Product
Eadaoin Doherty

Product managers and user research

As a Product Manager, I delight in how the collaboration of a product brain and a design brain will always give a better outcome than just one of those brains going solo. However, the reality is, sometimes product peeps have to go it alone when doing user research. I want to reassure you that as a product person, you can do this and get some really valuable insights by following these basic rules.

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Company
Stu Liston

Our most recent Staff Engagement Scores are out

In February, our CEO Mark wrote a blog post about what it’s really like to work at Cogent, which described why we’re taking the rather unusual step of publicly sharing our employee engagement survey results. Since then we’ve run another survey so, in the continued spirit of transparency, I wanted to share some of the insights we’ve gained.

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Tech
Erin Zimmer

CSS Layout: Normal Flow

It’s worth understanding normal CSS flow, what it’s good for, and why it makes it so hard to centre things vertically. In order to do that though, there are three main concepts that we need to understand – block elements, inline elements, and line boxes.

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Growth
Matt Shanks

Getting to where you need to be

At Cogent, we’ve helped businesses grow from pre-seed to scale-up and beyond. We’ve partnered with founders, and even founded businesses ourselves. We know what it takes to grow a business at each of those critical early stages. And, instead of keeping that to ourselves, we’ve done what Cogent does best, created something so scaling business can benefit.

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Tech
Paula Feleggakis

The importance of learning to read code

Felienne Hermans recently gave a marvellous talk which relieved one of my lingering insecurities almost immediately – she told me that it was OK to spend time reading code, and that it was in fact a necessary precursor to being able to write code effectively.

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Design
Matt Shanks

Design and Development Empathy – Covidence Case Study

It’s been interesting to watch the ways in which software companies are trying to bridge the conceptual and language gaps of designers and developers. There are frameworks, design systems, collaboration tools and so on that are ‘trying to connect designers and developers in a better way’. And, whilst I use these tools regularly, none of them come close to doing the actual work of listening and understanding the needs of ‘the other’.

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Tech
Navin Keswani

Data Engineering Principles

I’ve recently joined Cogent as a Lead Developer and before that, I worked on Data related systems as a Data Engineer and as an Architect. I’d like to bring some of the knowledge and experience from these domains to the Cogent community and so I thought that cross posting this article (that also appears on my personal blog), would be a good way to start.

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