Gnarly technology predictions for 2022

When we first started The Gnar Company I expected to spend a significant amount of time researching and implementing new technologies each year. What we’ve generally found is while new frameworks and stacks are constantly evolving, clients typically seek expertise and stability within a given tech ecosystem. In our 6 years of operating The Gnar…

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10 Signs Your Packaged Software is Sabotaging Your Business And 5 Questions to Ask

The “build vs. buy” question is one that is challenging for many organizations, especially those who do not consider themselves software development firms. Given the increasing reliance of all businesses on being “smarter” and more efficient than its competitors, pretty much all companies today need to consider that there may be times where “building” something…

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Paying Down Technical Debt

What Is Technical Debt? Technical Debt, also known as design debt or code debt, is the conceptualization of the potential or definitive cost incurred from prioritizing a fast delivery over code quality. We often think about this in terms of a monetary value but cost in this case can also be represented by work hours,…

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11 Leadership Practices That Could Sink Your Software Project

Software development projects can be foiled by management practices that seem sound in theory but rarely pay off when developing code. These seemingly sound practices make general business sense, but we should avoid “going all in on them” when developing software products or catastrophe may ensue. The author presents 11 management beliefs / truisms /…

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Does Your Code Smell?

“In computer programming, a code smell is any characteristic in the code that potentially indicates a deeper problem … Code smells are usually not bugs; they are not technically incorrect and do not prevent the program from functioning. Instead, they indicate weaknesses in design that may slow down development or increase the risk of bugs…

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The Gnar Quality Software, Faster™ Process

Thanks to our decades of enterprise-level software engineering experience and deep product development expertise, we have evolved a development process that enables us to successfully deliver high-quality code at a breakneck pace that we call the Quality Software, Faster process (QSF).   Here’s how we do it:   Kickoff Meeting Every software development project should begin…

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Communication Culture at the Gnar

Communication means sink or swim in consulting Thanks to technology, we have more ways to communicate than at any other time in history. But I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the average exchange has often become more difficult, burdensome, and ineffective. A person need only look at the ubiquitous comment section of…

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