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Take a look under the hood with the TotallyMoney developers.

1,000 pull requests and counting

Today marks a special occasion: we’ve reached 1000 Pull Requests in our ‘My Account’ code repository. This shows a successful cumulative effort by a cross-functional team of developers, designers, UX and copywriters. We’re taking a moment to congratulate ourselves on 1000 examples of acting collaboratively!   Opening a Pull Request (PR) indicates that someone on the …

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Building a Data-Driven Culture

Data-driven decision making: the reality Data enables us to take risks out of decisions by confirming assumptions, as well as helping us to measure our progress. This data-driven approach has been a core driver of TotallyMoney’s success. However, we hit a few problems: i) One-dimensional reporting feeding into individual excel files. ii) Crude and varied …

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Don’t Looker back in anger

Towards the end of 2017, the Marketing Team heard rumours of a new data analytics platform to replace the ‘Viper’ interface, which we built in-house using SQL. Although Viper provided most of the key metrics needed to optimise marketing campaigns and track performance, looking at the data would sometimes raise more questions than the data …

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Creating a personalised offers page for customers

In 2017, TotallyMoney created Borrowing Power to help customers understand how likely they are to get credit. Last week, with the launch of the new ‘Your Offers’ page, we’ve developed that idea into an optimised, personalised experience for all TotallyMoney account customers. Now  they can take full advantage of their Borrowing Power. We’ve seen how …

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The Polyglot Pipeline

The two prevailing languages at TotallyMoney are JavaScript and C# (.net). A typical product of ours is composed of a JavaScript frontend and a .net backend, with each component packaged separately. However, any single-code repository rarely contains a mixture of languages.   We create value for our customers by delivering quality products. The drawback of …

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How We Built a Free Credit Report

We recently launched our new free credit report on TotallyMoney and we had to do it in a fairly short time with a small team.  To be fair, small, focused teams is the way we prefer to work but it does mean we have to make careful choices about tools and technology in order to …

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The Building Behind Building a Fairer Consumer Credit Market

TotallyMoney’s mission has always been to help customers get a better deal from the credit industry and to build a fairer credit market for consumers.  Once the idea to provide our customers with a free credit report was born and then, after all the negotiations, planning and designing were finalised, the task of building it came …

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Sittin' On the Docker of the API

Continuing the theme of Microsoft’s recent endeavours to move their entire development stack towards a platform agnostic, more Open Source world, I thought I’d share some of the adventures I’ve had along this bleeding edge of development. Here at TotallyMoney.com, we are happy to have been early adopters of .Net Core, using it to power …

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(Some) rules of software development that might apply in the rest of your life

Many of these rules relate to software development, but can be applied more broadly and produce some interesting learnings for business. Occam’s Razor The simplest answer is usually correct. Recognised long before the time of William of Ockham, after whom the rule is named, the learning from this rule is that minimising your assumptions can …

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