The Evolution of the Aptera Academy

Mark and TK on Aptera Live

The Evolution of the Aptera Academy The Aptera Academy was originally created for developers to learn the hard skills and soft skills needed to jump into client projects. Eventually, it was opened to all client facing Apterans, including Business Analysts, Quality Analysts, and Project Managers. Just recently, we’ve made it available to clients. Aptera’s CEO […]

A Quality Analyst’s Take on the Aptera Academy

The Aptera Academy is our in-depth, customized approach to onboarding. The program was designed for developers, but we’ve recently opened it up to clients and non-developers.

Here’s a QA Analyst’s take on it.

Improving the Security on Complex Software

John Hightower on Aptera Live.

When you’re building software, it’s crucial to be aware of security.

To help sort it all out, we recently chatted with John Hightower on Aptera Live. Here’s what he said.

Managing Remote Software Development Teams


It can be tough managing and cultivating a culture on a software development team, especially when your team is remote.

We sat down with Team Lead Paul Aschliman on Aptera Live to chat about how he manages and cultivates a strong culture on a remote software development team.

3 Reasons to Work with a Small Onshore Development Company

Seen from above, a client meets his onshore Aptera development team

If you’re looking to increase the value of your software development or you need extra hands to lighten the load on your in-house team, outsourcing some of your work to an outside team can be a great solution. In an effort to reduce costs, many companies look directly to outsource with an offshore or nearshore development firm. However, often these partnerships don’t save you money in the long run, and sometimes you can find smaller onshore partners for a similar price.

8 Things to Prepare for a .NET Core Upgrade

.NET Core logo on a laptop screen

As Microsoft begins to deprecate the .NET Framework and move their innovation to .NET Core, it might be the right time for your business to upgrade your applications to .NET Core. If you’ve found the right time to begin your migration to .NET Core, we’re sharing 8 factors to prepare for before you begin your migration to help it go more smoothly.

Use Value-Based Budgeting to Accurately Budget for Software Development

Team plots out their value-based budget and expected scope

Budgets for agile software development initiatives can be hard to pin down. When starting a new software project, more is unknown than known, but having an accurate budget is very important for the business. This puts a lot of pressure on the Product Owner to get the budget right. No one wants to have to go back to their stakeholders and ask for more money later on.

What Is Vision and Why Does it Matter in Software Development?

Product Owner talks about vision in front of a whiteboard

As the Product Owner on a software team, your main role is often broken down into two parts: ownership and communicating what’s known as the 3 V’s–Vision, Value, and Validation. In this post, we’re going to focus on vision and the importance of clearly communicating vision for your software.

How to Seamlessly Transition to Remote Work


Long before the word COVID-19 was in the news, Aptera started hiring remote developers and implemented a remote-first mentality. Because of this change, our teams were uniquely qualified for the complete shift to remote work – including our in-office staff. While we’ve made the transition to remote work as seamless as possible, we understand this isn’t the case for every team.

6 Tips for Fostering Engaged Remote Scrum Teams

Scrum team meets with remote teammate on Zoom

With the onset of the novel Coronavirus, companies across the country and around the world are trying to navigate how to work remotely. Many developers are already accustomed to working remotely; Aptera has several full-time staff members who work from their homes. But if it’s new to you and your Scrum team, it can feel challenging to hold Scrum events and collaborate with your teammates across distances. To help, we’re sharing our top tips for collaborating and holding Scrum events when some or all of the team is remote.