Deploying Reports for SQL Server Reporting Services

by Santi Murtagh 4/10/2014

This is the long-overdue follow up to our Developing Reports for SQL Server Reporting Services post. Today I’m going to cover how to deploy your reports to an instance of SSRS. More...

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Software Engineering

Project Management – Retrospectives and Values

by Todd Guenther 4/3/2014

This is the fifth and final part of my series explaining how Don’t Panic Labs approaches project management through the lens of a software release cycle.

The release is out the door. Now it’s time to reflect on the work that’s been accomplished in the past weeks or months. It’s time for a retrospective. More...

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Project Management

3 Things About Our Communitarian of the Month That Will Shock You

by Amanda Garner 3/26/2014

This month we are recognizing Paul Bauer. Here are three things Paul had to say about volunteering: More...

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Communitarian | Community Service

Non-Social Startups

by Nate Lowry 3/20/2014

We see a lot in the news about startups that seem to be primarily focused on social media and hype. Often, it seems they only want to acquire users but provide them no (or very little) value. But what we don’t hear about very much are what I like to call the “others”; the startups that don’t rely on social media to drive sales or add users. More...

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Entrepreneurship

Project Management – Iteration Planning and Daily Standups

by Todd Guenther 3/13/2014

This is the fourth part of my series explaining how Don’t Panic Labs approaches project management through the lens of a software release cycle.

At this point we have our items identified, estimated, and ordered for the release. It’s now time to schedule our iterations. More...

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Project Management

We Love When People Learn to Code

by Nate Lowry 3/5/2014

We love when people learn to code and we love teaching folks to code. It’s a great investment in ourselves and our community. Omaha Code School has been in the news lately. They have quite the space.

But, like true hipsters, we thought of this first. :) More...

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Community Service

Brian Zimmer – Communitarian of the Month

by Amanda Garner 2/27/2014

This month we are recognizing Don’t Panic Labs’ General Manager Brian Zimmer. Here's what he told us when we asked about his volunteer experiences. More...

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Communitarian | Community Service

Project Management – How We Estimate

by Todd Guenther 2/20/2014

This is the third part of my series explaining how Don’t Panic Labs approaches project management through the lens of a software release cycle.

We’ve just finished up initial release planning and have given Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates to each work item. We came up with a way of estimating that’s worked well for us. It’s a simple point system that’s easy for everyone to get their heads around. More...

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Project Management

The Perfect Developer Laptop?

by Steve Kiene 2/13/2014

I have been using a laptop as my primary machine since about 1998. I have traditionally bought the fastest, biggest screen, biggest hard drive, most RAM beast I could find. I started with Apple laptops and then made the switch to Wintel after a few years. I usually bought a new machine every year or so. But for four and a half years I used a Dell Precision M6400 with its monstrous 17" 1920x1200 screen and nearly 10 lb weight. It was a beast and it was solid. The keyboard is still the best laptop keyboard I have ever used. More...

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Software Development Tips & Tricks

Project Management – Release Planning

by Todd Guenther 2/6/2014

This is the second part of my series explaining how Don’t Panic Labs approaches project management through the lens of a software release cycle.

How we approach release planning varies, but for this post I’ll focus a common approach we use: Themed Release Cycles.More...

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Project Management