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  • A change in the forecasted project plans doesn't have to spell disaster. Build trust and solve your roadblocks with these tips:

    Change in the Forecast? No Problem- Let's Rework Your Project Plan

    Picture yourself two sprints into a project as you come to a stark realization: after completing the up-front technical discovery for the project as well as uncovering complexities that you didn't realize during estimations before the project was sold, you forecast that your current project timeline will not provide what your team needs to deliver a quality product in time.

  • User stories are an incredible tool for product development— *if* you use them correctly. Learn how to get the most out of your user stories with our latest post from Katie McCoy: #tips #tricks #userstories #productmanagement #scrum

    Top 5 User Story Mistakes You Can Make as a Product Manager

    In 1998, Kent Beck introduced the concept of user stories as part of Extreme Programming (XP). Beck's intent with user stories was to encourage conversation and storytelling within software development. User stories remind us to pay attention to the end users we're building products for ("who"), their objectives and goals ("what"), and the benefit or value they will gain ("why").

  • Org structure is a touchy subject for some, but with the right balance of autonomy and accountability, it can actually be empowering to give a bit of structure to things.

    Autonomy For Activities, Accountability Over Outcomes

    If you spend any time working in tech, "hierarchy" can quickly start to feel like a dirty word. Big name Silicon Valley companies and small startups alike have been shying away from grand titles and rigid structures for at least the last decade, and at times it can seem like even thinking about "management"or a "chain of command" could get you exiled to the margins forever.

  • QA testing and processes are often an afterthought in software development, but they absolutely should not be. Read why in our latest post:

    The Case for QA in Agile - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Written by: Sahil Gera What role does QA play while working in Agile teams? Is it even possible to build a successful product without dedicating significant effort towards QA? If not, how can teams strive to reduce their development time and effort while simultaneously achieving the highest possible level of quality?

  • We all want to feel free to explore our creative side— but what if adding in some restrictions actually makes that easier? Our latest blog post on why project constraints can actually open up creative opportunities:

    How Restrictions Can Liberate Your Work - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    When we think of creativity, we think of boundless ideas. We think of freedom, of playful curiosity that leads you from one thought to the next, like stones skipping across the surface of the water. We think of wide open fields for the mind to figuratively run and jump and skip through, beholden to nothing and constrained by no borders.

  • We've been honoured in two categories this year as a B Corporation Best for the World company. Read about what it means to us: #blog #bthechange #bcorp #bestfortheworld #betterbusiness

    Best For The World 2018 - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Every year, B Corporation shares out their Best for the World lists. The lists recognize organizations that have excelled in six B Corp aligned categories: Workers, Governance, Environment, Community, Customers, and Overall.

  • We spoke with one of our advisors, Leslie Shannon (Head of Ecosystem and Trends Scouting at Nokia), about the future of voice interactivity and what to expect from it in workplace settings.

    Talking the Talk: Where Voice Control Is Taking Us - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google's unnamed voice assistant... The list of voice controlled systems and their associated home-ready devices is growing. And alongside that growth is a fair bit of ink spent discussing the myriad benefits and occasional failings of these creations, and a glut of videos showcasing their abilities (and odd quirks).

  • The Road Less Traveled By— Why taking degree requirements off the must-have list leads to better staff outcomes:

    The Road Less Traveled By - Leigh Bryant - Medium

    I joined Myplanet as a Copywriter several years ago with a fairly hodge-podge mix of writing and other employment credits making up my "relevant" work experience. And when I say a hodge-podge mix, I mean it.

  • "Dear Junior Web Developers..." Take a read through this letter from one of our seasoned vets, Jerry Low, to new devs (or anyone looking to improve in their careers, really):

    Dear Junior Web Developers: My Wisdom to You - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Over the years of being a developer I'd like to think I've cultivated some healthy habits (and probably an equal amount of bad ones, but that's for another article). If I had a time machine I would love to visit my younger self and pass on this wisdom, but we all know that's impossible.

  • Getting B Corporation certified wasn't just a box we checked, it was a commitment to continuous improvement in how we do business at every level.

    Being a B Corp: It Matters - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Six years ago, still a scrappy startup with stars in our eyes, we became a certified B Corporation for the first time. We were the first tech company in Toronto to achieve the designation and one of the first businesses in Canada with the certification.

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