Building new products and services is a risky endeavor. It’s hard to know whether your idea will take off. Deciding on what features to add is challenging as well since you lack user feedback. Whether you’ve secured a major funding round or merely invest your time, it’s stressful thinking when — and if — those efforts will eventually pay off.

The fact that over 70% of startups fail because of premature scaling doesn’t make the lives of entrepreneurs any easier. …

Originally published at Scalable Path by Fabio Ferreira on April 7, 2020.

Mobile applications have traditionally been written in native languages. Lately, however, hybrid cross-platform frameworks have been gaining market share. The recent swell of React Native’s popularity has raised the question: should developers use React Native for mobile development instead of full native?

In the last 4 years, React Native has grown to a community of over 2,000 contributors that averages 300,000+ weekly downloads through npm. Some of the largest companies in the world have embraced React Native, including Facebook, Pinterest, Skype, Uber, and Brex. …

The sudden shift towards remote work is accelerating the shift toward modern practices like staff augmentation. According to Deloitte’s 2020 study on the state of remote work, companies are now prioritizing cost-efficiency and agility as their top business objectives to stay ahead of constantly evolving requirements and maintain a competitive edge. For many, staff augmentation may be a solution to help meet these goals.

Staff augmentation is an evolution of the original outsourcing model that equips organizations with a modern approach to scaling their teams. This article will cover the basics of what staff augmentation is and how it compares…

It’s no surprise that North American companies are starting to see the value in hiring technical talent from Latin America. With thriving tech industries, large talent pools of skilled software developers, and proximity to the United States, the region offers many benefits for companies looking to extend their development teams through better, cost-effective hiring solutions.

So how much does it cost to hire a pre-vetted software developer from Latin America? And how does it compare to other regions around the globe? We’ve gathered and analyzed data from the 21,000+ profiles in our network of software developers to answer these questions…

Originally published at Scalable Path by Abdurahman Adilovic on January, 11th 2021.

Just like all software, Android apps should adhere to common architecture rules and patterns. Android apps that don’t follow the right architecture tend to become unmaintainable through cluttered Activities and Fragments lacking a consistent design or set of behaviors.

Given the importance of good architecture, how does one choose which to use for a project? In most cases, I like to recommend Google’s standard architecture for Android apps as a starting point, and then as the app grows more complex, concepts can be added.

So what does Google…

Knowing how to interview remote developers effectively is a critical step in choosing the right candidate to join your company. Hiring the wrong candidate can set your project back, eat into your bottom line, and frustrate your team. Shannon Shaper, who helped fine-tune Google’s recruiting process, says that “hiring is the most important thing you’ll do as a business.” We couldn’t agree more. Yet, the people put in charge of hiring rarely have specific experience in conducting interviews! This makes the hiring experience stressful (for them and the candidates) and ineffective (for the company).

So it’s really no surprise that…

There was a time when SQL databases were the de-facto choice when developing a new application. In recent years, NoSQL databases have become a popular alternative. Choosing between a SQL vs NoSQL database is now an important technological decision for app developers, and recognizing when to use one over the other is an important skill to have. Beyond that, the choice of which type of database to use can determine whether a project will run smoothly or experience technical difficulties as it grows.

In this article, we’ll explore the differentiating factors between the two database types and when one outperforms…

Those who have worked in the software industry for a while have likely witnessed a project that went off the rails. Lack of vision, changing requirements, or an out-of-sync team is a surefire path to a fraught development process. Although there have been advances in approaches to project management within the industry, things still go awry more often than they should.

A key benefit of Agile is its rapid pace and adaptability; however, this often comes with an allure to move too quickly, dive into a project without thinking, and start coding straight away while making decisions on the fly…

Originally published at Scalable Path by Ryan Medeiros on Nov. 24, 2020.

It takes a great deal of practice to safely say we are doing Agile on a project, but what if we don’t put enough thought into being Agile? Agile methods often leave room for interpretation and acknowledge that you may have to go off-script. It’s at these times that teams are likely to revert to non-Agile habits — that is unless they truly embrace the ideology that’s behind Agile. By following the 12 Principles of Agile in your projects you’ll be able to keep things on track even…

Originally published at Scalable Path by Trevor Wencl on Oct. 5, 2020.

There are many types of documentation in the software world. Of these types, technical documentation is one of the most frequently neglected. The fast-paced nature of the industry leads to the conception that time spent documenting is time lost developing and delivering features. Over time, a development team’s documentation debt (a type of technical debt) can build to a point where the idea of tackling it becomes daunting. As a project scales and teams experience churn, information can become siloed or even lost. …

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