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What SQL Lighthouse beta, spaghetti sauce and The Mom Test have shown us about ways to deploy database changes

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Spaghetti sauce and variation Note: SQL Lighthouse is now called DLM Dashboard.  There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the challenge of implementing an automated database deployment pipeline. This much has become very obvious as we have developed SQL Lighthouse (now DLM Dashboard), a database lifecycle management (DLM) dashboard and alerting system to help teams monitor... read more

Please stop! The 2 biggest mistakes when applying for a UX role

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There’s no doubt about it – hiring can be a long and difficult process. Of all the applications you receive for a role, only a small percentage might actually be considered seriously for an interview. The reasons often range from the rather mundane (e.g. lack the required skills or experience) to those who seem... read more

User research- It’s Better as a Team Sport

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User research is a team sport as many user research teams – particularly those working in agile development teams, such as the GDS User research team – have discovered. This discovery is perhaps due to the growing realisation that user research in the agile software development cycle has the greatest impact when it isn’t... read more

The unexpected consequences of compiling user feedback at collection

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I’ve run plenty of face-to-face usability sessions, but since joining Red Gate I’ve found myself having to run remote sessions. I’ve discovered a great technique and in doing so I have also stumbled upon some unexpected consequences of using it. Red Gate has a vast user base, and it turns out that a significant... read more

UX katas – Heuristic evaluation.

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The “extended” UX team sharpening their swords… At Red Gate, our software engineers run regular  “code katas”, workshops where developers practise their coding skills on simple problems, then discuss the experience afterwards as a learning exercise. So, a while ago, I thought it might be a good idea to use the same Kata principle... read more