Project Management – How We Do It

by Todd Guenther 3/31/2015

Project management is how software companies manage their various overlapping development efforts while building great software. Likewise, a project manager oversees those efforts. Taking notes, tracking progress, recording milestones, and holding meetings are just a few tasks project managers handle every day. More...

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Project Management

Nebraska Code Follow-up

by Doug Durham 3/20/2015

We were overwhelmed by the attendance and response to the presentation we gave at the 2015 Nebraska Code conference on how we approach product development at Nebraska Global / Don’t Panic Labs. It was great to have so many people interested in what we do and how we do it.

Afterwards, we were asked by several people if they could get a copy of our slide deck for their reference.To that we say, “But of course!” You can download it here.

 

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Software Engineering

Thoughts on ‘Generation STEM’ from the Girl Scout Research Institute

by Nate Lowry 11/13/2014

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields are important. One of the saddest realities of our field is the huge drop in the percentage of women in computer science over the past few decades. The Girl Scouts Research Institute took a good look at why that’s happening and how to change it. [PDF]

After surveying 852 teen girls, the institute split the results into two groups: STEM Girls (girls that are interested in STEM) and non-STEM girls (girls that are not interested in STEM). More...

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Leadership | Software Engineering

Rounded Corners with Transparent Backgrounds in WPF

by Nate Lowry 10/30/2014

Rounded corners for a WPF app can give it an impressive look. But problems can arise when you don’t have attributes on the window set up quite right.

For example, we have a white background that’s killing the corner roundness. Luckily there’s an easy way to get rid of that. More...

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Andy Unterseher – Communitarian of the Month

by Amanda Garner 7/31/2014

This month we are recognizing engineer Andy Unterseher. Here's what he told us when we asked about his volunteer experiences. More...

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Communitarian | Community Service

The Odd-yssey: My Epic Journey Chasing Down Webpage Performance Issues

by Nate Lowry 7/2/2014

No debugging adventure is boring.

As a case in point, I was recently trying to nail down the cause of some weird behavior experienced by a specific customer with a specific setup on a specific mobile device running EliteForm’s Paperless application. The majority of the work on Paperless was completed by our student-lead Design Studio team so I wasn’t fully sure of all the nuances in the code. They did an awesome job with the app and ran into many of these issues along the way, but as often happens with code there’s always another bug hiding somewhere. More...

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Branden Barber - Communitarian of the Month

by Amanda Garner 6/20/2014

This month we are recognizing engineer Branden Barber. Here's what he told us when we asked about his volunteer experiences.

We should also note that Branden’s been volunteering with Don’t Panic Labs even before he was a full-time employee. Here’s a video that includes Branden spending time at the Boys & Girls Club as an intern in 2011. More...

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Communitarian | Community Service

You Can Support Teaching Kids to Code

by Nate Lowry 5/28/2014

We put a lot of time and effort into teaching 3rd-5th graders in Lincoln how to code through Community Learning Centers (CLC). They’re using Scratch, ROBOTS, and being extra creative while learning teamwork and problem-solving skills. We want to expand this program to even more schools, but we need your help. More...

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Community Service

Avery Klein - Communitarian of the Month

by Amanda Garner 5/27/2014

This month we are recognizing Quality Assurance Engineer Avery Klein. Here's what he told us when we asked about his volunteer experiences. More...

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Communitarian | Community Service

Learning to Code

by Nate Lowry 5/9/2014

A lot of people have been asking recently, “How do I get into coding?” We happen to really, really love coding and are happy to share what we know. We realize that everyone’s journey is different and emphasize that there certainly is no silver bullet that guarantees success. With that in mind, we assembled some tips to help you on your way. More...

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