When we started Red Badger, we did it because we believed that there was a better way to help businesses transform digitally than the consultancy options that were available at the time. We set out to create an environment where great people could do great work focused on quality, value and collaboration. Nearly seven years later, we still believe this is true.
Find out why Amazon’s "Hello World" example might set you off on the wrong path when it comes to building Alexa Skills.
Have you seen Star Trek? If you haven’t, you should. One of the pieces of future tech that is quietly on display throughout the show is the ability to talk to the computer. Whether it’s asking the computer where someone is or ordering a cup of earl grey tea - the computer has no problem understanding the questions it is asked, and who’s asking them.
For the last couple of weeks, Graham, Marcel, Sinem and I have been experimenting with Amazon’s Alexa Echo Dot. An Electric Hockey Puck that uses voice recognition powered by Amazon Alexa voice assistant. In this blog I’d like to explain how one goes about creating their first Alexa skill.
VUI is new territory for both developers and designers. Developers are ramping up their skills to make machines take inputs and make sense of them better, while designers work on making the interaction less mechanic
Why is failure considered a bad outcome? In fact it can be used to reduce risk and uncertainty, and validate ideas that are much more likely to result in better products and services.
Karma Tracker is a Red Badger project, implemented in Clojure, that tracks contributions to OpenSource projects by the members of an organisation.
Neglecting accessibility in development is not an option if you want your end-product to have mass appeal.
As sketching is often seen as an extension of writing and speaking, of course there is going to be some anxiety if you believe you are unfamiliar with, or unpracticed in, the language you are being asked to use. One solution to overcome this is to offer a simple and unified language in which to sketch: Sketch Thinking.
Starting a new job brings the inevitable challenges of everything being new - routine, colleagues, locations and ways of working. While you obviously have an opportunity to gauge a company culture during the interview process, you don’t really know how good a fit you and the company will be until you get started.
Automation should help us to achieve the speed to market we all aspire to. So why do so many teams insist on overloading their test suites to the point that they become a counter-intuitive burden?
Continuous integration servers like Jenkins and CircleCI can display summaries of test results, surfacing information like “which of our tests are slow?” and, crucially, “which of our tests are failing?”. We've released an open-source plugin for Clojure projects to make it easier to identify and diagnose test failures in these summaries.
Increasingly, VR is being used as a tool for different sectors like healthcare, education, tourism, automotive and retailers and I want to focus on how these changes could have a positive impact on these sectors.
On the weekend of the 4th & 5th February I went to Brussels to participate on FOSDEM, Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, for the 3rd time. FOSDEM is the biggest free and open source software conference in Europe and it is the one event I absolutely can’t miss ever since I moved here.
A good test harness is an essential safety net in any code base. Tests save us from ourselves – from writing bad functions, regressing existing features, and creating user journeys with dead ends. Most importantly, they give us a sense of trust that what we release to the world, while never perfect, is at least functional and getting better and better all the time.
Red Badger is prototyping a series of play cards to help solve sticky challenges with inspiration from Lean, Agile and Coaching. Our research has shown that the toughest challenges for design consultants may not be in design or tech. In the following articles we are going to share our latest thinking with you.
You can’t really call it a cross-functional team if there isn’t UX and Design in it to deliver your product. But we see so many times we get a request to take out UXD from our team structure. Sound reasonable to you? Let me explain why they are not.
In just a few weeks (eek) we are hosting the first React conference in London - React London 2017. The plan for the conference day itself is of course all taken care of but as lots of our guests are coming from outside of London we thought it would be nice to make some suggestions about how to make the most of any extra time in London.
Docker 1.13 has a lot of much needed improvements including new CLI clean-up commands. In addition Docker for AWS and Azure is now out of beta and is now production ready. Woop!
This January 24th we gathered for another React London meetup. Pizza and drinks brought us joy and warmth while Facebook’s office got packed with hundreds of developers excited for a great round of talks.