Slowing Down to Speed Up

“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” – Anonymous, US Navy SEALs In life, and in business, there are no guaranteed outcomes. Yet it’s human nature to attempt to control and manage risk. One way managers traditionally try to manage risk is by pressing their teams to move faster, increase output, and push ahead. However,…

What is Technical Debt, and How to Deal with it

If you’re the owner of a large website or web application you may have heard your developers talking about something called technical debt. It’s frequently used in conversations about development practice, but many people don’t quite understand what it is. So, what exactly is technical debt, and how do we deal with it? How is…

What is JAMstack, and What is it Good For?

Alright, let’s get right to it. The JAM in JAMstack stands for Javascript, APIs and markup, and describes a methodology used to create and deploy modern websites. Your dev team may also call it a “static site.” Similar concept. There are many different implementations of this concept. Every dev team has their own preferences and…

Fixing Fundamentals in Web Development Education

One of the challenges our customers often bring to our attention is the difficulty in filling lower level web production roles. It’s a problem that we can relate to at Curious Minds, as we face the same issue when on-ramping new developers on to our team. Advertising a job opening for an entry-level front end…

What is Enterprise WordPress Maintenance? Part 1

If you are using WordPress as a critical part of your marketing or e-commerce infrastructure, understanding and addressing the ongoing maintenance needs of your installation is of paramount importance. In this series, Eric Meyer of Curious Minds will cover some of the issues that businesses face when using WordPress at scale, and make the case…