Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust

In the ever-changing world of software, you’re never done learning new things. Atoms want to make great software, so need to stay at the top of our game. That’s why Teach and Learn is one of our five values.

I asked atoms, “What does Teach and Learn mean to you?” Here’s what they told me. Read more on Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust…

Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem

Atomic’s five values are central to every policy we create and every decision we make—and I don’t just mean management-level decisions. The last time we considered adding a new value, it started a 100-message-long email thread discussing what “transparency” meant and trying to get the wording just right. In other words, our values really matter to all of us. Read more on Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem…

A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development

Working for Atomic Object, a day at the office can including many things, such as meetings, project kickoff, sales meetings with clients, or project leadership. It’s pretty fast paced sometimes.

I don’t know if there’s anything as a “typical day,” but I’m going to walk you through a development-heavy day on my current project, where I’m using some technologies that are newer to me.   Read more on A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development…

Where Does Atomic Thrive?

In 2001, Atomic Object came to life in a small, rented workspace in an old red brick building in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. In 2003, when Atomic was still young and very small, we moved west on Wealthy Street to the red brick building we now call AOHQ. We’ve grown a lot since then, so it was smart of us to invest in a bigger house than we needed at the time. Turns out, the Uptown neighborhood suits us just fine.

In July 2012, we opened our Detroit office in another old, red brick building. And in September 2013, we hung the Atomic shingle out in Ann Arbor — in, you guessed it, a red brick building.

Atomic has chosen to locate our offices on the fringe of downtown in two larger Michigan cities (Grand Rapids and Detroit) and the center of a smaller scale city (Ann Arbor), where older, red brick commercial buildings are more likely to be the workplace options in stock. Read more on Where Does Atomic Thrive?…

Why You Should Never Use the Word “Obviously”

One of our core values at Atomic is Teach and Learn. This belief is evident in many different aspects at Atomic, from the external (presenting and attending conferences) to the internal (setting up brown bag presentations and weekly cross-team design reviews). It is also clear in the day-to-day work, like pairing and problem solving as a unit instead of as individuals.

As I’ve spent time learning and listening to the great teachers we have at Atomic, I’ve noticed one word missing from nearly everyone’s vocabulary: “obviously”. Read more on Why You Should Never Use the Word “Obviously”…