5 VSCode Themes Every Developer Must Try in 2021

Visual Studio Code is a code editor developed by Microsoft and it is by far the most popular code editor for web, app, and hardware developers. It has won the hearts of many developers in recent years along with creating a huge community of developers behind it.

It comes with tons of features and room for customizability. You can rearrange and move things as you wish. You have extensions and themes to give a refreshing and different taste to your development environment.

As developers, we are mostly staring at the screen and, to be precise, at our code editors. And I believe that sometimes customizing the look and feel of the editor can bring about a unique and refreshing change in the overall experience and enhance it. It is equal to having bought a shiny new laptop.

In this post, I have listed out some of my favorite VSCode themes and I am sure you will leave with a new theme to try out to make your workplace more elegant. Without further delay, let’s get into it.

1. One dark Pro

This a one of the most downloaded themes with nearing 4M downloads. The look it provides is the trendy dark color, with minimalistic flavor, which we all developers love, crave, and fantasize for.

Those familiar with atom editor, can experience the look and feel of it within our favorite vs code editor.

2. Dracula

This is another extremely beautiful theme based on the dark theme. Dracula’s color scheme and UI theme are perfectly tailored for programming and are aesthetically pleasing as well.

3. Shades of Purple

This is one of the themes everyone must at least try once, for a refreshing and unique theme, which consists of beautiful and aesthetically pleasing shades of purple. This theme will make you fall in love with your editor all over again.

4. Night Owl

This theme as the name suggests is designed with keeping in mind the owl-like nature of developers who are active at night. It is another beautiful dark theme to try out.

Also, this theme comes with a lighter version, for those who are not a fan of dark themes.

5. Palenight

This is an elegant theme that uses a material-inspired theme and looks pleasing to the eye. Everyone should give this a shot! You going to love it.

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Migrating From Jira Server: Guide, Pros, And Cons

February 15, 2022 marked a significant milestone in Atlassian’s Server EOL (End Of Life) roadmap. This was not the final step. We still have two major milestones ahead of us: end of new app sales in Feb 2023, and end of support in Feb 2024. In simpler words, businesses still have enough time to migrate their Jira Server to one of the two available products – Atlassian Cloud or Atlassian DC. But the clock is ticking. 

Jira Cloud VS Data Center

If we were to go by Atlassian numbers, 95% of their new customers choose cloud. 

“About 80% of Fortune 500 companies have an Atlassian Cloud license. More than 90% of new customers choose cloud first.” – Daniel Scott, Product Marketing Director, Tempo

So that’s settled, right? We are migrating from Server to Cloud? And what about the solution fewer people talk about yet many users rely on – Jira DC? 

Both are viable options and your choice will depend greatly on the needs of your business, your available resources, and operational processes. 

Let’s start by taking a look at the functionality offered by Atlassian Cloud and Atlassian DC.

FeatureAtlassian CloudAtlassian Data Center
Product PlansMultiple plansOne plan
BillingMonthly and annualAnnual only
Pricing modelPer user or tieredTiered only
SupportVarying support levels depending on your plan: Enterprise support coverage is equivalent to Atlassian’s Data Center Premier Support offeringVarying support levels depending on the package: Priority Support or Premier Support (purchased separately)
Total Cost of OwnershipTCO includes your subscription fee, plus product administration timeTCO includes your subscription fee and product administration time, plus: costs related to infrastructure provisioning or IaaS fees (for example, AWS costs) planned downtime time and resources needed for software upgrades
Data encryption services✅❌
Data residency services✅❌
Audit loggingOrganization-level audit logging available via Atlassian Access (Jira Software, Confluence) 

Product-level audit logs (Jira Software, Confluence)
Advanced audit logging
Device securityMobile device management support (Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Management)

Mobile application management (currently on the roadmap)
Mobile device management support (Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Management) 
Content security✅❌
Data Storage limits2 GB (Free)

250 GB (Standard)

Unlimited storage (Premium and Enterprise)
No limits
PerformanceContinuous performance updates to improve load times, search responsiveness, and attachments

Cloud infrastructure hosted in six geographic regions to reduce latency
 
Rate limitingCDN supports Smart mirrors and mirror farms (Bitbucket)
Backup and data disaster recoveryJira leverages multiple geographically diverse data centers, has a comprehensive backup program, and gains assurance by regularly testing their disaster recovery and business continuity plans. 

