Prime8 – the weekly GGA web roundup 15/6/2014

Welcome to Prime8 – the weekly GGA web roundup!   Prime8 is still reeling from Tuesday’s Brazil v Germany game. Not that he actually saw any of it though. You see, he’d just had his haircut in a ‘Neymar fringe’ style and, just as the match kicked-off, a gust of wind came into the GGA office and blew Read More

The Story of SilkThread: creating Labyrinth’s new Transport Compliance app – Part 1

Note to the reader: This is a joint blog between GGA and our client, Labyrinth Solutions Ltd, creators of a new product called SilkThread ™. It charts the creation of this new application from a developer’s AND client’s points of view. SilkThread ™ is a compliance-based web application which helps transport operators and hauliers comply with Read More

Prime8 – the weekly GGA web roundup 07/7/2014

A special hello to all our new readers this week. If you bore witness to the epic cluster f**k that was our Prime8 promotional email campaign then you’ll know that getting our new friends on board was, shall we say, a tad problematic?   Our regular readers though will know that this is just business Read More

How Do Serial Entrepreneurs Think?

quickmvp: Jonathan Siegel’s built and sold multiple tech companies (RightSignature, RightCart, RightScale, & ELC Technologies, to name a few). His most recent (Exceptional) sold for 8 figures after just 18 months, without any investors. Join us as Jonathan breaks down his startup formula—the four questions he asks of every business he starts and invests in. All Read More

Prime8 – the weekly GGA web roundup 30/6/2014

Prime8 has gone all Wimbledon this week. He’s wearing Fred Perry shirts, refusing to eat anything other than strawberries & cream, and has ‘The Best Of Cliff Richard’ on repeat on the office stereo. He’s been a bit of a d**k if I’m honest. Anyway, to get us started this week, here’s a Wimbledon-based joke…   Read More

The key to working smarter not harder … prioritisation!

At GGA we’ve spent a lot of time analysing how we actually spend our time. Paul (our MD) in particular was getting frustrated at not achieving the tasks that he knew would propel the business forward. As the end of our financial year approaches, the last couple of days at GGA have been focused on Read More

Deconstructing your work (and maybe your life)

As software developers we’re constantly tasked with taking on large-scale projects and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable development projects. In fact, the single most important facet of ‘Agile’ (the development methodology we use here at GGA) is to completely deconstruct each element of a project in order to constantly deliver easily digestible ‘chunks’ Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 23/06/2014

Well here we are again. After an optimistic start, England’s World Cup squad are once again facing coming home way too early. That single star on their shirts is starting to look more ‘McDonald’s till proficiency’ than ‘proud World football dominance’ isn’t it? Oh well, there’s always something else we’re good at to look forward Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 16/06/2014

You’ve got to hold and give But do it at the right time You can be slow or fast But you must get to the line They’ll always hit you and hurt you Defend and attack There’s only one way to beat them Get round the back Catch me if you can Cos’ I’m the England man And what you’re looking at Is the master plan We Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 09/06/2014

Prime8 was actually being well-behaved for a change for most of this week. He was solemnly remembering all the soldiers who lost their lives on D-Day all those 70 years ago fighting across a Europe that had become steeped in xenophobia, anger and fascism. He was meditating on the fact that these brave souls died Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 02/06/2014

This week, Prime8 has been getting into trouble. He’s been caught on camera smoking ‘herbal jazz cigarettes’ with the ultimate bad boys of Rock N Roll, One Direction. There’s nothing those lunatics won’t not do. Boy are they crazy! Their anti-establishment, punk rock, devil may-care attitude is really starting to rub off on Prime8. He’s Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 26/05/2014

Prime8 is sad this week. He accidently voted UKIP because he thought it was a party that celebrated having mid-afternoon naps. When we told him the truth he was pretty upset, especially when he discovered Nigel Farage is, in fact, a real person and not, as Prime8 thought, a comedy creation invented to shine a light on the Read More

Prime8: The weekly web roundup 17/05/2014

Prime8 has gone all ‘Nicole Kidman’ on us this week and had a facelift. He reckons he was looking a bit grumpy and ‘complicated’ so he’s gone and had all the creases straigtened out. He now looks all useful and bang-on trend wouldn’t you agree?   So with this renewed youthful vigour, lets have a Read More

An environment for working with multiple Rails projects

This post explains how I use nginx and dnsmasq in my development environment to streamline the process of working with several Rails projects. The nature of my work means that I work on a large number of Ruby on Rails projects, and I often switch between them several times a day. Like most people, I Read More

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GGA Dev Insights: Using Vim as a multi-language IDE

Last year, I wrote a post about using Vim as a PHP IDE. It turned out to be pretty popular, and I’ve been updating it despite the fact that I now write considerably more ruby than PHP. One of the things I love about vim is the level of support for languages and text formats. Read More

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?

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The key to working smarter not harder: prioritise

In a previous blog we discussed the importance of planning your day (read it here). Following on from that article, it became obvious that we had overlooked passing on a critical lesson to you. At GGA, we’ve spent a lot of time analysing how we actually spend our time. Paul (our MD) in particular was Read More

The secret to making everyday count: Plan it!

In a previous blog we discussed the importance of planning your week as a team (read it here). We know, it sounds obvious but not many companies we have spoken to actually do it. Well the same is true of planning your day. For Paul, our ‘enlightened founder’, it is now a habit and something that Read More

Ready, Set, Sprint: Planning your week

In a previous blog we discussed the virtues of planning your company’s work day via a daily standup (read it here). While this is a great way of micromanaging (and I mean that in a good way), promoting team interaction and addressing issues, relying solely on daily planning meetings doesn’t give you a high-level view Read More

Just say NO: How to disqualify your way to success.

It’s a pretty obvious statement that running a successful business is largely dependent on constantly winning new clients, projects and contracts. Keeping cash ringing through the register is what keeps a company moving forward and every sale can be classed as a well-deserved victory. However (and be honest now) how many of us have leapt Read More

Developer Workshops: Share the knowledge to boost creativity and motivation

As I’m typing this, 2 of our development team are sitting around our TV listening to a 3rd dev hold court on ‘immutable architecture’ and the pros and cons of us migrating over to Chef and Puppet. Yeah I’m not too sure what that means either, but I do know that these weekly workshops are now an Read More

The Weekly Retro: The best way to end the week (apart from going to the pub obviously)

At the end of a busy, stressful work week we all need to decompress a little bit. For a lot of us that process starts with a trip to the pub for a few cheeky weekend tipples, and while we here at GGA happily subscribe to that too, we also have a pre-pub activity that Read More

The daily standup: Your most important meeting of the day

If you work as part of a team, ask yourself how often you all get together to discuss what each of you are working on. Is it regularly? Sporadically? Never? If the answer is anything other than ‘regularly’ you are missing out on one of the most simple and effective techniques to improve your business Read More

How to build and launch a tech product in 5 days or less: The highs & lows of our first hackathon

EDIT: Hashed.io has now been taken down. Onwards and upwards! This is the story of how we developed a product called Hashed. It was originally written and blogged about on Friday 15th November 2013. so here it is unedited… A few weeks ago the GGA team made the group decision to stop all client service work Read More

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