An introduction to Progressive Web Apps

The world of web development is currently getting very excited about something called the Progressive Web App (PWA). When a delegation from the Money Advice Service Front End team attended the Render Front End Conference earlier this year it was the subject that dominated throughout. Bruce Lawson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Opera, set the scene in the conference’s opening talk. Bruce’s starting […]

Getting your stakeholders involved in agile processes

We recently launched the Your Money Advice blog, a companion website to the main Money Advice Service site with the aim to present content in a more conversational and accessible way. A notable difference with this project was that the key stakeholders attended the daily stand-ups, and there were some distinct benefits as a result. It allowed […]

Making with Dough

Over the last year, we’ve been putting together a reusable component library for use on our site. It’s called Dough and it’s now powering nearly all of our common UI elements across a suite of around twenty five tools, calculators and websites.  It’s completely open source and available for you to use too. Dough is a collection of server side helpers […]

Speaking at Ancient City Ruby 2015

I’m excited to announce I’ll be attending and speaking at Ancient City Ruby again this year. After last year’s all-round excellent conference I was hoping I’d bag an invite for 2015. I mean – how many conferences can boast activities including outings on a pirate ship? Hosted in St. Augustine, in the Sunshine State of Florida […]

Codebar: 3rd December at the Money Advice Service

I’m pleased to announce that the Money Advice Service are hosting a Codebar workshop event on Wednesday 3rd December. Codebar is all about getting underrepresented groups into programming and helping people learn basic programming skills for fun primarily, but also with potential guidance for moving into a career in programming or indeed the tech industry at […]

Rails Israel 2014 – A Summary

As I write this I’m on my way back from Tel Aviv, Israel having attended and spoken at Rails Israel 2014. With just a short three days I was lucky to get some sight seeing time in, but more importantly I enjoyed an absolutely terrific conference. The day started out with a live magic performance, something you might not expect […]

Speaking at Rails Israel 2014

This weekend I’ll be heading off to represent the Money Advice Service at the Rails Israel 2014 conference, hosted in Tel Aviv, to give my talk Rescue Squad: RAILS EDITION! I’ll be talking primarily on rescuing legacy rails projects, although many of the ideas I present are more than applicable to any large, legacy software project. I’ll speak […]

Agile and Predictability

A post in my RSS feed caught my attention recently. It’s by James Shore, author of “The Art of Agile”. His post is in response to this conversation on an Agile mailing list, about whether Agile can help with predictability in software development. The conversation got me thinking… and here’s my perspective. There are two scenarios where […]