Backups are generated daily and retained for 30 days to allow for point-in-time data restoration
❌
Containerization and orchestration✅Docker images

Kubernetes support (on the roadmap for now)
Change management and upgradesAtlassian automatically handles software and security upgrades for you Sandbox instance to test changes (Premium and Enterprise) 

Release track options for Premium and Enterprise (Jira Software, Jira Service Management, Confluence)
❌
Direct access to the databaseNo direct access to change the database structure, file system, or other server infrastructure

Extensive REST APIs for programmatic data access
Direct database access
Insights and reportingOrganization and admin insights to track adoption of Atlassian products, and evaluate the security of your organization.Data Pipeline for advanced insightsConfluence analytics

Pros and cons of Jira Cloud

When talking about pros and cons, there’s always a chance that a competitive advantage for some is a dealbreaker for others. That’s why I decided to talk about pros and cons in matching pairs. 

Pro: Scalability is one of the primary reasons businesses are choosing Jira Cloud. DC is technically also scalable, but you’ll need to scale on your own whereas the cloud version allows for the infrastructure to scale with your business. 

Con: Despite the cloud’s ability to grow with your business, there is still a user limit of 35k users. In addition to that, the costs will grow alongside your needs. New users, licenses, storage, and computing power – all come at an additional cost. So, when your organization reaches a certain size, migrating to Jira DC becomes more cost-efficient.

Pro: Jira takes care of maintenance and support for you.

Con: Your business can suffer from unpredicted downtime. And there are certain security risks.  

Pro: Extra bells and whistles: 

  • Sandbox: Sandbox is a safe environment system admins can use to test applications and integrations before rolling them out to the production environment. 
  • Release tracks: Admins can be more flexible with their product releases as they can access batch and control cloud releases. This means they’ll have much more time to test existing configurations and workflows against a new update. 
  • Insight Discovery: More data means more ways you can impact your business or product in a positive, meaningful way. 
  • Team Calendars: This is a handy feature for synchronization and synergy across teams. 

Con: Most of these features are locked behind a paywall and are only available to either Premium and Enterprise or only Enterprise licenses (either fully or through addition of functionality. For example, Release tracks are only available to Enterprise customers.) In addition, the costs will grow as you scale the offering to fit your growing needs. 

Pros and cons of Jira Data Center

I’ll be taking the same approach to talking about the pros and cons as I did when writing about Atlassian Cloud. Pros and cons are paired. 

Pro: Hosting your own system means you can scale horizontally and vertically through additional hardware. Extension of your systems is seamless, and there is no downtime (if you do everything correctly). Lastly, you don’t have to worry about the user limit – there is none. 

Con: While having more control over your systems is great, it implies a dedicated staff of engineers, additional expenses on software licensing, hardware, and physical space. Moreover, seamless extension and 0% downtime are entirely on you.

Pro: Atlassian has updated the DC offering with native bundled applications such as Advanced Roadmaps, team calendars and analytics for confluence, insight asset management, and insight discovery in Jira Service Management DC.

Con: Atlassian has updated their pricing to reflect these changes. And you are still getting fewer “bells and whistles” than Jira Cloud users (as we can see from the feature comparison). 

Pro: You are technically safer as the system is supported on your hardware by your specialists. Any and all Jira server issues, poor updates, and downtime are simply not your concern.
 

Con: Atlassian offers excellent security options: data encryption in transit and rest, to mobile app management, to audit offerings and API token controls. In their absence, your team company has to dedicate additional resources to security. 

Pro: Additional benefits from Atlassian, such as the Priority Support bundle (all DC subscriptions have this option), and the Data center loyalty discount (more on that in the pricing section.)

The Pricing

Talking about pricing of SaaS products is always a challenge as there are always multiple tiers and various pay-as-you go features. Barebones Jira Cloud, for instance, is completely free of charge, yet there are a series of serious limitations. 

Standard Jira Cloud will cost you an average of $7.50 per user per month while premium cranks that price up to $14.50. The Enterprise plan is billed annually and the cost is determined on a case-by-case basis. You can see the full comparison of Jira Cloud plans here. And you can use this online calculator to learn the cost of ownership in your particular case.

