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Onboarding at Brightec

Joining any new team can be daunting. And probably never more true than joining a team renowned for its outstanding company culture.

Essential Brightec

Brightec has evolved, changed, adapted, shrunk, adjusted, grown and prospered as a business, and a team, since its founding days in a garden shed.

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Productivity

We value the joy in both life and work. A good balance between the two goes hand in hand with productivity.

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Surfacing the right data: Operational Intelligence

Effective data analysis can help businesses in many areas. But how do you get to a position where you can analyse the data?

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What is the best way to run user tests remotely?

In light of Covid restrictions, we’ve had to completely reassess how to run user tests to be both safe and effective. Here’s what we’ve discovered so far

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How to ensure your app feels intuitive

Why is it so important for developers to keep the end-user in mind?

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How to set the context for productive meetings

Meetings can easily be seen as a necessary evil, something as an individual you have to endure whilst as an organisation you have to initiate.

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Why should you turn your notifications off?

When lockdown started, I used to think that the main risk to the productivity of my working day would be interruptions from my kids...

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Waterstones app wins Best Retail/Shopping app of the year

The UK App Awards announced the 2020 winners via Twitter on Thursday 12th November and Brightec were popping the virtual champagne to hear our Waterstones app was named Best Retail/Shopping app of the year.

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How can we make online meetings more engaging?

A team that eats together, stays together…. And we’re doing the best we can.

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What is Brightec life like online?

You know how it is. People ask how you are, and as humans, we tend to give a generic answer. We can tell you we’re doing well. But what’s really going on behind what you see and hear from Brightec at the moment?

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Why we're leaving our office behind

How is it possible that after five years in Vantage Point, we’re leaving behind a space that reflected our values for so long? I thought I’d take a few moments to explain our thinking and what might be next.

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How I'm adapting to manage a remote team

Like many, I have been thrust into the completely new situation of leading our team remotely.

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What did you say?

Our Stand-Ups weren’t serving us as best they could, but its nothing a freshly brewed coffee couldn’t solve.

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Why monitoring billable time is so important

Why we strongly think your agency should monitor billable time

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Mental Health in the Technology Sector
Raising awareness of mental health in the workplace
Rhys addresses the importance of raising mental health awareness in a male-dominated industry
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Onboarding the Brightec way
Staff engagement is vital, and first impressions matter
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How to help your team thrive

A few simple things to help engage your team in their work.

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Quadruple Awards Recognition Is Worth Shouting About
Brightec make the UK App Agency awards shortlist in four categories
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We've changed our R and D format... again
We've gone from helping each other out to embracing the BrightSide.
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The ‘finishing’ touches

How do you effectively deal with the completion of a project?

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Our process evolution
As an agile organisation, our landscape is constantly evolving, so we thought it was time to write a new blog about our process.
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Every company needs its own B.O.B
Running multiple app development projects at the same time with one team isn't easy. Here's how we approach it.
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Scrum again
Scrum Master Caz takes a look at how we strive to improve our processes
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Planning mobile app Sprints
Sprinting differently
Planning sprints with lots of unknowns is hard. Here’s one way we’ve tried to make it easier.
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Top Titles for Developers and Development Teams
You’re never alone with a good book, as the saying goes, so my colleagues here at Brightec are in great company.
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What does ‘Brightec’ mean?

We ventured deep into the countryside to find ourselves…

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Research and development in focus
Getting the most out of regular team research and development time.
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PIN protection for your app using LolliPin
How to setup LolliPin pin protection to keep your apps secure
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Daily Scrum Guidelines
Some simple and fun guidelines to help you get the most out of your team’s scrum meetings.
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Best practice in Issue Reporting
How to streamline and effectively manage your issue raising process
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Simple email management solutions
A few simple solutions to manage your love / hate relationship with email
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R+D is over, what can I do for you?
Why you should keep researching and developing your research and development time.
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Design Sprint
How Design Sprints changed us forever
We recently ran our first design sprint with a client and loved it. However, it's been the impact on our own business which has been even greater.
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Affecting change -   Kaizen style
How a simple Kaizen sheet helped reinvent our work culture.
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Every kick-off needs a gut reaction
How and why we use gut reaction tests to start our kick-off workshops
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Glossary of terms
A glossary of terms for beginners to the world of development
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Brightec Speaking Schedule
Brightec Speaking Schedule
The team at Brightec are regularly speaking at events all around the country (and overseas). We believe it is part of our responsibility to serve the digital community and to contribute back where we have learned a thing or two. If you are around any of these venues or events, please do get in touch.
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Brightec Open Studio - Creating Company Culture
Culture can make or break an organisation. Get it right and you, your staff and your customers will reap the benefits. Pop along to our Open Studio and explore our company culture, discovering how we create and maintain it.
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Creating a productive and collaborative office space
How to create both a productive and collaborative office space to help your business thrive
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Simple user stories

Simple steps for writing better user stories for you and your team.

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Planning for Kickoff workshops
Kickoff workshops are crucial for effective client engagement
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Responsible teams
How to foster an environment where staff take responsibility
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Post your location to Slack

Here we describe how to use Slack to aid remote working with your team.

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5 tricks to get the most out of Slack
These five easy tips will enable Slack to simplify your work life.
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3 simple Slack rules
These simple house rules will help you get the best out of Slack.
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3 great ways to setup Slack
Here are three ways to setup Slack to enhance your organisation
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Why blog?
Why do we put so much time, effort and resource into regularly producing blog posts?
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Giving great interviews
What kind of staff do we recruit and how do we interview them?
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Development device shelf
How do we store, charge and send builds to our development devices?
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Mobile app or responsive site: 10 things to consider

Native mobile app or swanky responsive website? Which should you pick?

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Code Style Guide

Is there really anything worse than someone else’s code?

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Agile Methodology and our clients - Part 2: User Stories
How can you successfully utilise User Stories within in agile framework?
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Agile Methodology and our clients - Part 1
Agile development methodology really helps to get the job done.
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3 Tips For Managing Email
Some simple tips on how to effectively manage your email inbox.
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