Jumping off the waterfall – lessons learned from an agile transition 1

Jumping off the waterfall - lessons learned from an agile transition
At the Dublin leg of the 2014 Agile Tour, I recently gave a talk based on my experience leading a team’s agile transition from a classic waterfall approach. When preparing our move to agile, I found it fairly easy to find the success stories from other company’s transitions. However, during our transition, we hit some ...

The Daft.ie Property Tax Calculator – how does it work?

The Daft.ie Property Tax Calculator - how does it work?
Last week we launched a property tax calculator on Daft.ie. It’s a simple tool which asks for information on a property’s location, bedrooms, bathrooms and type, before giving an estimated value for the property. This in turn calculates the Local Property Tax (LPT) due to be paid when the new scheme starts in July. So, ...

Talking to Joe: What’s a mention by Joe Duffy worth? 1

Talking to Joe: What's a mention by Joe Duffy worth?
Yesterday on Daft we launched a Property Tax Calculator. The idea is to try to help homeowners estimate their property value ahead of the introduction of the Local Property Tax (LPT) this summer. Initial feedback we’ve received on it has been quite positive, not least because it’s a little more detailed than the tool which ...

Will valid markup now help your Google ranking?

Will valid markup now help your Google ranking?
Google recently published a list of 30 updates made to search over the tail end of 2011. Tucked away in the middle of the list is mention of improved support for rich snippets. The snippet types listed are shopping, recipes and reviews. Amongst the other information on rich snippets is listed a point that a ...

Programmatically Detect AdBlock Plus 4

Programmatically Detect AdBlock Plus
One issue that comes up time and again when working on classified sites such as Daft.ie and Adverts.ie is the inadvertent blocking of site functionality by the AdBlock Plus extension. As so many parts of classified sites will logically have phrases like “ad” in the url, legitimate site content and features can be blocked inadvertently ...