Inside Symbiote

Continuous learning and knowledge sharing are key aspects of day to day life at Symbiote and Insights are an opportunity for us to share that knowledge with the community.

Insights

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Website accessibility is about inclusion - and it should be standard, not extra

By Nathan Barry

Designing and coding websites to make them accessible makes them better for all kinds of users and technology.

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Retros – looking back improves our future work

By Justin Matthies

We use retros at Symbiote to look at the past to help us to look ahead

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Front-end web design is a balancing act

By Chris James

Building the front-end of a website is a balancing act.

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I love to break things – that’s what makes me a great software tester

By Priti Padmawar

My job, as Symbiote’s Quality Assurance analyst, is to try to break things so our developers can fix them to deliver a high quality product.

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What it’s like starting a new IT job in Australia during a pandemic

By Amanda Brown

Five of Symbiote's new team members talk about job hunting during the pandemic and their first impressions of working here

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Investigating bugs with Silverstripe vendor packages

By Chris James

Bug-fixing is satisfying. The process is always different and can result in some unexpected benefits. Follow along with Chris to see where one bug fix led him.

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Vulnerability, security and compliance – these should all be managed in real-time

By Owen Windsor

It's possible and necessary to actively identify, monitor and respond to security threats across your systems.

3 MIN

Why including Developers in UX research leads to better outcomes

We included a web developer right from the start in a recent extranet project – here’s what he had to say about the experience.

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Three useful online co-design activities

By Rachel Kelly

Co-design activities can work really well for geographically dispersed teams and they don’t have to consume a lot of time.

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Using co-design to add some creative impetus to Agile squads

By Amanda Brown

Co-design isn’t just for big pre-planned workshops. It can be the great unblocker: this is why we jump into an impromptu codesign session to trigger more creative solutions anytime we need a burst of creative problem solving during our Agile projects.

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Moving our co-design sessions online during COVID turned to be an advantage

By Rachel Kelly

Online co-design activities can work well for geographically dispersed teams and they don’t have to consume a lot of time.

2 MIN

A breakdown of our cultural learning program

By Rachel Kelly

Interested in implementing your own Cultural Learning program but don't know where to start? Check out the final blog in our three part series which outlines the steps we took and the impact it had.

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Removing the blinkers and bringing in useful perspectives

By Rachel Kelly

Discover our Culture of Co-design in the first of five blog series.

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How we developed the Cultural Learning program

By Rachel Kelly

Find out why connecting with your local Indigenous community group is a good place to start when building a Cultural Learning program and how applying a Human-First approach can lead to more meaningful outcomes.

3 MIN

Cultural learning at Symbiote – starting from where we are

By Rachel Kelly

Building empathy and understanding for other people's lived experiences is an essential part of life, discover how our diverse views of Australia Day lead us to develop a Cultural Learning Program.

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