What’s the problem we’re actually trying to solve?

Out at Shine's various client sites, our teams often meet to discuss the pros and cons of various technical solutions. And in the past, there was one particular Shine manager who, if he was in attendance, would regularly pipe up and ask the question: what's the problem we're actually trying to solve here? Whilst it was kind of annoying at the time, it's now grown to be one of the most common questions I ask in solution design meetings. In this post I'm going to talk about why it's so important, why we tend to shy away from asking it, and how you can go about answering it.

TEL Newsletter – December 2018

Shine’s TEL group was established in 2011, like the date is important. We publicise the great technical work that Shine does, and raise the company’s profile as a technical thought-leader in the community through blogs, local meetup talks, conference presentations, and tattooing our logo on drunk developers. We curate all the noteworthy things that Shiners have been doing and publish a newsletter that nobody reads. Join us for a slightly festive edition. After all, nobody does Christmas better than corporate blogs.