50 UsersStandard (Monthly/Annually)Premium (Monthly/Annually)
Jira Software$387.50 / $3,900$762.50 / $7,650
Jira Work Management$250 / $2,500❌
Jira Service Management$866.25 / $8,650$2,138.25 / $21,500
Confluence$287.50 / $2,900$550 / $5,500
100 UsersStandard (Monthly/Annually)Premium (Monthly/Annually)
Jira Software$775 / $7,750$1,525 / $15,250
Jira Work Management$500 / $5,000❌
Jira Service Management$1,653.75 / $16,550$4,185.75 / $42,000
Confluence$575 / $5,750$1,100 / $11,000
500 UsersStandard (Monthly/Annually)Premium (Monthly/Annually)
Jira Software$3,140 / $31,500$5,107.50 / $51,000 
Jira Work Management$1,850 / $18,500❌
Jira Service Management$4,541.25 / $45,400$11,693.25 / $117,000
Confluence$2,060 / $20,500$3,780 / $37,800

Please note that these prices were calculated without any apps included. 

Jira Data Center starts at $42,000 per year and the plan includes up to 500 users. If you are a new client and are not eligible for any discounts*, here’s a chart that should give you an idea as to the cost of ownership of Jira DC. You can find more information regarding your specific case here.

UsersCommercial Annual PlanAcademic Annual Plan
1-500USD 42,000USD 21,000
501-1000USD 72,000USD 36,000
1001-2000USD 120,000USD 60,000
Confluence for Data Center  
1-500USD 27,000USD 13,500
501-1000USD 48,000USD 24,000
1001-2000USD 84,000USD 42,000
Bitbucket for Data Center  
1-25USD 2,300USD 1,150
26-50USD 4,200USD 2,100
51-100USD 7,600USD 3,800
Jira Service Management for Data Center  
1-50USD 17,200USD 8,600
51-100USD 28,600USD 14,300
101-250USD 51,500USD 25,750

*Discounts:

  • Centralized per-user licensing allows users access all enterprise instances with a single Enterprise license.
  • There’s an option for dual licensing for users who purchase an annual cloud subscription with 1,001 or more users. In this case, Atlassian extends your existing server maintenance or Data Center subscription for up to one year at a 100% discount.
  • There are certain discounts for apps depending on your partnership level.
  • Depending on your situation, you may qualify for several Jira Data Center discount programs:

What should be your User Migration strategy?

Originally, there were several migration methods: Jira Cloud Migration Assistant, Jira Cloud Site Import, and there was an option to migrate via CSV export (though Jira actively discourages you from using this method). However, Jira’s team has focused their efforts on improving the Migration Assistant and have chosen to discontinue Cloud Site Import support.

Thanks to the broadened functionality of the assistant, it is now the only go-to method for migration with just one exception. If you are migrating over 1000 users and you absolutely need to migrate advanced roadmaps – you’ll need to rely on Site Import. At least for now, as Jira is actively working on implementing this feature in their assistant.

Here’s a quick comparison of the options and their limitations.

 FeaturesLimitations
Cloud Migration AssistantApp migration

Existing data on a Cloud Site is not overwritten

You choose the projects, users, and groups you want to migrate

Jira Service Management customer account migration

Better UI to guide you through the migration

Potential migration errors are displayed in advance

Migration can be done in phases reducing the downtime

Pre- and post-migration reports
You must be on a supported self-managed version of Jira
Site ExportCan migrate Advanced RoadmapsApp data is not migrated

Migration overrides existing data on the Cloud site

Separate user importUsers from external directories are not migrated

No choice of data you want or don’t want migrated

There’s a need to split attachments into up to 5GB chunks

Higher risks of downtime due to the “all or nothing” approach

You must be on a supported self-managed version of Jira

Pro tip: If you have a large base of users (above 2000), migrate them before you migrate projects and spaces. This way, you will not disrupt the workflow as users are still working on Server and the latter migration of data will take less time. 

How to migrate to Jira Cloud

Now that we have settled on one particular offering based on available pricing models as well as the pros and the cons that matter the most to your organization, let’s talk about the “how”. 

How does one migrate from Jira Server to Jira Cloud?

Pre-migration checklist

Jira’s Cloud Migration Assistant is a handy tool. It will automatically review your data for common errors. But it is incapable of doing all of the work for you. That’s why we – and Atlassian for that matter – recommend creating a pre-migration checklist.   

Smart Checklist will help you craft an actionable, context-rich checklist directly inside a Jira ticket. This way, none of the tasks will be missed, lost, or abandoned. 

