Startup Train Mentors Series! Douglas Soltys from Betakit

June 26, 2017 Uncategorized, Guelph, Startup Train

Welcome to our Startup Train Mentor Series. Over the next several days we will be highlighting the amazing mentors we have in store for our Startup Train journey. Douglas Soltys (above, left) is Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. BetaKit is a media publication covering Canadian startups and tech innovation in Canada. Douglas has worked for a few …

Just-In-Time Delivery: The Story of Agile

November 3, 2016 Blog

In a previous life, I used to work as an engineer. I used to monitor hundreds of American cars being built every day in automotive plants all over the good ‘ol US of A. These plants were huge. You could walk from one end of the plant to the other, and actually end up walking a couple of miles. Some …

Creating Corporate Soul

October 20, 2016 Business, Blog, Guelph

I am a happy person. I am a team player, enthusiastic, and creative. I get along well with others and play nicely in the sandbox. So it came as a shock a few years ago to find myself completely miserable at work. On paper, the organization had all the ingredients of my dream job: start-up atmosphere, flexible work schedule, room …

Anatomy of a Mobile Application: Relational Databases

October 5, 2016 Blog

(Mobile applications have become so smooth that we can forget about the many unseen pieces making it work. It’s easy to forget that the user interface is only a piece of a much larger architecture. A successful mobile app has a layer of backend components to support it. When planning to create a new mobile application, or update an existing …

Your Spaceship Is Actually A Boat

September 21, 2016 Blog, Guelph

Our team spent some time last week reviewing our marketing and messaging. As it often does, the topic of process, and specifically, scope management came up. We were outlining a few examples of how our teams work with our clients on scope management and how we explain software development when Kristin jumped in to summarize her perspective. I’m paraphrasing here …

Moving a Table up the Stairs : Lessons in Teamwork

September 7, 2016 Blog

On April 20th, 2016 I began my first full day on the other side of Band of Coders. No longer a client but now part of the team at Band of Coders. My confidence in my ability to grow the company, coupled with seeing some values I’ve experienced as a client, are few things that made me join this team …

Upgrading to Rails 5.0

August 24, 2016 Blog

Rails 5.0 was released just over a month ago, and with no major releases since then it’s fair to say the team produced a really solid 5.0.0 version. There have been a number of articles detailing the changes to Rails in 5.0, so I won’t rehash the low-level changes here. What I want to do instead is outline a case …

Anatomy of a Mobile App: The API Server

August 11, 2016 Blog

(Mobile applications have become so smooth that we can forget about the many unseen pieces making it work. It’s easy to forget that the user interface is only a piece of a much larger architecture. A successful mobile app has a layer of backend components to support it. When planning to create a new mobile application, or update an existing …