered React App a Speed Boost

A client of ours has a long-lived React application using an architecture that was common at the time of its creation: Redux with thunks and sagas, with Redux Form powering the majority of forms throughout the UI, which is rich with input fields. To those familiar with this combination of technologies, you might immediately understand why they reached out to us to help fix their app’s performance issues.

Two Most Common Causes Of Technical Debt

People say "technical debt" like it's a bad thing. But those who are serious about software development know that this game is all about managing technical debt. Technical debt is a natural part of the landscape in any software development team’s world. It's neither good, nor bad. Yet when trade-offs are mismanaged, technical debt is likely to cause your productivity to grind to a halt. For people who hit that point and wonder why - there should be no mystery about what causes technical debt, the answer is right in front of you. 

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