Below is an example of how your migration checklist will look like in Jira. 

Feel free to copy the code and paste it into your Smart Checklist editor and you’ll have the checklist at the ready. 

# Create a user migration plan #must
> Please keep in mind that Jira Cloud Migration Assistant migrates all users and groups as well as users and groups related to selected projects
- Sync your user base
- Verify synchronization
- External users sync verification
- Active external directory verification
## Check your Jira Server version #must
- Verify via user interface or Support Zip Product Version Verification
> Jira Migration Assistant will not work unless Jira is running on a supported version
## Fix any duplicate email addresses #must
- Verify using SQL
> Duplicate email addresses are not supported by Jira Cloud and therefore can't be migrated with the Jira Cloud Migration Assistant. To avoid errors, you should find and fix any duplicate email addresses before migration. If user information is managed in an LDAP Server, you will need to update emails there and sync with Jira before the migration. If user information is managed locally, you can fix them through the Jira Server or Data Center user interface.
## Make sure you have the necessary permissions #must
- System Admin global permissions on the Server instance
- Exists in the target Cloud site
- Site Administrator Permission in the cloud
## Check for conflicts with group names #must
- Make sure that the groups in your Cloud Site don't have the same names as groups in Server
> Unless you are actively trying to merge them
- Delete or update add-on users so not to cause migration issues
- Verify via SQL
## Update firewall allowance rules #must
- None of the domains should be blocked by firewall or proxy
## Find a way to migrate apps #must
- Contact app vendors
## Check public access settings #must
- Projects
- Filters
- Filters
- Boards
- Dashboards
## Review server setup #mst
- at least 4gb Heap Allocation
- Open Files limit review
- Verify via support zip
## Check Server timezone #must for merging Cloud sites
- Switch to UTC is using any other timezone
> Add a system flag to the Jira Server instance -Duser.timezone=UTC as outlined in this article about updating documentation to include timezone details.
## Fix any duplicate shared configuration
## Storage limits
## Prepare the server instance
- Check data status
- All fields have value and are not null
-Any archived projects you wish to migrate are activated
## Prepare your cloud site
- Same Jira products enabled
- Same language
- User migration strategy
## Data backup
- Backup Jira Server site
- Backup Cloud site
## Run a test migration
- Done
## Notify Jira support
- Get in touch with Jira migration support

Use backups

On the one hand, having all of your Jira products on a server may seem like a backup in and of itself. On the other hand, there are data migration best practices we should follow even if it’s just a precaution. No one has ever felt sorry for their data being too safe. 

In addition, there are certain types of migration errors that can be resolved much faster with having a backup at hand. 

  1. Jira Server Database backup: this step creates a DB backup in an XML format.
    1. Log in with Jira System Admin permissions
    2. Go to system -> Import and Export -> Backup Manager -> Backup for server.
    3. Click the create Backup for server button. 
    4. Type in the name for your backup. 
    5. Jira will create a zipped XML file and notify you once the backup is ready. 

  1. Jira Cloud Backup: This backup also saves your data in an XML format. The process is quite similar to creating a Jira Server backup with the only difference taking place on the Backups page.
    1. Select the option to save your attachments, logos, and avatars.
    2. Click on the Create backup button. 

  1. As you can see, the Cloud backup includes the option to save attachments, avatars, and logos. This step should be done manually when backing up Server data.
    1. Create a Zip archive for this data
    2. Make sure it follows the structure suggested by Atlassian

Migrating your Jira instance to the cloud via the Jira Migration Assistant

Jira Cloud Migration Assistant is a free add-on Atlassian recommends using when migrating to the cloud. It accesses and evaluates your apps and helps migrate multiple projects. 

Overall, the migration assistant offers a more stable and reliable migration experience. It automatically checks for certain errors. It makes sure all users have unique and valid emails, and makes sure that none of the project names and keys conflict with one another. 

This is a step-by-step guide for importing your Jira Server data backup file into Jira Cloud.

  1. Log into Jira Cloud with admin permissions
  2. Go to System -> Import and Export -> External System Import
  3. Click on the Jira Server import option

  1. Select the backup Zip you have created 
  2. Jira will check the file for errors and present you with two options: enable or disable outgoing mail. Don’t worry, you will be able to change this section after the migration process is complete. 
  3. Then you will be presented with an option to merge Jira Server and Jira Cloud users
    1. Choosing overwrite will replace the users with users from the imported files
    2. The merge option will merge groups with the same name
    3. Lastly, you can select the third option if you are migrating users via Jira’s assistant
  4. Run the import

How do you migrate Jira Server into Jira DC?

