SingleStone’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

December 17, 2020

We have some pretty awesome people on our team. Thankfully, this year we were able to convince some of those awesome people to put their thoughts, insights, and ideas into writing. From inspiring articles about making business more human, to write-ups exploring modern tech strategies, our content reflects the extraordinary nature of our team.

We’re excited to share SingleStone’s ten most popular articles of 2020.

10. Our Data Methodology: Engagement Architecture

Examine how you actually engage with your data in Vida’s second article on SingleStone’s data methodology.

“Most consulting firms don’t deal with data’s engagement architecture. They only focus on two of the four V’s of data: volume and velocity. But we want to give you confidence in the variety and veracity of your data. So, we’re sticklers about engagement architecture.”

9. 7 Quality Assurance Principles: Build Agile, High-Performing Products

George dives in on SingleStone’s approach to quality assurance and shares our seven QA principles.

“These are not just guardrails or soft guidance, these principles can mean the difference between an amazing, highly usable and well-adopted product, or a good idea with poor performance, usability issues that may contain defects.”

8. The New American Dream: People Come First

Jimmy shares five ways leaders can make business more human.

“I’m not qualified to address most of the structural issues we face today. But as a CEO who works in close partnership with many other executives, I think business can—and should—play a bigger role in encouraging and enabling positive change.” 

7. Continuous Trust: The Real Answer to Leading Amidst a Crisis

Jimmy explores how leaders can navigate their organizations through the challenges of COVID-19 by balancing control and empowerment through trust.

“Trust is the currency of relationships. COVID-19 reminds us how important relationships are for our well-being. Instead of choosing the simplicity of control or empowerment, leaders should focus on earning trust in every interaction, with their teams and with their customers.

6. Our Data Methodology: Infrastructure Architecture

Vida shares our unique approach to establishing a strong foundation for advanced analytics.

“At its most powerful, data is a business-driving asset. But the mere collection of data doesn’t add value. The practice and service of data do. And they both require a supportive infrastructure—infrastructure that gets the right data to the right person to make the right decision at the right time.”

5. How to Build Your Own Chatbot with Dialogflow

Ready to build your own chatbot? Check out this tutorial from our very own Jay Hogan.

“This post will introduce you to Dialogflow. It will guide you through the creation of a chatbot for a fictitious Agile team management application, introducing you to key concepts of Dialogflow along the way.”

4. Every Branch Gets a Stack: A How-To Guide

Last year, we built our first SaaS solution. Which meant we got to decide how we built, tested, and released our code. Chris tells us how to build better software, faster, with our branch stack approach.

“One decision we made early on was that every branch of code we developed would get built and deployed—in its own environment—before it was merged. Building a complete application stack for every branch provides so many benefits…”

3. How to Generate Server-Side PDF Reports with Puppeteer, D3, and Handlebars

When Carlos had to find a way to produce server-side PDF reports, he got creative and found a solution. Now, he’s sharing step-by-step instructions for others who are facing the same challenge.

“Looking for a way to create a design-heavy, data-driven, beautifully styled PDF report—server-side with similar tools to what you are already using on the front-end? Stop your Google search. You’ve come to the right place.”

2. Service Meshes for Infrastructure/DevOps Teams: An Introduction

Don tells us what service meshes are, what makes them different, and why you should care.

“…I’m going to try and convince you that service meshes will not only be incredibly important for developers but can also be considered the next generation of security and network capabilities for the operations side.”

1. 7 Pipeline Design Patterns for Continuous Delivery

Ryan and Chris explain the seven pipeline design patterns for continuous delivery that they’ve seen in many modern tech organizations.

“Business agility is built on code agility. For modern digital products and services, the ability to release on demand quickly and safely is a real competitive business advantage. Code pipelines, and these seven design patterns in particular, can help your organization make giant leaps forward in speed and stability and have your teams performing at the elite level.”

And there you have it! What do you want to hear about next year? We’re always eager to explore new concepts and ideas, so please, comment below or send us a message if you’re curious about a particular topic. We’d love to join forces and explore with you.

Lindsay Russo

Marketing Manager