Burnout in Agile Teams – what are Bluefruit’s strategies to prevent it?

One of our favourite conferences “Agile on the Beach” took place 3 weeks ago in Falmouth. If you haven't come across it yet and work in an agile / tech environment we really recommend this conference which boasts multiple talks over 2 days, exploring the latest techniques Software Development & Delivery, Business Agility, Agile Teams & Practices, Product Design, and Management.

Behaviour Driven Development with Gherkin

Efficient software development occurs when the required functionality is understood unambiguously prior to development work commencing. The key goal is to describe the behaviour concisely in a human-readable way that non-technical stakeholders can understand. These conversations start communication about the requirements very early, improving quality and understanding for everyone involved.

Agile on the Beach Coding Retreat 2018

Agile on the Beach code retreat

For most of us a retreat is a place where you can relax, unwind, find solitude, or remain in silence. Not quite what our colleagues had in mind when they signed up for a 2-day Coding Retreat, hosted by Agile on the Beach and run by gurus Kevlin Henney and Jon Jagger.

Responsibilities of a Software Test Engineer

Hi, I’m Heather and I’m a Test Engineer here at Bluefruit. In this blogpost, I’m going to explain what Software Test Engineers at Bluefruit do, and how this can be of benefit to both software teams and clients. Testing is a vast, and tremendously important topic in software development. To be a good tester, you don’t necessarily have to know how to code, though you must be extremely inquisitive and have a good eye for detail.

Monday Motivation: It’s the little things that count.

Over the past week there has been a large amount of news coverage on the huge amount of plastics washed up on Cornish beaches. Inspired, a few members of the Bluefruit team decided it would be fun to do a beach clean over lunch. We rallied the troops and made the 10 minute drive down to Portreath only to find a very clean looking beach.

Paul Massey talks about “Estimates & Contracts”

This time of year, we are busy planning our annual Christmas party. The recent cold weather has made us reminisce about warm Cornish summer days when one of our favourite conferences takes place: Agile on the Beach! More than 400 attendees joined the conference in Falmouth, which stretched over 2 days. It covered talks on 5 different themes from software development (including coding, testing, delivery techniques, and tools) to agility in business.

Code Smells: Improving a sense of smell in low level debugging

Code Smells...But what is exactly a code smell? Most developers are good at scrutinising code to look for bugs and errors – does the code do what it is supposed to do? Code smells are indicators about parts of the code which are not habitable – is the code readable, easily understandable and extendable, and maintainable?

Quality in Embedded Software – How Do We Achieve It?

In our previous blog post we talked about why high quality software is so critical to Bluefruit and that it is at the heart of everything we do. This week we'd like to speak about HOW we achieve quality in our projects. Hint: it's all to do with good communication, testing, and more testing!