Before we can proceed with the migration process, please make sure you meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Make sure you are installing Jira on one of the supported platforms. Atlassian has a list of supported platforms for Jira 9.1.
  2. Make sure the applications you are using are compatible with Jira DC. You will be required to switch to datacenter-compatible versions of your applications (they must be available). 
  3. Make sure you meet the necessary software and hardware requirements:
    1. You have a DC license
    2. You are using a supported database, OS, and Java version
    3. You are using OAuth authentication if your application links to other Atlassian products

Once you are certain you are ready to migrate your Jira Server to Jira Data Center, you can proceed with an installation that’s much simpler than one would expect.

  1. Upgrade your apps to be compatible with Jira DC
  2. Go to Administration -> Applications -> Versions and licenses
  3. Enter your Jira DC License Key
  4. Restart Jira

That’s it. You are all set. Well, unless your organization has specific needs such as continuous uptime, performance under heavy loads, and scalability, in which case you will need to set up a server cluster. You can find out more about setting up server clusters in this guide.  

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How to Hire App Developers in India?

To build a robust mobile application, a business needs to identify certain KPIs of a cutting-edge mobile app development approach that aligns with their business’s brand image and also offers economical mobile application development for their business mobile app.

For that, a business has to partner with an app development firm that provides end-to-end mobile app development services or hires app developers to fulfill their customized needs.

Furthermore, which way to opt totally depends on your entire mobile app development budget, as hiring a mobile app development company could be cost expensive, whereas moving forward by hiring app developers could be way economical.

The quality of app development would be similar, as the standards & protocols followed by an app development company or individual professionals are similar. Therefore, hiring mobile app developers would be convenient for a startup or a business that doesn’t have huge funds to spend on mobile app development.

If you are a small business or a startup, in this article, I will help you out with a budget-friendly mobile app development approach by teaching you people out how to hire app developers in India to scale up your business online by the end of 2021.

So if you are a small business owner or, as mentioned earlier, a startup, stick around until the end; you will learn key aspects of hiring app developers from India at cost-effective rates and similar mobile app development quality when partnering with mobile app development companies across the world.

To Hire app developers in India, a business needs to identify certain key performing indicators.

Those indicators will clarify which app development partner to move forward with for your business app development and which app developers would be able to cater to comprehensively throughout the app development process.

Get the Overview of their Expertise
Lookout at the Previous Work
Contact Their Clients

Now let us break down the above points in a brief to understand why these aspects play an essential part in building a successful mobile application for your business.

  • Get the Overview of their Expertise

The first thing a business needs to identify their hired mobile app development firm’s expertise, the technology stacks they use, what mobile app development tools they leverage while building a mobile application & how they streamline the entire mobile app development workflow.

While going through their entire mobile app development cycle, you will see if they are a perfect fit that can fulfill your app development needs or are just promising to moons and stars.

Walking with them helps you understand how your mobile app development project would be a tackle, so you can focus on other prospects of making your mobile app successful.

  • Lookout at the Previous Work

Taking a clear look at their previous work will give you surety of their working capabilities and what solution they can bring while working with you.

Therefore, go through their previous work, analyze the development structures, and designing patterns they follow to create an immersive user-experienced mobile app for their partners.

Once you are sure about their expertise and their prior projects, have ensured they could be the perfect fit for your project.

Don’t believe the depth of water by looking at the tip of the iceberg. Go ahead and see how deep it’s been.

  • Contact Their Clients

Connect with their previous clients, and ask their feedback about the partnership they had with a firm you are planning to work with.

Doing this will assure all the inside out of that company, and you will have a thorough brief of how to deal with them and what steps are important while working with them.

Wrapping Up

All these above factors are only a few of the considerable aspects that a business needs to look at while hiring app developers from India to build a mobile app.

Numerous elements play a critical role while finding an appropriate mobile app developer for your project, though all the above-mentioned points top the list of how to hire app developers in India and what to look for while hiring mobile app developers in India.

If you have any questions regarding mobile app design and development, please drop them in the comment section.

I would love to answer them and help you out with them.

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How long does it take to develop/build an app?

