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Training & Certifications

This article describes some work in progress. I’m sharing to get feedback form the community and there are questions in bold. You can answer in the comments, by replying in social media or emailing me. This is an oft misunderstood topic. I used to put a low value on training. During my time in tech…

Training & Certifications

This article describes some work in progress. I’m sharing to get feedback form the community and there are questions in bold. You can answer in the comments, by replying in social media or emailing me. This is an oft misunderstood topic. I used to put a low value on training. During my time in tech…

What does it mean to be a “Senior” Engineer?

Most engineers aspire to be considered “senior”, the title being recognition of their career journey and the value they can add to a business. However, I find there are many misconceptions amongst engineers about what it really means to be senior. In this article I’m going to lay out my perspective on what it means…

Treat Your People Right

I strongly believe that work should be a fulfilling and even enjoyable part of each of our lives. We spend a lot of time working, and for many of us it is the main ways we contribute to our communities and society as a whole. Like many companies, Nolte is a knowledge business, which means…

The Focus of a Smooth-Running Technology Organisation

A couple of months ago I wrote about What Technology Leadership Means To Me, describing my journey during 2020. But what does the current state of our technology organisation look like? A Focus on Our Clients’ Goals Our philosophy is to co-create digital products with our clients by solving problems in a way which makes…

WordPress E2E & UI Testing

As we continue to strive towards excellence in QA, we are looking to automate more of our QA process. WordPress presents some very specific challenges, and this article discussed some of the strategies we’ve used to automate testing for bespoke WordPress websites. UI Testing We have recently started using Happo for screenshot testing. The main…

What Technology Leadership Means To Me

I’ve spent the last few months working with a business coach, digging deep into what leadership means to me. In this article I briefly share my journey… My views on leadership have changed dramatically since I suffered a leadership breakdown at the end of 2019. In short, back then it seemed nothing I did made…

Improving LCP in WordPress: Part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part series (part 1 is here)In part 1 I looked at where to start when it comes to improving LCP for WordPress sites, and at some steps you can take to improve back-end performance. Part 2 looks at the front-end. If you’ve covered the server-side and are happy with the…

Improving LCP in WordPress: Part 1

This is part 1 of a two-part seriesIn part 1 I look at what LCP is, why it’s important and then I explains how to measure LCP and steps to take on the back-end to improve it. We all know that performance is a key success factor for most online businesses. Bounce rates increase exponentially…

Planning to a Budget

A new project, a new tech, a chance to build something better than I’ve ever built before. I’m sure all engineers have felt something like this when starting a new project. But then the constraints come along, and our enthusiasm is dashed. Unless we view these constraints as an opportunity for creativity! Read on… One…