Category: Leadership

  • What I’ve Learned about Communication

    What I’ve Learned about Communication

    I’ve learned as much about communication as I’ve learned about code since working at Alley (we’re hiring), a fully distributed digital agency. Since we all work remotely, communication happens using Slack and Zoom on the computer. While these tips outlined in this article certainly stem from things I’ve learned while working remotely, these are in…

  • Scrum, Software Development, and 1 Week Sprints

    Scrum, Software Development, and 1 Week Sprints

    I love scrum. Done right, tasks are small enough that they fit into a 1 week sprint. Because of the unknowns of software development, sometimes your first step is figuring out the first step. How do you write acceptance criteria for that? Basically, you need a ticket to allow you to sit back and think…

  • Software developers: don’t blame yourself

    Software developers: don’t blame yourself

    Are you a software developer? Do you agree with these statements? New code will have bugs. Old code also has bugs.  They’re just less obvious. It’s easy to make a mistake. No matter how much you learn, there will always be something you don’t know. A small change can have a big effect. If these…

  • Put out the fire first.

    Put out the fire first.

    Listening to some podcast which I’ve long since forgotten the name of, I heard a top executive talk about how there was always the fire of the day to put out. This small comment changed how I thought about my work. We have a list of things to do, but the most important task may…

  • Rapid Change

    Rapid Change

    Future Shock by Alvin Toffler, is about the consequences of rapid technological change.  I read it years ago, but have been really feeling the rapidity of it lately. There is a pace of change that is comfortable for the human mind.  Too fast, and stress increases, and things begin to fall apart.  Some people like…

  • As a Web Developer, I should Add a Checkbox

    As a Web Developer, I should Add a Checkbox

    I am dedicated to staying sane.  Sanity is not an option. But providing options may save your sanity, if you are a web developer.  Clients will rarely ask for the ability to turn something on and off.  Instead, they will describe the feature’s settings and appearance, but inevitably they will forget to tell you to…

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