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From Software Engineer to VP of Engineering: leadership training at Cheesecake Labs

Two years ago, Cheesecake Labs had a team of around 45 Cakers — but we are growing fast. Our board knew that to keep pace with our growth we needed to proactively develop leaders. Enter Natam Oliveira. Natam joined Cheesecake Labs as a Software Engineer in 2018. He quickly started moving up the ranks; today, he is the VP of Engineering. How did Natam go from Software Engineer to VP? He became a leader at Cheesecake Labs with the help of our leadership training programs — and then he helped improve them! Here’s what his journey looked like from new Caker to VP.

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Opinion Business

The Cheesecake Labs approach to project management

It’s safe to say that there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what it is that project managers do. Project management is just filling out kanban boards and watching your budget, right?

Wrong!

At Cheesecake Labs, we believe that a project manager is vital to successful project workflow and product development. They’re the connective tissue that makes everything else possible. 

In this post, we’re going to pull back the curtain on Cheesecake Labs’s methodology, revealing how and why we prioritize project managers. 

Let’s start with the why!

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Opinion Business

Understanding the opportunity that voice search presents for your brand

Here’s a stat from Google that’ll make you sit up in your chair: 27% of internet users are using voice search on mobile.

Voice search is on the up. And If you’ve read our previous post predicting what may happen in the future of voice technology, you’ll know that we’re pretty excited about the possibilities.

But there are plenty of situations where voice search can create challenges for users, as well as your business. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the risk/benefit relationship voice search presents for your organization and then truly define your product before you dive in. 

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Opinion Business Desenvolvimento

Apps built with Flutter — 6 great examples

Considering using Flutter to build your next mobile app? That’s a great choice.

After all, Flutter is backed by Google and used by some of the biggest apps in the world. In this blog post, we’ll explore what’s so powerful about Flutter as a cross-platform framework and which apps you can draw inspiration from for your upcoming development project.
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The CKL view on Staff Augmentation

Staff augmentation. In modern day business — and especially app development — you’ve either heard of it or done it yourself.

But in case you need a quick recap, staff augmentation is a type of outsourcing strategy where employees are hired in to fill gaps on projects and products to push the agenda forward. It’s a convenient way for companies of all sizes to boost their output without needing to go through a lengthy, expensive hiring process.
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Screw the minimum ‘viable’ product, let’s talk about value!

Chances are, you’re familiar with the term ‘Minimum viable product’. Colloquially abbreviated to ‘MVP’, these three words have taken the product development and lean startup world by storm for years.

And for good reason, too. Working with an MVP brings a whole host of benefits — it creates a framework for releasing new products quickly, without getting bogged down in the features that are nice, but not necessary, for your initial release.
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Opinion Desenvolvimento

Rethinking Atomic React: an interpretation of Brad Frost’s Atomic Design to use in React projects

Atomic Design is a very widespread topic nowadays within the front-end community, but while looking at several projects, I realized that there is still  a lot of personal opinion on its implementation, and here I list some points that caught my attention throughout the years.

This article is not a tutorial on how to create your applications but it is intended to share my interpretation on how to best use this amazing methodology. Continue Reading