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Agile Documentation: Keeping Your Team in Sync in an Agile World thumbnail

Remember writing a detailed lab report or paper in school? We’ve all been there, and I doubt many of us really enjoyed it. Process and product development documentation can leave that same sour taste in your mouth if it’s just documentation for the sake of documentation. Documentation can take hours…

How to Make a Killer Data Dashboard with Google Sheets thumbnail

Every company operates around objectives and uses key performance indicators (KPIs) to track progress towards those objectives. For each goal, there are two main questions teams should easily be able to answer at any time: How much progress have we made so far? Are we on track to hit the…

How to defuse a bomb… Wait, I mean a bug thumbnail

Helpful testing methods to get a quality product out faster When you have a product release happening very soon and there are major features going out, you may feel a bit of pressure trying to make sure there are no bugs going out with those features. Testing the product under…

Cracking the Code Review, Part 2: Tips for Reviewers thumbnail

Previously, we discussed ways that you can maximize the success of the code reviews you request from your peers. However, preparing a good code review is only half of the story. There is a lot you can do as a reviewer of code reviews to make your review as helpful…

Cracking the Code Review, Part 1: Preparing Your Code Review thumbnail

Code reviews: Some love them, some hate them, but most probably see them as no better than a necessary evil. As a result, we often view them as a mundane task to check off the list–a final gatekeeper before our wonderful features or bug fixes can begin their journey into…

How to Create a Downtime Dashboard Tool with Zapier and Google Sheets thumbnail

At Lucid we want to monitor the health of our services both individually and in aggregate. Last month we worked on setting up a new downtime dashboard tool. We wanted the following functionality: a record of incidents containing the duration of downtime, the service(s) affected, and information about the cause…

Developers and Testers: Nemeses or Soulmates thumbnail

My husband and I have been married for a little over two years now. In that time, we have heard all kinds of marriage advice; some of it is good and some not so good. Most of that advice could be applied to just about any relationship, for instance, that…