How the code in your car is paving the future of software delivery

“The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson

Golf And Product Management: An Unlikely Parallel?

For 14 years of my life I thought I would pursue a career in professional golf. That was my goal from the time I was 8 years old, so day-in and day-out I focused on that goal with endless hours of practice, physical awareness, health and later, an - NCAA DI scholarship and tournament wins.

The Key To Successful Software Lifecycle Integration Deployments

I experienced my first small earthquake (a 4.7 magnitude on the Richter scale) in Vancouver, over the Christmas holiday. I didn’t even realize it was happening, since I was sleeping.  This got me thinking about planning, not only for my family’s safety, but also in general. 

Lean transformation predictions for 2016: SDLC wanes, Agile thrives, DevOps and dev tools drive disruption

Over the course of 2015 I got exposed to many companies going through Lean software delivery transformations--some very successful, but many less so.  Tasktop’s customer base grew dramatically in 2014 and that growth accelerated in 2015.

Product Managers Don’t DO Anything

It was quite a sobering moment when the fact dawned on me. We were doing our fiscal year strategic planning and going through each department discussing priorities.  Seems simple enough.  But what happened next stopped me in my tracks.

Mik, our CEO, said, “OK - let’s work on the metrics we’ll use to measure your department. Nicole, why don’t you go first.”

Dead silence. How can I measure what my team does? And, you know the old quote, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it or improve it.” I was not feeling fabulous at that moment.

What It's Like Working At Tasktop

Tasktop has at least 7 co-op students year-round at our Vancouver headquarters. They are here for eight-month internships of development, quality assurance, and solutions work. But, what distinguishes Tasktop from any other software company in Vancouver? And moreover, what’s working at Tasktop really like?

Tasktop Named a Finalist for the Minister's Award for Export Job Creation

The British Columbia Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies and honour them for their excellence and achievements in twelve different categories. This year, Tasktop was pleased to learn that we were one of three finalists for the Minister’s Award for Export Job Creation. This award is presented to a company who through financial investment has created expansion and new opportunities for sustained employment.

Break Your Hand, It's Good For You

As a software engineer, the thought of breaking bones in my hand makes me wince. It's a worst nightmare that I'd really rather not think about. Apart from the pain involved, my hands are the essential conduit that I use to manifest my ideas as code. As I approached a fallen tree at full speed on my bicycle on the commute home, this was the farthest thing from my mind. Moments later, my body lighting up with pain after hitting the trail hard, I knew without a doubt that my hand was broken. Little did I know that this would be the start of a great discovery.

Continuous Planning and Workflow

At Tasktop, our engineering teams have been using an Agile Scrum process for years, with great results for our software delivery. This process has helped us to reduce waste and provide predictability and visibility in our integration factory, which delivers 4 on-time releases every year.

Thinking Days: Tasktop Product Management 5% Time

How do you deal with the important but not urgent activities in your job? Like most people, we used to push them out until they decided to morph into very urgent and then, well, that’s when we get to them. We’ve all heard about the need to sharpen your axe. Taking time to sharpen the axe is important, but not very urgent. So what do we do? We swing harder. We swing faster. What we don’t do is swing smarter.

The Tasktop Product Management team decided to change this.
We decided to implement a ‘Thinking Day’.