Gnarly Learnings From June 2022

We love reading, watching, and listening to constantly update our skills and learn new perspectives. Here are some of the exciting pieces we learned from this month. Goodbye, useEffect In this talk, David Khorshid discusses the awkward undesirable aspects of using useEffect to handle side effects. Specifically, useEffect’s proclivity for entering infinite loops and React…

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What’s the True Value of Mobile Apps?

The true value of mobile apps

In a world that’s becoming increasingly mobile-first, apps are a critical component of any company’s business plan. As a retail or QSR brand, can you get away with relying on third-party apps to connect with your customers and grow your business? A new study reveals that proprietary apps drive customer loyalty—and even correlate with more…

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Who Owns Innovation in Your Company?

Who owns innovation

If innovation at a company is a single person’s responsibility, then that company probably isn’t very innovative. In order to lay a solid foundation for true innovation, the entire C-Suite must collaborate and share responsibility. Even better? If leaders foster innovation within their teams, each employee will be more likely to feel empowered to aid…

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Why the Future of Health Care is Mobile

The future of healthcare is mobile

When it comes to technology adoption, healthcare lags behind other industries. In the coming years, though, mobile adoption in healthcare will be a must. Mobile apps create efficiencies within provider teams and enable streamlined communications that can directly and positively impact patient care. In a mobile future, the healthcare companies that aren’t mobile-first may fall…

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Persuading Your Team to Embrace Change

Embracing change

If your colleagues are resistant to change, you’re not alone—“active inertia,” or the tendency for people and organizations to seek comfort in the old ways of doing things, is a common characteristic of most workplaces. As a leader, though, it’s your job to coax your colleagues into acceptance of (and perhaps even excitement for) the…

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Two Principles for Delivering Powerful Presentations

The art of storytelling, highlighted in two of guiding principles: “Bad decisions make good stories, but don’t forget all the good decisions that make good stories, too.” “Tell a story, don’t read a script. People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” Read more.

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When Should Your Company Develop Its Own Software?

Creating your own custom software to bring innovation to your market or to create more efficient operations can be a strong growth driver. But the buy-it vs. build-it decision is a critical one. If buying the software you need just isn’t possible, building it may make sense. But there’s no denying that’s a challenging path,…

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February Gnarly Learnings #1: An Introduction to Propshaft

What an exciting couple of months it has been for the Rails community! Rails 7 was released in December of 2021 and this month we are welcoming Propshaft. David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), the creator of Rails, released a post on Feb. 11 introducing the community to the new and improved asset pipeline for Rails. While…

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25 Communication Skills Every Tech Manager Needs

Of all the skills you need to be successful as a tech manager, effective communication is perhaps the most important–and often the hardest to improve. This is because communication is actually a diverse, complex set of skills that build upon one another. Explore the wide range of skills needed and expand your abilities: from writing…

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