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Why we are sponsoring Talk UX

Earlier this year, I was asked by Georgie Bottomley if Redgate would be willing to sponsor Talk UX, a day-long UX conference in Manchester taking place this week. I first met Georgie in May, after we both gave a lightning talk at UX London. She was full of ideas and her energy was contagious. Given how much Redgate believes in UX and in giving back to the community, it seemed right to support a new small venture that promised a... read more

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

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

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

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

Inside the Red Gate UX team: Stephen

Over the past few months, I met a fair number of people asking me about what UX people do at Red Gate and what we are working on. I am hoping I’ll be able to write a comprehensive article on our day to day, to complement the post I wrote about the way we... read more

The unexpected consequences of compiling user feedback at collection

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.

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

New Wizard Design in the Microsoft Azure Portal

There’s little doubt that Microsoft has been investing heavily in the (re)design of many of its existing products and taking a different approach when creating its newest products. Some have been quite successful whilst others have been met with a wall of criticism and even anger (Windows 8 anyone?). read more

Centralised or Embedded UX? How the team is organised at Red Gate

I’ve been asked several times recently what it’s like to work in UX at Red Gate and how we organise ourselves as a team. In this blog post I’ll attempt to briefly answer those questions. 1 – We are a functional team. Development at Red Gate is split into divisions based roughly on product... read more

Remote design collaboration

About a year ago I damaged my shoulder and needed surgery on it. Unfortunately that meant that I couldn’t get into the office, a 50 mile drive away. It was at this point that I started working remotely and ever since I have worked at least 2 days out of the office. There are... read more