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Read through our resource hub to find articles on a variety of topics including tips on successfully delivering software projects and blending business and IT, insight into the processes we follow for development, and even information about the technologies we use.

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Which Cyber Attacks Should You Worry About?

With new technology security risks in the news almost daily, it can be confusing to know which to take seriously and which are just noise. In this Engage Aptera video, Director of Brand Engagement Derek Laliberte talks with Lead Security Engineer Nathan Buuck about today’s biggest cyber security threats.

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Tips for Reporting on Agile Projects

As agile thinking and related frameworks have swept across the software development world, many of their most recognizable features have the biggest impact on day to day development. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to give a lot of framework for reporting progress to budget and timeline-conscious stakeholders.

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Building a Culture of Learning with the Aptera Academy

One of the things we’re proud of here at Aptera is our culture of learning. It’s our company mission to empower our employees so they can help transform businesses with software. We seek to give our team members all the tools they need to best serve our clients. In software development, those tools are knowledge of the latest in technology. Employee empowerment starts on your very first day as an Aptera developer with our in-depth, customized approach to onboarding that we call the Aptera Academy.

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Improve Your Organic Ranking with Our SEO Checklist

When you launch a website, you can’t just sit back and wait for visitors. You’ll need to take an active role in drawing traffic to your site. One way to do this is to optimize the website for search engines. By making your website easy for search engines like Google and Bing to see, your page is more likely to be shown to potential customers. Search engine optimization (SEO) affects how high you rank and how your page appears in the search engines, and often makes your website a better experience for visitors on the site as well.

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Improve Retention by Outsourcing?

Whether due to issues of quality, communication, or perception, many companies have an understandable stigma around outsourcing software development work. In reality, it can be a great long-term investment in your full-time development staff, who are increasingly valuable in today’s market. Here are just a few benefits of outsourcing the right way.

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3 Traits of Successful Product Owners

Whether you’ve just been named Product Owner on a Scrum team or you’ve been filling that role for some time, you want to be successful in the role. While the definition of success looks different for every individual and every team, we’ve found that Product Owners who do well in their role tend to share a few common personality traits. For their book, The Professional Product Owner, Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham interviewed Product Owners after taking a training course about which traits they thought were the most important for a Product Owner to possess. We’re going to take a closer look at the top three traits they identified, being decisive, visionary, and resilient, and how these traits can lead to success.

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3 Fears that Hold Product Owners Back

Being a successful Product Owner on a Scrum team is more than just showing up. In this role, you’ll be guiding the vision and the priorities for all development as well as making decisive decisions along the way about the scope, timeline, and budget of the software project. But as anyone who’s worked in software development for any length of time can tell you, projects always hit bumps in the road and to be the best Product Owner you can be means you’ll have to stay the course whenever tricky moments come up. We’ve found that there are three common fears that commonly trip up Product Owners and keep projects from reaching their full potential.

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How Do You Project Budget and Timeline with Agile Development?

Have you ever looked at agile development methods and wondered, “how do you project a budget and timeline on an agile project?” We’ve certainly heard this question before from clients, and the answer is a bit nuanced. Essentially, you can’t estimate the way you might be used to. Instead, agile development is all about assessing value and adjusting the scope of your project accordingly. In this way, budget and timeline are most effective when you estimate based on the value of return instead of the scope known at the outset.

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What Should Quality Mean To Your Developers?

Everyone is looking for a quality software solution or website, but what does “quality” really mean? It’s one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot, but it means different things to different people. Quality is not only about delivering a solution that works now, but it also encompasses building the technology correctly and avoiding technical debt so you can quickly make adjustments in the future.

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