Docker as Development Environment

In our everyday life at Evermore, we have to support and maintain many different software products for our clients. Each project has its own needs and requirements, which usually means that we have to deal with applications based on different technology stacks with different versions of tools and libraries. If you have to deal with the tech stacks of five or six different clients, it becomes really hard to match all the software versions that you…


Creating better time estimates for your projects

This time of the year we usually go for our winter team building to ski and snowboard together for a couple of days. 2017 started different for us. While we all enjoy most aspects of working remotely there are times when it is a lot better to share the same physical location. After several months of work we recently delivered an intranet application for a mid size organisation. This provided us with some breathing space and it seemed good timing…


Getting Better in Product Development (A Personal Narrative)

In his latest post Avi mentioned that we are getting better with estimating and managing our workload. I can confirm this is all true; we learned a lot in the last couple of years and we keep learning. I decided to share some of the most important steps in my workflow as a product manager; things I'm doing better than before and things I intend to do even better. Before I start I'd like to make it clear that we are an agency. In most of the times…


Status Check

This is an update of an old blog post I originally wrote 3 and half years ago while I was living in Brussels. At the time I wrote it I was heavily under the Basecamp influence. What has changed for us since March 2013? We still use Basecamp for small projects and Harvest for time tracking, estimates and invoices. We replaced Campfire with Slack and we try to stay off e-mails as much as possible. In terms of people we are now 8 people living in…


Road Bumps in Project Management Pt. 2

Last week my colleague and friend Ivo wrote a short piece about his experiences in project management. I decided to do a second instalment, but in this article I'll focus on internal issues mainly. Now I'd like to make it clear that our company is dealing mostly with web stuff. However, I feel like the things I'm going to talk might come useful in the offline world and not only for project managers. Then this little write-up doesn't even intend…


Road Bumps in Project Management Pt. 1

It is now almost 1 year since I began my occupation in project management and I've noticed a pattern of useful steps which I feel are worth sharing. Introducing clients to the process "We are almost done, but the client is mocking up ideas for the navigation." Clients should be fully aware of the whole process and each cycle in it. From the very beginning when the development team collects necessary insights about the requirements, through the in…