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The better Jira alternative

The better Jira alternative

Jira and other issue trackers have been the go-to-tool for tracking software development work for the last decades. However, are they right for modern product teams?
Sigurd Seteklev
October 18, 2023
Fixing a 3 second lockup in our app by switching from Apollo Client to URQL

Fixing a 3 second lockup in our app by switching from Apollo Client to URQL

By replacing our GraphQL client, we were able to remove a bunch of unnecessary processing and prevent our app from freezing up
Kevin Simons
February 8, 2023
How to write great one-pagers, PRDs, Specs, and more

How to write great one-pagers, PRDs, Specs, and more

Creating effective product description documents: best practices and key takeaways for aligning your team
Sigurd Seteklev
January 17, 2023
Lessons learned from moving to Recoil.js

Lessons learned from moving to Recoil.js

We moved to Recoil.js to help remove unnecessary re-renders in our React application. Here are some tips we learned along the way.
Kevin Simons
October 12, 2022
Issue trackers considered harmful

Issue trackers considered harmful

Issue trackers are great at what they were built for. Namely, tracking bugs. But using them for tracking a product development workflow has a lot of issues, perhaps not widely known in the tech community.
Sigurd Seteklev
August 16, 2022
Kitemaker for designers

Kitemaker for designers

Someone told us that "Kitemaker does for product teams what Figma did for design". Find out why.
Sigurd Seteklev
June 1, 2022
10 great pieces on product development from 2021

10 great pieces on product development from 2021

Here is a list of a few excellent product development articles written in 2021.
Sigurd Seteklev
January 5, 2022
How we use Kitemaker (to build Kitemaker)

How we use Kitemaker (to build Kitemaker)

How we use our own tool to build our tool!
Sigurd Seteklev
March 3, 2021
Empower your engineers

Empower your engineers

Why and how to empower your engineers.
Kevin Simons
January 14, 2021
10 great pieces on product development in 2020

10 great pieces on product development in 2020

Here is a list of a few excellent product development articles written in 2020.
Sigurd Seteklev
December 22, 2020
Right-sizing elements of work

Right-sizing elements of work

Right-sizing work items is one aspect we have been thinking a lot about.
Sigurd Seteklev
December 1, 2020
You should consider making your web app offline-first

You should consider making your web app offline-first

The benefits and how-tos for building an offline first web app.
Kevin Simons
November 26, 2020
Scrum Guide 2020 implementation

Scrum Guide 2020 implementation

The 2020 Scrum Guide was recently published. Here is some of our thoughts.
Sigurd Seteklev
November 24, 2020
Work isn't issues, and teams aren't assignees

Work isn't issues, and teams aren't assignees

What we call things colors how we think about them.
Sigurd Seteklev
November 19, 2020
Finding order in the chaos of product development

Finding order in the chaos of product development

The best and worst part of product development is the mess.
Sigurd Seteklev
November 18, 2020
Building a rich text editor in React with SlateJS

Building a rich text editor in React with SlateJS

Building an awesome editor for your React-based web application is by no means easy. But with SlateJS things get much easier.
Kevin Simons
September 22, 2020
CSS is giving us a headache. Maybe Tailwind CSS is the cure?

CSS is giving us a headache. Maybe Tailwind CSS is the cure?

This is a post about the pain that comes from trying to scale CSS in a large project.
Kevin Simons
August 26, 2020
You need to get your team talking

You need to get your team talking

At Kitemaker, we’re firm believers in the fact that the single best way to get your team to perform better is to get them to collaborate more closely.
Kevin Simons
July 6, 2020
The hardest part of finishing something? Starting it

The hardest part of finishing something? Starting it

A particular form of procrastination I've found in others and me — failure to just get started.
Kevin Simons
May 27, 2020
Why we’re building Kitemaker

Why we’re building Kitemaker

In this article we describe the background for why we started building Kitemaker.
Sigurd Seteklev
May 25, 2020