Health Care and Accessibility: No Longer an Option

Web accessibility is becoming an important topic in the software and tech industry to ensure that individuals are not being discriminated against. Accessibility is all about allowing individuals with impairments to access the same things as able-bodied users can.

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Martian-Driven Development

If you’ve been in software development long enough, you’ve probably been on the dreaded “Death March,” the project where there is no viable path to success and the team’s mood is overwhelmed by a sense of impending failure. This is the kind of project that burns engineers out and always seems to end in a dissatisfied product owner, in spite of heroic efforts. When a project turns into a death march, nobody wins.

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Introducing Young Women to Tech Through Their Smartphones

As Director of Women Who Code Twin Cities, I’m typically focused on the end of the tech “pipeline” — women who are already professional developers or are graduating from bootcamps after switching careers. But as a mother of two young girls, I’m obviously worried about the barriers to entry for young women into tech. There are issues throughout this process.

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This Is the QA Podcast: Episode 01

We’re excited to announce the debut of This Is the QA Podcast — the premier Quality Assurance podcast — written, produced and recorded by The Nerdery’s acclaimed QA team each month.
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Digital Development: Be The Hero Your Team Needs

Effective methods for leadership buy-in

When designed and implemented correctly, digital products and solutions can make employees’ lives easier and drive ROI. It’s what they’re created to do.

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Profiles in Nerdery: Gregg Walrod

Every month we feature one of our Nerds and have them share a little bit about themselves and what they love to do both inside and outside of The Nerdery. Today we’re highlighting Gregg Walrod, Development Manager at our Chicago office.
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Growing Successful Mobile Apps that Engage Your Users

Nearly two-thirds of Americans carry and use a smartphone daily. That number is only expected to grow in the coming years. When considering statistics like this, creating a native mobile app for Android or iOS can be a tempting — and smart — proposition for many businesses, not to mention an exciting project for your team!
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Building Axure Icon Widget Libraries Using Web Fonts

One of Axure’s strengths is creating deliverables of different visual fidelity: the ability to customize styles across variety of widgets creates a modular approach to design. When talking about visual design, however, it is not uncommon for user experience designers to have difficulty finding reliable icon libraries.

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Assembling An Accessibility Army

Nerdery Quality Assurance pushes the boundaries of the Internet and the industry

As a career Quality Assurance (QA) professional, I have noticed our physical realm undergo massive changes to ensure that accessibility is deeply ingrained into every aspect of our lives. In the early 1990s, physical accessibility was not just a standard, it was in demand. It was not only required by law, it was “the right thing to do.” My stubborn grandfather even upgraded his station wagon to a handicap-accessible van with a ramp.

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Announcements from MS Build

In case you missed MS Build two weeks ago, here are some of the big announcements.

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