Working Time: Our Simple Philosophy

Working time and productivity are widely disputed subjects. What’s more important – the amount of time spent on something or visible work results? We’ve tried to answer those questions at Sunscrapers. That’s why we’ve created a work system that functions perfectly in our company.

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How to Plan Your Day Like a Genius

It can be a challenge to plan your day and squeeze all your tasks in 24 hours. And when you are moaning that you don’t have enough time to go to the gym or to call your mother, remind yourself that you’re not the only one with a tight schedule. Going further – all legendary people, like Mozart, Tchaikovsky or Kant, probably had the same issues. But they somehow managed to get the most from their days and now we will take a closer look how did they do this.

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Weekly Tech Talks: Fundamental Introduction to Git

This presentation is a brief introduction to Git distributed version control system (DVCS). We will start from configuring the Git CLI and then we discuss how Git works and what are its frequently used features.Git is called Distributed Version Control System, which means that in contrast to the Centralized Version Control Systems (CVCS), each user receives a complete copy of the repository. Every customer can also, if necessary, act as a server, and if the server has a breakdown, it is possible to restore it without any problems, using the client’s copy. The good side effect of such architecture is that the majority of operations in Git is based on local resources. This way, operations are made faster and are not dependent on the server, from which we obtained a repository. This also allows us to work without an active connection to network – offline.

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6 Tips to be More Productive Every Day

Time management is always a trendy subject. We believe that tips to be more productive every day is something you need. Why? All of us experienced those stressful situations in life, where we struggled to do all planned things during the day and we failed. Usually we were either too annoyed at ourselves about our poor time management or too exhausted to worry about it. But if you’ve reached your critical point and decided to do something about your productivity, read our favourite choices from plenty available techniques.

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Looking for developers? These are your best options!

There is a moment in a company life where existing team of developers is great and successful but there are not enough hands to work on a product. At this point, in-house recruitment starts to be a nightmare and extra support is needed – favourably as soon as possible. What can you do if you find yourself in this position? There are few options available and we will shortly describe you their pros and cons.

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Top 4 books you need to read in 2017

The beginning of the New Year is a great moment to look into ourselves and resolve some changes in our lives. Many people make typical New Year’s resolutions – they promise themselves that they will finally start exercising and lose few pounds or that they won’t be drinking that much coffee. We are not big fans of such promises, because they are easily forgotten around February. What’s a better idea then? Simply read a good book and inspire yourself to take real actions, not in the first months of 2017, but in the long term. Here are our 4 best books in the subject of self-development – if you haven’t read them yet, it might be a great moment to do it!

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Agile vs. waterfall – what’s better for my business?

For many years, the IT market was based on waterfall approach to software development projects. Then, more than 15 years ago, the agile methodology entered the scene and quickly dominated and capsized it. Obviously, that is why waterfall (traditional approach) is not that popular anymore. However we all know that when there are two options of doing something, there will be an emotional debate about which way is the best. Now, we will bombard you with information about both waterfall and agile, so you will be able to make an informed decision while choosing a perfect solution.

Waterfall – what is that?

Waterfall is the project management approach, where software development process is sequenced. It usually consists of 8 phases – conception, initiation, analysis, design, coding, testing, implementation and maintenance. When each phase is completed, project team can proceed to the next phase.

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Are you doomed to fail your IT project? Hourly rate vs. fixed price discussion

We know that choosing a good process to handle your IT project can be a headache. At first glance the fixed price might seem like the best possibility, but in fact it’s the hourly rate that seems to be the only reasonable option. What is more interesting, it is not even a matter of choice anymore. The software development landscape has changed so much recently that there is a high probability you will fail your project with fixed fee approach. Why? We will tell you now.

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Perfect decision: outsourcing to Poland

Outsourcing to Poland is nothing new – our country has been recently a huge market for foreign investments and it is prepared for a serious expansion in upcoming years. Poland is considered the number one investment location in the CEE region by AHK survey and most attractive location for nearshore outsourcing in Europe, according to recent Raconteur report. But those are economic statistics, and what about some significant real-life assets of Polish developers?

Knowledge

We brag about around 80,000 graduates in IT each year in Poland, although some may say that universities can not keep up with the rapidly changing market’s needs in scope of the new technologies. And yes, our IT market might be less mature than Western markets, but Polish developers are world-known for their proficiency in general technical knowledge. Did you know that Polish IT professionals get the highest ranks in international programming contests (Microsoft Imagine Cup, Google Code Jam, TopCoder, the Central European Programming Contest (CEPC), every year? We aim high in our commercial experience –  Polish development shops cooperate not only with world’s best tech startups located all around the world, but also with bigger players on the field.

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