With more of us using smartphones, the popularity of mobile applications has exploded. In the digital era, the number of people looking for products and services online is growing rapidly. Smartphone owners look for mobile applications that give them quick access to companies’ products and services. As a result, mobile apps provide customers with a lot of benefits in just one device.

Likewise, companies use mobile apps to increase customer loyalty and improve their services. Mobile Developers are in high demand as companies use apps not only to create brand awareness but also to gather information. For that reason, mobile apps are used as tools to collect valuable data from customers to help companies improve their offer.

There are many types of mobile applications, each with its own advantages. For example, native apps perform better, while web apps don’t need to be customized for the platform or operating system (OS). Likewise, hybrid apps provide users with comfortable user experience. However, you may be wondering how long it takes to develop an app.

To give you an idea of how long the app development process takes, here’s a short guide.

App Idea & Research

app-idea-research

_Average time spent: two to five weeks _

This is the initial stage and a crucial step in setting the project in the right direction. In this stage, you brainstorm ideas and select the best one. Apart from that, you’ll need to do some research to see if your idea is viable. Remember that coming up with an idea is easy; the hard part is to make it a reality.

All your ideas may seem viable, but you still have to run some tests to keep it as real as possible. For that reason, when Web Developers are building a web app, they analyze the available ideas to see which one is the best match for the targeted audience.

Targeting the right audience is crucial when you are developing an app. It saves time when shaping the app in the right direction as you have a clear set of objectives. Likewise, analyzing how the app affects the market is essential. During the research process, App Developers must gather information about potential competitors and threats. This helps the app owners develop strategies to tackle difficulties that come up after the launch.

The research process can take several weeks, but it determines how successful your app can be. For that reason, you must take your time to know all the weaknesses and strengths of the competitors, possible app strategies, and targeted audience.

The outcomes of this stage are app prototypes and the minimum feasible product.

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Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out For in 2021

Do you want to keep up with new mobile app development trends to better serve your clients? From AppClues Infotech here, you can check out our complete guide to mobile app development trends to watch out for in the year 2021.

For more info:
Website: https://www.appcluesinfotech.com/
Email: info@appcluesinfotech.com
Call: +1-978-309-9910

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Mitchel Carter

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Developer Career Path: To Become a Team Lead or Stay a Developer?

For a developer, becoming a team leader can be a trap or open up opportunities for creating software. Two years ago, when I was a developer, I was thinking, “I want to be a team leader. It’s so cool, he’s in charge of everything and gets more money. It’s the next step after a senior.” Back then, no one could tell me how wrong I was. I had to find it out myself.

I Got to Be a Team Leader — Twice

I’m naturally very organized. Whatever I do, I try to put things in order, create systems and processes. So I’ve always been inclined to take on more responsibilities than just coding. My first startup job, let’s call it T, was complete chaos in terms of development processes.

Now I probably wouldn’t work in a place like that, but at the time, I enjoyed the vibe. Just imagine it — numerous clients and a team leader who set tasks to the developers in person (and often privately). We would often miss deadlines and had to work late. Once, my boss called and asked me to come back to work at 8 p.m. to finish one feature — all because the deadline was “the next morning.” But at T, we were a family.

We also did everything ourselves — or at least tried to. I’ll never forget how I had to install Ubuntu on a rack server that we got from one of our investors. When I would turn it on, it sounded like a helicopter taking off!

At T, I became a CTO and managed a team of 10 people. So it was my first experience as a team leader.

Then I came to work at D — as a developer. And it was so different in every way when it came to processes.

They employed classic Scrum with sprints, burndown charts, demos, story points, planning, and backlog grooming. I was amazed by the quality of processes, but at first, I was just coding and minding my own business. Then I became friends with the Scrum master. I would ask him lots of questions, and he would willingly answer them and recommend good books.

My favorite was Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg. The process at D was based on its methods. As a result, both managers and sellers knew when to expect the result.

Then I joined Skyeng, also as a developer. Unlike my other jobs, it excels at continuous integration with features shipped every day. Within my team, we used a Kanban-like method.

We were also lucky to have our team leader, Petya. At our F2F meetings, we could discuss anything, from missing deadlines to setting up a task tracker. Sometimes I would just give feedback or he would give me advice.

That’s how Petya got to know I’d had some management experience at T and learned Scrum at D.

So one day, he offered me to host a stand-up.

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