Avoiding a $10,000 AWS trap

If you’re a back end developer, DevOps or infrastructure person, or you’re interested in AWS Amazon Web Services, check out this blog post from our Developer Adrian Hindle.

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Why we choose BEM to help us make our code flexible, reusable and easy to modify

In Front End Developer Jon White's lightning talk for Brighton Digital Festival's Open Studios, he explained BEM and why we use it at Cogapp. If you're interested in approaches to building front end interfaces in an Agile environment, read on for a summary of his talk and some useful links.

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Six must-dos when creating online lesson resources: What teachers taught us about designing digital content

We recently invited teachers to show us how they planned their lessons and to tell us how to create digital educational resources that best help them in their work. At Cogapp we provide digital services to well-known museum and third-sector clients, many of whom provide educational content on their websites. 

Our research uncovered six things that digital designers should consider when creating online lesson resources:


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A shortlist of nine recommended online UX resources

Cogapp's Head of User Experience, Chris How, shares his recommended resources about user experience and user-centred design. Whether you are new to user experience, or looking to brush up your knowledge, you should find something of interest. All the resources that Chris recommends are free to use.

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Video highlights from MuseumNext Geneva 2015

MuseumNext is an international conference series that challenges the museum sector to discuss 'What’s next?'

Cogapp sponsored MuseumNext Geneva, as well as leading a workshop, Agile for Beginners and Thrillseekers. We had a brilliant time with lots of innovative people working in Museums, so we decided to ask our fellow attendees about their highlights of the conference.

Here's what they said:

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Quality control: how good is good enough?

With quality a key consideration in delivering digital projects, how can you make sure that you always achieve it? 

In this blog post, Senior Producer Joshua Routh talks about the importance of ensuring that quality is built in to the project from the start, and shares his checklist for gathering great digital requirements. 

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MuseumNext: Agile for Beginners and Thrillseekers workshop


We just ran a really enjoyable session at MuseumNext 2015 in Geneva; thanks to everyone who came, and apologies to those who didn't get a place. This post explains what we did, what we learnt, and how much fun we had!

We are running Agile Lunch Club on Monday 20th from 12.30 (immediately after the session) in the Mailchimp Auditorium where you can ask us anything about Agile in cultural institutions.  Or talk to us any time - in person at the conference or via twitter (details at the end of this post).

The workshop team: Gavin, Andy and Josh

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Ten (+1) takeaways from Museums and the Web Conference 2015

Chris How, Phil Davidson and I have just spent three days in Chicago at the Museums and the Web conference. The tornado came, the sun shone. We met up with old Cogapp friends and made plenty of new ones.

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Phil, Louise and Chris, by @_Lowedown

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When is Agile the right choice?

Have you been learning about Agile and wondering if it's the right choice for your next project? In this post, Cogapp's Head of Technical Production Andy Cummins talks you through the questions to ask before you start working in an Agile way and shares his tips on how to choose whether Agile is right for you.

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Some of our favourite Agile resources from around the web

Here at Cogapp we’re finding Agile a useful tool; within the last year alone we have launched four high-profile Agile projects. From the rich archives of the Qatar Digital Library to connecting generations with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Agile has helped us deliver world-class digital experiences.

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