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The world runs on software, but few companies seem able to find and retain enough software developers. Salaries are healthy, but job satisfaction is not. 

Beacon is on a mission to become the world’s leading developer experience (DX) platform by going deeper than traditional DX platforms.

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Outsourced software development challenges

Outsourced software development is on the rise. Over the past decade, there’s been an increase in the use of outsourcing for software development and is projected to continue rising steadily in the coming years. Startups, mid-sized companies, large enterprises, and government organizations are outsourcing to lower costs, access specialized skills...

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The case for engineering metrics

We heard it straight from one seasoned CTO’s mouth, who said, “this isn’t conjecture, I’ve been told very specifically – [the engineering team is] strongly averse to any type of metrics evaluation or estimations. I’d say about 70% of them have fallen on the wrong side of a spreadsheet at...

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The Agile Basics: what’s working?

Especially in this market, everyone is trying to answer this question. It’s not easy… There’s a lot dragging teams down: trying to recruit, pressure from execs to deliver “more with less,” burnout and employee churn, remote onboarding, reliance on offshore teams, and the increasingly complex tech stack — pressing teams...

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Explaining tech debt to non-technical teammates

In the era of seemingly never-ending tech layoffs, software development teams are being asked to do more with less. While teams are carrying on, continuing progress, releasing new features – tech debt never stops piling up. Development teams know that they have to chip away at technical debt or face...

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Engineering burnout? Or just fatigue.

We’ve all been there. You just feel like nothing is clicking. You’re procrastinating, moving slower than usual, don’t get those brilliant lightbulb moments anymore. The energy and enthusiasm are missing… You think it must be that you’re finally bored, or lacking passion for what you do. Particularly around the start...

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How engineering teams pay down tech debt

What is “tech debt”? Explained nicely by Asana’s team, “technical debt is the cost of additional work caused by choosing the quickest solution rather than the most effective solution.” Tech debt can also be “the result of a calculated move to both meet software deadlines and ship high quality code...

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